Although circumcision is in many cases a religious or cultural practice, there are a number of long-term health benefits that can be associated with procedure.
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, the skin covering the tip of the penis. It’s a simple and well established operation that is common in the United States, parts of Africa and the Middle East, and increasingly popular in the UK and Europe.
Because male circumcision makes it easier to keep the end of the penis clean and free of bacterial build-up, medical studies have suggested that being circumcised can reduce the risk of contracting urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted infections such as Human papillomavirus (HPV).
Equally, circumcision is thought to reduce the likelihood of passing some sexually transmitted infections to partners.
A recent study published in the USA found that male circumcision can be linked with a reduced risk for women of catching infections including HIV, Chlamydia, Syphilis and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 through intercourse. The study also suggests that circumcision may be linked to a reduced risk of cervical cancer and dysplasia.
So, through assorted studies and medical investigations, the proposed benefits of circumcision include:
- A decreased risk of urinary tract infections.
- A reduced risk of some sexually transmitted diseases in men
- Protection against penile cancer and a reduced risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners.
- Prevention of balanitis (inflammation of the glans)
- Prevention of balanoposthitis (inflammation of the glans and foreskin).
- Prevention of phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin)
- Prevention of paraphimosis (the inability to return the foreskin to its original location)
If you would like to find out more about the possible health benefits of circumcision and how the procedure is performed, please call the friendly team at Birmingham Circumcision Clinic on 0121 250 0386.