Circumcision – Everything You Should Know About It. Facts And Myths
In some cultures, circumcision is a ritual cultivated for centuries, sometimes it is even the foundation of religion – as in Judaism. For many years, it has been practiced in European and American culture, but it is not sacred here. It is performed for medical, hygienic and even sexual reasons. Approximately around 20-30% of men in the world are circumcised. Possible medical damage or the benefits of this procedure have not been unequivocally studied, so the opinions are divided. Let us take a closer look at the essence of male and female circumcision. It is a very wide and interesting subject for most of us.
What is circumcision?
For starters, it is worth distinguishing two types of circumcision:
- male circumcision, which involves the removal of the foreskin, protecting the glans of the penis,
- female circumcision, involving the removal of some external genital organs.
In our culture, it is a medical procedure that treats improperties in penis construction, like phimosis. It is worth adding, however, that the obligation to perform the procedure applies only to those men who suffer from chronic inflammation associated with advanced phimosis. There are also people who would do it for practical reasons. In the 1960s, the number of circumcised newborns in the USA reached 80%. The procedure was considered routine and hygienic. Currently, fewer of them are carried out. Today, the percentage of circumcised babies is below 50%. Opponents of circumcision strive for a complete ban on this procedure in newborns. But what about adults?
As we have already mentioned, the procedure of circumcising a member involves the removal of the foreskin and is performed in case of medical problems. Increasingly, however, men decide on this type of surgery for hygienic reasons – many medical authorities believe that the foreskin should be removed in any case, because it contains little keratin, which is extremely important in antiviral protection. For this reason, the foreskin is exposed to numerous infections, which can be avoided by circumcision.
However, going beyond our culture and looking at others, we can distinguish other reasons for male circumcision. First, there are religion issues – for example, it is performed among Jews and Muslims. Religious circumcising procedures are usually performed by Jews on the eighth day a boy’s life, and by Muslims – when a boy is in his teens. For some cultures it is also a magical ritual, serving various purposes. Sometimes, in order to get rid of impurity, the cut foreskin is even burned at the stake or buried in the ground…
While male circumcision is not controversial and is gaining popularity among adults because of the benefits it offers, the procedure performed on women is more than controversial. In the case of the ladies, it involves the removal of the elements of the vulva, sometimes even all external genital organs, including the clitoris. Unfortunately, female circumcision does not give any positive effects. On the contrary – it is unnecessary, painful, drastic and affects the libido in adult life. This is why it is being protested against by many organizations around the world.
What is worse, in some cultures the circumcision of a woman is performed in order to cause her pain. This is supposed to allegedly strengthen the effect of “cleansing”. Many people consider it a demonstration of the objectification of women. Another fact proving how bad and inappropriate this rite is, is the pain and complications occurring even when the procedure is performed under anesthesia and in normal hospital conditions.
The advantages of adult circumcision of men
Let us focus on real benefits of circumcision and what sexual life looks like after this procedure. Removing the foreskin can:
- eliminate or significantly reduce the risk of infections, including urinary tract infections and even genital diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea,
- reduce the risk of HIV infection,
- increase fertility,
- neutralize sexual neurosis,
- successfully treat phimosis, which is a very big restriction when it comes to sex life,
- improve the hygiene of sexual organs and sexual intercourse,
- delay sperm ejaculation and improve the quality of sex life.
Removing the foreskin is also beneficial for the partner. It reduces the risk of many sexually transmitted diseases that are responsible for cervical, penile and rectal cancer. Circumcision can therefore protect a man and his partner from cancer. Which is why if you are in a relationship, you should discuss this option with your partner. Of course, it is worth mentioning this procedure does not affect the quality of sex life in any way. It can even – as has already been mentioned – significantly improve it!
Conclusion – Is it worth it or not?
Of course, the answer to this question is not unambiguous. The more so because for most men the removal of the foreskin is not necessary. Therefore, if you want to stay uncircumcised, it is more than ok. However, many medical experts recommend circumcision. Some specialists think that the role of the foreskin is only to protect the penis glans during childbirth. After that the boy does not really need it. Some researchers noticed, however, that being circumcised significantly changes the bacterial flora of the penis. This in turn makes it difficult for HIV to infect a man. If you wonder if you should consider it, just check the benefits it gives – there are many of them and they can significantly improve the quality of your life in general. Not just your sex life.