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Benefits Of Circumcision
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Circumcision: 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
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
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