Circumcision is the surgical removal of the skin covering the tip of the penis, also known as foreskin or prepuce. It is considered as a minor procedure and can be done under local anesthesia, but sometimes require sedation or general anesthesia.
Circumcision is usually done as a ritual procedure for religious purposes, medical indications like recurrent infections, phimosis and paraphimosis; and at times by request from patients for cleanliness purposes.
Circumcision procedure. Pic from EAU patient information.
Circumcision might have various health benefits, including:
- Easier hygiene. Circumcision makes it simpler to wash the penis. However, boys with uncircumcised penises can be taught to wash regularly beneath the foreskin.
- Decreased risk of urinary tract infections. The risk of urinary tract infections in males is low, but these infections are more common in uncircumcised males. Severe infections early in life can lead to kidney problems later.
- Decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections. Circumcised men might have a lower risk of certain sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Still, safe sexual practices remain essential.
- Prevention of penile problems. Occasionally, the foreskin on an uncircumcised penis can be difficult or impossible to retract (phimosis). This can lead to inflammation of the foreskin or head of the penis.
- Decreased risk of penile cancer. Although cancer of the penis is rare, it is less common in circumcised men. In addition, cervical cancer is less common in the female sexual partners of circumcised men.
It is best you discuss with your doctor or the benefits and pros and cons of circumcision and whether you require one or not.