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Circumcision - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Circumcision? Medical Advantages : Moe Information : Pros Vs Cons Is a Circumcision painful? What happens if you don't circumcise? Does Circumcision improve performance?

What is Circumcision?

Circumcision is the process of surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the head of the penis. Circumcision is an ancient practice, which has its origin in religious rites. So even today, many parents get their sons circumcised mostly for religious reasons.This painful surgical procedure is performed mostly without anesthesia on the first or second day after the birth of the child. However, the Jewish people do circumcision on the 8th day after the birth.

During circumcision the foreskin of the penis is first freed from the penis head and the excess foreskin is then clipped off. When done on a newborn, this procedure takes no more than 5 to 19 minutes. However, as this procedure gets complicated and riskier when done on children, older babies and men, adult circumcision take approximate about an hour. Circumcision usually heals up with 7 to 10 days, leaving no scars on the penis.

Medical Advantages :

The medical advantages of doing circumcision is a highly debated topic. Although it has been found that the health benefits of newborn circumcision outweigh the risk of this procedure, but the benefits are also not so great that one can recommend it universally among all newborn males. Generally circumcision is recommended for older boys and men to treat conditions like phimosis, whereby the patient finds pain in retracting his penile foreskin. Or at times it is also conducted for treating infections on the head of the penis.

Some of the advantages of doing circumcision are that it decreases the chances of getting affected with a urinary infection and it also reduces the chances of getting infected with certain sexually transmitted diseases. It is also believed that circumcision lessens the risk of developing penile cancer in men and reduces the risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners of the person who has been circumcised.Apart from this circumcision prevents inflammation of the glans (balanitis) and of the penile foreskin (balanoposthitis).

Moe Information :

Circumcision also aids in preventing phimosis and paraphimosis and helps in keeping the head of the penis clean. The most commonplace complications that arise out of this procedure are infection and bleeding. Sometimes when the foreskin is cut too short or even too long, it can create a problem on the person. Other complications associated with this procedure are that the foreskin may fail to heal properly or the remaining foreskin might get reattached to the end of the penis, which then requires minor surgical repair.

So always consult your surgeon before getting a circumcision done on your newborns.

Is Circumcision good or bad?

Circumcision has more pros than cons, scientists believe that Circumcision can have many medical benefits in the long run as compared to the normal ones. Here are some of the benefits that are associated with Circumcision:

  • Men who undergo Circumcision have a 10 times lower risk of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI), sexually transmissible infections (STIs), or HIV.
  • No risk of infection in children under the foreskin like balanitis and posthitis.
  • Efficient genital hygiene.
  • Less risk of penile cancer.
  • Eliminate inability to retract the foreskin (known as phimosis).

On the other hand, there are some cons to the procedure which may create a dilemma in an individual for themselves or their son’s Circumcision, listed below some:

  • Physical and mental complications associated with genital surgery.
  • An increase in the sensitivity on the penile tip can also lead to unpleasant sexual intercourse for the partners.
  • Even though Circumcision may decrease the illness risk, it may also make it more sensitive towards infections if one has poor hygiene.

Is a Circumcision painful?

Yes, the process is painful and it is usually preferred to be done within the first month of life. Local anesthetic is being used by the medical professionals to numb the area and ease out the pain.

In adults, the feeling of pain is not limited to the physical organs. As a male grows, they become more aware of their sexuality which psychologically makes it more difficult to undergo Circumcision.

How painful is Circumcision in adults?

It has been seen that younger males have more pain during Circumcision as compared to adults. In adults, the post-procedure pain is mild to moderate, your doctor will inject general anesthesia to numb the area for pain-free Circumcision and provide a set of painkillers and antibiotics to fade the pain.

What happens if you don't circumcise?

