The foreskin is the retractable fold of skin which can be found at the tip of a penis. Male circumcision is the surgical procedure of having this skin removed and is often completed on babies or young children for religious or medical reasons, however, many adults also choose to be circumcised. In this blog post, we will look at a number of medical reasons why adult men may require or choose circumcision: Phimosis In generic terms, phimosis concerns a tight foreskin which cannot be retracted back behind the head of the penis. In some cases, phimosis can cause pain during urination, or while the penis is erect, as well as making it difficult for men to properly clean their penis. As a result, phimosis is one of the most common reasons for adults choosing circumcision for medical reasons. Balanitis Xerotica Obliterans (BXO) BXO is a chronic disease, which can often be progressive and lead to phimosis. Steroid creams are usually the first call of treatment to try, however, in some cases, circumcision surgery is required. Recurrent Balanitis This is when the head of the penis and foreskin regularly becomes infected and inflamed. The symptoms include a sore, itchy and smelly penis, as well as redness and swelling, a build-up of thick fluid and pain when urinating. Balanitis can also lead to phimosis. Seek GP attention if you suspect you have balanitis to check it isn’t a symptom of something more serious. Paraphimosis After the foreskin has been pulled back and cannot be returned to its natural position, this is known as paraphimosis. As a result, the head of the penis can experience pain and swelling. When this happens, immediate medical treatment is required to avoid serious consequences, including a limited blood flow to the penis. Penile Cancers Although it is rare for cancer to start in the penis, it does happen. When it does, a red patch that almost takes on the appearance of an ulcer or a growth similar to a wart forms either under foreskin or on the end of the penis. HIV Prevention Previously, there has been evidence and research suggesting that adult circumcision can help with HIV prevention. This came from multiple trials in Africa, which saw circumcised men being less likely to contract the disease from infected women. Despite further studies to test if circumcision can prevent any other sexually transmitted infections, no evidence has been found. Enquiring about Treatment It is very rare that adult circumcision is the first call of treatment. In most cases you will be recommended other treatments to try first, such as ointments and creams. At Birmingham Circumcision Clinic we are an award-winning healthcare clinic, providing circumcision treatments to adults, boys, infants and babies. Our clinicians have carried out more than seven thousand circumcisions on all age groups and have trained with some of the leading experts from the UK, mainland Europe and Australia. We operate with a dedicated team, offering multiple treatment options, flexible solutions and appointments to suit you. To enquire or book an appointment, please get in touch with our specialist team today on 0121 250 0386.
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