What are the Benefits of Adult Circumcision?
Circumcision is not only for newborns, many adults undergo circumcision as well. Read on to learn more about the benefits of being circumcised.
For some men, the idea of getting circumcised as an adult can be daunting. And it’s not something that is always easy to talk about. While the procedure is usually quick and relatively painless, it’s understandable that you have some questions and concerns about it.
Usually, patients have questions about the pain, the procedure, and the aftercare.
Some of the common questions include:
Is adult circumcision safe?
Will I experience pain during and after the surgery?
What about sexual activity after the surgery?
These are all valid questions, and it’s important to have all the information you need before making a decision about getting a circumcision. That’s why we’re here to provide you with accurate information about circumcision and the benefits of getting circumcised as an adult male.
What is Adult Circumcision?
Adult Circumcision is a surgical procedure that involves removing the foreskin from the penis. The foreskin is the skin that covers the head, or glans, of the penis. Adult circumcision is often performed for religious, cultural or personal reasons, and people of all ages undergo the procedure.
There are 2 common types of adult circumcision procedures: the Dorsal Slit procedure and the Sleeve Resection Procedure. While they are different techniques, you still get the same results. However, some people need to do the Dorsal Slit procedure if, for example, they are not able to retract the foreskin. It’s also recommended for patients suffering from phimosis or paraphimotic.
In both cases though, the surgery itself is usually quick, lasting less than 45 minutes and is relatively painless after one injection..
How a Sleeve Resection Circumcision works:
Here’s the procedure for a sleeve resection circumcision:
You will receive local anesthesia to numb the area and help you relax.
The doctor will retract the foreskin along the shaft of the penis and will carefully measure the amount of skin to remove. Then, the surgeon will make the first incision around the shaft around where the scar line will be placed.
The foreskin is then returned to cover the penis head, and the doctor will make a second cut around the shaft at the same position along the penis as the first cut.
After, the doctor will make a vertical incision between the two cuts, and the strip of skin is removed.
Finally, the doctor will pull the edges together and stitch them.
After the surgery, it’s normal to experience some soreness and discomfort, and. normally goes away within a few days. Your doctor will be giving you a pain management plan to help with any discomfort.
With in a few weeks, the anatomy is mostly healed. Then, after 4 weeks, you can return to normal sexual activity.
Why is Circumcision Done?
There are a number of reasons why men might choose to get circumcised. For some men, it’s a religious or cultural decision. In many Jewish and Islamic families, circumcision is an important tradition passed down from generation to generation. In fact, in countries where the Jewish or Muslim faith is prevalent, the circumcision rate is almost at 100%.
For other men, the decision to get circumcised is a personal one as being circumcised. Will improve their hygiene and or sexual function. Finally, some men also choose to get circumcised for medical reasons, such as phimosis, Epispadias, Hypospadias, Priapism.
Is Circumcision Necessary for Adults?
There is no medical necessity for circumcision in adulthood if one takes care to retract the foreskin and clean the area regular. Circumcision is also indicated if one has a medical if one condition that causes discomfort during sex or other activities. As a procedure, it doesn’t have any other significant risks. However, opting to remain uncircumcised can heighten your chances of getting certain skin conditions, like balanitis and posthitis.
What are the Benefits of Adult Circumcision?
Circumcision in adulthood is less common, but as an adult, you can decide for yourself whether to undergo the procedure. Here are the 7 most common benefits of adult circumcision:
#1 Circumcision can improve hygiene
The foreskin is a natural part of the penis that can be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, which can lead to infection and odor. Circumcision, therefore, eliminates the need to clean under the foreskin, making it a more hygienic choice.
#2 Circumcision reduces the risk of penile cancer.
Uncircumcised men may sometimes find it difficult to pull back, or retract their foreskin. This condition is called phimosis, and men with phimosis are at a higher risk for penile cancer than other men.
For example, smegma, a white substance made up of dead skin cells that can build up under a tight foreskin, can cause irritation and inflammation of the penis if not cleaned regularly. When circumcised, it, therefore, reduces the risk of penile cancer.
#3 Circumcision can improve sexual function and satisfaction.
Some studies show that circumcision causes a significant improvement in erectile function and overall sexual satisfaction. One reason for this is that the foreskin can be a source of friction during sex, which can lead to discomfort or pain. Therefore, removing the foreskin eliminates this problem.
#4 Circumcision is an effective way to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends circumcision as an effective way to reduce the risk of HIV and other STIs.
According to CDC, clinical trials demonstrated that male circumcision reduced HIV infection risks by 50% to 60% during sexual activity with female partners with HIV. Additionally, CDC reports that circumcised men are less likely to acquire the following diseases compared to uncircumcised men:
New infections of syphilis by 42%
Genital ulcer disease by 48%
Genital herpes by 28% to 45%
High-risk strains of human papillomavirus, HPV, are associated with cancer by 24% to 47%
#5 Circumcision can help prevent balanitis.
Balanitis is an inflammation of the glans, or head, of the penis, which is usually caused by a buildup of smegma under the foreskin. As a condition, Balanitis can be painful and may lead to difficulty urinating. Circumcision reduces the risk of balanitis.
#6 Circumcision reduces the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Another important fact is that UTIs are more common in uncircumcised men. One study shows that 32.1% of uncircumcised males experience UTIs in their lifetime, compared to just 8.8% of circumcised males. UTIs occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and cause infection. Since the foreskin harbors bacteria that can then enter the urethra, choosing to undergo circumcision surgery reduces your risks of acquiring UTIs.
#7 Circumcision helps reduce the presence of large or multiple genital warts on the foreskin.
Penile warts are small fleshy growths or bumps that usually appear under the foreskin. While they aren’t harmful, they can be unsightly and cause discomfort.
When it comes to penile warts, they’re caused by HPV and can be passed on through sexual contact. With circumcision, you can help reduce the risks of developing them and passing them on to partners.
Reducing the Stigma of Adult Circumcision
Circumcision is a personal decision that you should make after careful consideration and consultation with a medical professional. If you are considering circumcision, we can help you with any questions—just give us a call to have a free consultation.
Our team of experts will be happy to address your concerns and help you make an informed decision or connect you with a doctor in your area who can.
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