The Benefits of Circumcision
The removal of the foreskin can help a male maintain better hygiene. This, in turn, can reduce the presence of infection, sexually transmitted diseases, and penile cancer. Although rare, penile cancer is almost exclusively a cancer of uncircumcised men, possibly resulting from phimosis, a condition where the foreskin does not fully retract. According to Cornell, hygiene is also among the top reasons why adults are circumcised.
Uncircumcised boys are at higher risk for urinary tract infections in their first year of life. This is usually quite easy to treat but, in some boys, their doctor may recommend circumcision to prevent future infections. Such a recommendation is more likely for boys who have obstructions in their urinary tract, a bladder that doesn’t empty well, or other urinary tract issues.
Various studies have shown the health advantages of circumcision, particularly as it affects STD infection, but it is not as simple as it may sound. “Circumcision alone does not prevent those things,” says Kolon. Good hygiene, quality medical care, safe sexual practices, and a good doctor-patient relationship can all contribute substantially to these health outcomes as well.Back to top