You’re probably aware of the basics of this age-old and controversial medical practice—the surgical removal of a man’s foreskin. But that’s usually where the particular knowledge ends.
From indigenous tribes, religion and Western societies, men from diverse backgrounds choose to go through this painful procedure, Why? Turns out there are actually a lot of reasons mentioned—religion, health and even status.
But to be honest, one question answered doesn’t even begin to cover all of the unanswered questions that us women (and quite a lot men) need to know about the procedure. How many men are circumcised? What are the pros and cons? Does it improve sex? Is it traumatic?
Don’t worry! we’re here with a lot of new insights that can finally help you make up your mind on this medical practice. Here are several facts that you probably didn’t know about circumcision.
How many men are circumcised?
Studies revealed that there are actually only 15% of men in the UK that have been through the procedure, while over half of the male population in the U.S have done it.
What does the procedure involve?
If you’re not comfortable with details, you should probably skip this one. You’ve been warned.
Infant circumcisions involve a clamp being applied to the penis, cutting a ring of skin from the foreskin, whereas adults must undergo a 30-minute procedure, slicing the tip, cutting the foreskin off and then stitching the remaining skin around the glans. Ouch.
What is the optimum age for circumcision?
This procedure are commonly performed during infancy—usually in the first few days after birth—due to the risks of it (bleeding and infection) increasing with age.
Why do people get circumcised?
It turns out that the reason does not necessarily linked to religion and health benefits, it was also known as a traditional practice that was upheld by more conservative societies as a label of class.
Does circumcision affect sex?
The answer to this question is still actively debated with some arguing that circumcision can reduce sensation and sexual pleasure later in life. The foreskin contains nerves that when rubbed, stimulates the frenulum, and according to a study by the National Organisation of Circumcision Information Resources Centre, the surgery removes the five areas of the penis that are most responsive to light touch.
Does it hurt?
Some studies describe circumcision as ‘among the most painful performed in neonatal medicine,’ with proof towards increases in heart rate and hormonal pain response, including increased cortisol in the blood of the patient. Enough said.
Are there any mental health implications?
Although it’s controversial, some arguments concluded yes. A Danish survey revealed that boys under the age of five that went through it are twice as likely to develop autism, and that there’s a link between the pain of the surgery and the development of ASD, arguing that circumcision trauma can have severe psychological consequences.
Does it lower the risk of disease?
It’s still disputable, but there are studies that have proven that the removal of the foreskin does reduce the risk of trapping bacteria, virus, infection, STD transmission rate, and even prostate cancer.
Is it opposed?
It’s known to be highly controversial and it’s not a surprise that a number of people are publicly opposed to it. With majority of it taking place in the first week of birth, it was argued that these boys didn’t have a say in the process, and it could be a violation to human rights.