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Circumcision Myths – Why Circumcision is More Than a Cosmetic Procedure

Confused about circumcision? Whilst circumcision is a relatively simple procedure, carried by skilled surgeons in the safe environs of a circumcision clinic, there are a range of common myths.

When it comes to circumcision, there’s lots of information out there, however, it can be difficult to work out what’s fact and fiction. Here, we take a closer look at common circumcision myths and the truth around the common procedure.

Myth: Circumcision is Purely Cosmetic

One of the most common myths around circumcision is that it is a purely cosmetic procedure. However, the truth of it is that there are many reasons that circumcision is carried out, including medical and health reasons.


One of the most common reasons for circumcision is when the foreskin is tight and won’t pull back. This is known as phimosis and in extreme cases, as well as causing pain, it also makes it difficult for males to maintain excellent hygiene. Circumcision provides a medical solution to prevent phimosis.


Recurrent balanitis is another reason why circumcision is performed. This is when the foreskin and the head of the penis become inflamed or infected, which can be particularly painful. 


Paraphimosis is another common medical cause of circumcision. This is when the foreskin can’t be returned to its original position after being pulled back, making the head of the penis swollen and painful. By surgically removing the foreskin, this problem is prevented.

Whilst circumcision is carried out in some cultures as a right of passage, or a matter of routine, conditions such as balanitis and paraphimosis, along with other recurrent infections, can mean that circumcision is medically necessary. Failing to seek treatment for recurrent medical problems such as the above may lead to more serious problems, so it is important to talk to a medical professional.

In some cultures, circumcision is performed as a matter of routine. But there are many reasons why the procedure becomes medically necessary. From balanitis and paraphimosis to recurrent infections and more, not tending to medical problems relating to the foreskin can cause emergency situations. Overall, there are many medical situations where circumcision is necessary for optimum health and comfort.

Myth: There are No Benefits of Circumcision

Another common myth around circumcision is that there are no benefits to the procedure. However, there are a wealth of benefits that circumcision can bring. Circumcision can reduce the risk of some sexcually transmitted diseases in men, as well as improving hygiene and reducing the risk of urinary tract infections. Furthermore, it protects against penile cancel and lowers the risk of cervical cancer in female sexual partners, and that’s not including the other health benefits, such as the reduced risk of phimosis, paraphimosis and balanitis.

Myth: Finding a Reputable Circumcision Clinic in Birmingham is Difficult

If you are looking for a reputable circumcision clinic, the Modality Circumcision Service is a Quality care Commission clinic that carries our circumcisions on babies, children and adults for religious, cultural, personal, hygienic, medical and cosmetic reasons.

Based in Birmingham, our patients travel to us from all over the UK and Europe. Our lead clinicians have carried out over ten thousand circumcisions for all age groups, having trained with leading circumcision experts from the UK, Europe and Australia.

If you or a loved one are looking for a circumcision clinic in Birmingham, we are here to help. To speak to the team, please call 0121 250 0386.