Surgical instruments

Circumcision

Men are born with a foreskin – a skin that covers and protects the penis head.

When a boy or a man is circumcised, his foreskin is removed and the head of the penis is exposed.

circumcised uncircumcised penis
© Love Matters

Reasons

Circumcision is done for a variety of reasons. In some places, it shows that men belong to a certain religion, ethnic group, or tribe. In other situations, parents have their sons circumcised for hygiene or health reasons.

Male circumcision around the world

The World Health Organization estimates that 30 per cent of males around the world is circumcised. Among some groups, such as Jews and Muslims, nearly all men are circumcised.

What are the advantages of being circumcised?

According to some research, circumcised men have a lower risk of:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Chancroid disease

This may be because a foreskin provides a moist environment where germs are more likely to grow.

With a circumcised penis, the head may be less sensitive, so the man can go on longer during intercourse before ejaculating. For some men, this can be a bonus.

What are the disadvantages of being circumcised?

Research suggests that circumcised men may find it much harder to reach an orgasm as they get older. This can also make sex less pleasurable for their partners.

Some people feel that circumcision is a violent act and harmful to a boy's or man’s body. For example, the Royal Dutch Medical Society (KNMG) calls circumcision for non-medical reasons 'an infringement of a child’s right to autonomy and the right to bodily integrity'. The society says the operation brings unnecessary risks of complications.

Finally, some uncircumcised men are very happy to have their foreskin!

Comments

Hi Bonnie, how many shots a person can go is depended on a number of things and these may vary from person to person. If you wish to go for more than one shot, talk to your partner and agree on this. Remember, there is  the refractory period, where a man can't get an erection. This happens immediately after ejaculation. It is a good time to focus on their partner, soon enough one will be able to get an erection and they can have intercourse again. 

It's now day 10 after circumcision but there's still a swelling underneath my penis and it hurts when my penis erects to the extent of blood coming out is this normal?

Hi, research has shown that circumcision reduces the risk of infection among circumcised men slightly over 60 per cent. This however doesn't mean a circumcised man cannot be infected, circumcision only reduces the the risk. For this reason, it is important to use protection to protect oneself from the risk of getting infected with HIV.

Hey Tom, you can try and avoid those things that will trigger an erection. However, Penises have their own minds and sometimes one will get an erection even if they didn't want to have one. Sometimes an erection will have nothing to do with arousal. Also, sometimes you will wake up with an erection, hopefully you will heal with minimal challenges. 

Hey Rapemo, An erection when the circumcision wound is not completely healed can lead to tares  which can complicate the healing process. While penises will sometimes have minds of their own, it is important for one to  try and avoid getting one. An important tip is to try and avoid what can lead to an erection, perhaps triggers that may cause you to be aroused, keeping you bladder empty has also been cited to help ensure one does not get an erection including sex. Talk to the health provider who may also provide tips on taking care of the wound.

Add new comment

Comment

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang>