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Benefits Of Not Being Circumcised
Preventative if any: Circ rates run 0-80% depending on cultural, religious and healthcare practices around the world. The only males with utis I've treated in 3 decades were uncircumcised and under 2mo old. You never have a trapped glans (paraphimosis) or cancer of the removed area. Reduction in std rates are documented. I viiew it similar to piercing ears but with known health benifits. Easy and heals quick for newborns. ...Read more
Hard to say...: Circumcision is unnecessary if good hygiene is done. Babies are born complete, finished, and perfectly fine (except for the few unlucky ones with birth defects). Circumcisions are done for religious and cultural reasons, but the procedure does permanently change the genitals, so parents should think about it and talk about it before doing anything to their perfect little newborn. ...Read more
Hygiene etc.: Less risk of urinary infections in first 6 - 12 months of life, which are quite uncommon anyway. Worth doing in boys with urinary tract abnormalities such as urethral valves, bladder reflux or hydronephrosis. Much cleaner for men who do not wash. Is a cure for phimosis (tight foreskin). Prevents the all too rare cancer of penis. Significant reduction in HIV ;hpv transmission (studies from africa). ...Read more
Done as a baby, circumcision reduces utis in the first year. Std susceptibility is reduced in circ'd vs. Uncirc'd men. Penile cancer almost never occurs in circ'd men.
Phimosis (tight foreskin) can develop in some uncirc'd men. The foreskin can crack and bleed with erections. The tight skin can also get stuck behind the head, strangling the penis. This is an emergency called paraphimosis. ...Read more
Phimosis: Adult circumcision is typically done for phimosis (tight foreskin). The problems with phimosis that should make one consider circumcision are painful erection/intercourse, recurring infection, severe cracking and bleeding of the tight foreskin and the inability to adequately keep the penis clean and hygienic. ...Read more
Yes 4 tight foreskin: There are no health benefits from circumcision if foreskin retracts easily and subject keeps his penis clean. There are reports from Africa that it reduces risk of HIV by 50%. However, if there are considerable benefits if foreskin is too tight to retract easily (phimosis) as subject will now be able to remove smegma with ease, keep penis nice & sex will be much pleasanter. ...Read more
For you or baby?: For a baby, there are many advantages. Decrease in risk of foreskin closure over the tip, decreased risk of penile cancer, decreased risk of std's in the future. And the procedure is minimally painful if handled right, quick recovery. For an adult, the benefits are still there, but the recovery is more difficult and it's a more involved procedure. Consult with a urologist for more information. ...Read more
It is often done: For religious, cultural and aesthetic reasons. In some cases - there is medical indications. ...Read more
Personal choice/yes: Circumcisions are a personal choice common to various religious or cultural practices. They are common to some parts of the world and not other. They are simple to do and heal rapidly in newborns but the risks and complications increase with age. There are supportive data showing a lifelong reduction in UTI's & std's. In the end it is a matter of personal choice. ...Read more
If not too tight: Has lots of sensation which can be pleasurable. However can be uncomfortable or even painful ; liable to tear if remains after circumcision and is tight. Similar to a bowstring. Some men are happy to have retained their frenulum ; others feel the opposite. Important thing about an adult foreskin is have just right amount of skin removed. Urologist should be able to decide whether to keep frenulum. ...Read more
Help please? I want to know what are the benefits and the risks/harms (short term and long term) of the circumcision?
Some +s some -s: AAPeds. Says benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks.Urinary tract infections more in uncircumcised male infants (hospitalization)Severe infections early in life can lead to kidney problems later on. Decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections (HIV).Occasionally, foreskin difficult or impossible to retract (phimosis).Less penile ca. Risks of surgery include infection, scarring, bleeding. ...Read more
I'm 22 and not circumcised I'm on the fence of getting it done but I'm not sure if I should at this age? So should I get it, would it benefit me?
In the 28 countries: In the middle east and africa where it is actively practiced it is seen by many as important. It increases social status, makes a female marriageable, ensures virginity & fidelity & removes what is often viewed as filthy & ugly - female genitalia. It is also practices in a number of other countries. There are absolutely no medical benefits to female circumcision - it can lead to death, recurrent. ...Read more
Depends on phimosis: There are no health benefits from circumcision if foreskin retracts easily and subject keeps his penis clean. There are reports from Africa that it reduces risk of HIV by 50%. However, if there are considerable benefits if foreskin is too tight to retract easily (phimosis) as subject will now be able to remove smegma with ease, keep penis nice & sex will be much pleasanter. ...Read more
NEVER, NEVER: I repeat - NEVER a health benefit from a female circumcision. It is barbaric. ...Read more
Please is there any benefit to female circumcision and what exactly is d reason for practicing it?
Depends on procedure: This can either be islamic fundamentalist genital cutting mutilation perfromed in certain primitive and backward communities. This is dangerous, illegal in all civilised countries and has no benefit other than parents or prospective spouse knowing that the woman is a virgin. Some call trimming hooded skin over head of clitoris female circumcision. This can increase clitoral sensitivity during sex. ...Read more
Is there any benefit to female circumcision? If not, what exactly is the reason for practicing it?
Depends on procedure: This can either be islamic fundamentalist genital cutting or mutilation & clitoris is amputated & vaginal opening partially closed. This is dangerous, illegal in all civilised countries and has no benefit other than prospective spouse knowing that the woman is a virgin. Some call trimming hooded skin over head of clitoris female circumcision. This can increase clitoral sensitivity during sex. ...Read more
If you get circumcised as adult, do you still get the same health benefits as if you were cirumcised at birth?
Yes, mainly in that you would be less likely to harbor diseases/viruses that can be transmitted.
The chance of penis cancer is low regardless.
HOWEVER, unless there are problems with being uncircumcised (such as infections, irritation, pain, etc), I don't think you need it at this point in your like. ...Read more
Infant circumcision benefits outweigh the risks according to the american academy of pediatrics (aap). What are other opinions?
Infant Circumcision: Recent research found that there was not enough evidence that circumcision definitely prevented UTI and STD and hence currently circumcision is considered to be more for religious or family preferences. The coverage for the procedure by the insurances has also undergone a slight change recently. But many still are strong in the belief that there is a definite benefit from circumcision ...Read more
I'm circumcised and have been masturbating without any lubrication. I went about to use hand cream for this act. Is it good idea? Does it have benefit
Eros Silicone Lube: Friction can cause "burns", so a non-sticky silicone based lube might make things more comfortable. Just a little goes a long way, won't get sticky. Just do not use silicone lubes with latex condoms, as they can weaken them causing them to break! Some lotions have fragrances, and other chemicals that are supposed to help exfoliate dry skin off our hands--they could cause redness ; itching! ...Read more
Circumcision: Circumcision is the surgical removal of foreskin that covers the glans- tip of the penis. The procedure is done under local anesthesia. Circumcision is done primarily for religious and cultural reasons. Uncircumcised males can be kept clean with gentle cleaning of the tip of the penis. ...Read more
Removal of foreskin: Performed on all jewish babies on 8th day of life, on all devout muslims before adulthood & majority of caucasian americans. It prevents smega collection under a foreskin, reduces risk of utis in 1st 6-months of life & risk of cancer in men with poor penile hygeine or inability to retract foreskin & significantly reduces risk of HIV in africa & possibly elsewhere.. ...Read more
Depends on variables: For newborns the boy is positioned on a restraint. The area is anesthetized with a local and sanitized with an antiseptic. The foreskin is cut open along the top and a metal clamp is applied that protects the glans and defines the limit of the circular cut. The excess foreskin is cut and removed, the clamp is then removed and the site covered with vasaline and gauze. Other methods are also used. ...Read more
Here are some. ..: Circumcision, like any surgery, is the last resort of taking care of recurrent chronic / acute inflammation from infection or poor hygiene which has failed to respond to conservative topical Rx / care. It can be done under local, usually with good outcome and help to solve the bother from long tight foreskin. More? Ask Doc timely. ...Read more