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The Advantages of Adult Circumcision

Male circumcision signifies the surgical removal of the foreskin. The foreskin is the retractable fold of skin that shields the end of the male organ. It’s a continuance of the skin that covers the whole male organ. During a circumcision, the foreskin is released from the head of the male organ, and the excess foreskin is surgically removed. If conducted during the newborn period, the procedure is done within 5 to 10 minutes. Adult circumcision is done in one hour. The circumcision generally heals in 5 to 7 days.

Circumcision is typically conducted on the first or second day after birth. It is a religious or cultural rite for many Jewish and Islamic families, as well as some aboriginal tribes in Africa and Australia. Circumcision can also be an issue of family tradition, personal hygiene or preventive health care. Nevertheless, it becomes more complicated and dangerous in older babies, children, and men. Circumcision is a sensitive topic for adult males, and there are two camps of thought advocating for and against it. Here are some of the benefits of adult circumcision.

HIV Prevention

There are some studies that show that circumcision lowers the risk of heterosexual men acquiring HIV, and it’s promoted as part of HIV prevention programs in a few African countries (e.g. in Kenya and Uganda) with high rates of HIV. The chances of acquiring genital ulcers, chlamydia, human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis, and type 2 herpes have been shown to be lower in men who are circumcised. By getting circumcision, you not only reduce your own HIV and STI risk, but your partner’s too. Nonetheless, safe sexual practices are still essential.

Lower Risk of Penile Conditions

When a guy is not circumcised, moisture can get confined between his male organ and the foreskin, which creates the best place for bacteria to grow. This implies that there’s a bigger risk of infection and it’s easier to contaminate other people. The general risk of urinary tract infections in males is low, however, these infections are more typical in uncircumcised males. Keep in mind that severe infections early in life can result in kidney issues later on.

From time to time, the foreskin on an uncircumcised male organ can be hard or impossible to retract (phimosis). This can result in the inflammation of the foreskin or the head of the male organ. While cancer of the male organ is infrequent, it is less common in circumcised men. Moreover, cervical cancer is less common in the female sexual partners of circumcised men.

Better Sexual Experience

Various men may choose to get circumcised because they believe that a circumcised male organ will be more sensitive and improve their sexual experience.