Most of the males with good hygiene didn't have any specific impact on their uncircumcised penis. However, there are some complications that one may face without Circumcision like:

  1. Phimosis:

    The condition into which the foreskin of the penis is very tight that it cannot cover the head of the penis is known as phimosis. The condition rarely impacts a man in their adulthood as the foreskin starts to lose as you grow, but if the foreskin fails to cover the penis completely, it can make an individual more vulnerable to getting infected by sexually transmitted infection (STI).

  2. Paraphimosis:

    The condition is quite identical to phimosis in terms of pineal coverage, but in the case of paraphimosis the skin is stuck below the head of the penis as it is too tight to cover the whole genital. Paraphimosis can be very discomforting as the tight skin can swell the area creating a blockage in the blood flow connected to the tip of the penis. The situation is considered critical and required immediate medical attention to avoid further complications.

  3. Bacterial or fungal infection:

    Poor hygiene practices can build up a bacterial or fungal infection in the foreskin of the penis, especially in case of a cut or sore on the foreskin. Commonly found in men, the bacteria of balanitis can cause inflammation of the head of the penis along with the foul smell, unusual discharge under the foreskin, and pain during urination.

  4. Injury:

    In most cases, the foreskin is loose and hangs over the head of the penis, which makes it more prone to zipper accidents. The caught-up skin in the zipper of jeans and trousers will develop an open wound making your genital area vulnerable towards urethral meatus damage ( tube present in the tip of penis head).

  5. Yeast infection:

    Even though the condition is common in females, males can also get affected if they do not follow healthy hygiene. Fungi like Candida albicans can develop yeast infections in and around the foreskin of your penis.

  6. STI and STD (sexually transmitted infections and diseases):

    Scientists believe that being circumcised lowers the risk of sexually transmitted infections like genital herpes simplex, human papillomavirus (HPV), mycoplasma, trichomoniasis, syphilis, HIV, and chancroid. Uncircumcised men are more prone to infesting the infection under or around their foreskin.

Does Circumcision improve performance?

Scientists are still looking for the difference in sexual responses before and after Circumcision. Even though the results are not concrete, here are some of the findings that may or may not show the difference in the performance and overall sensation of sexual orientation:

  • Circumcision makes an individual's genitals more sensitive to touch and feel. It strictly depends on individual psychology how he feels about the Circumcision, as there is no medical evidence that showcases any difference in the overall performance.
  • The foreskin of the penis secrete lubricant for the penis during sexual intercourse, removal of the skin can make it dry and one may need to use synthetic lubricants for optimum sexual satisfaction. But the theory does not have any evidence as secretion of lubricant also depends on other psychological or hormonal factors.
  • Cut or uncut, couples do not show any change ( improvement or degradation) in the overall sexual experience. But it has been seen that removal of the foreskin helps an individual to maintain better genital hygiene and prevent them from developing or transferring any sexually transmitted disease or infection which usually builds under or around the foreskin of the penis.
Summary: Circumcision is a medical procedure that is performed to remove the foreskin of the penis. Even though it is mentally challenging for some men, it is an effective procedure that helps them maintain genital hygiene better.

Popular Questions & Answers

My son who is 7 years old has been circumcised 1 day back. Can I apply the betadine ointment on the circumcised skin & is it safe? Also can I wash the circumcised area with water & how many time should I wash it. Thank you.

MCh(Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery), MS - Surgical, MBBS
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yes, you can apply clean it with clean water is fine and can be done daily. but remember to dry it properly. daily once or twice will be sufficient.

I was suffering from a lot of pain after passing the stool.  I endured this horrible pain for over an year. But 5 months ago, I visited a general & laparoscopic surgeon and he diagnosed (visual inspection) the problem to be of chronic fissure. He gave me a laxative, some antibiotics and anobliss cream and told me to take these for a month. So here i'm, after 5 months and the pain is still there after passing the stool. And it lasts for many hours in the whole day. After applying the anobliss cream, the pain goes away for a couple of days, but starts again after 3-4 days. So I guess the fissure is recurring again and again. I'm 30 years old obese male, always under stress due to various reasons. And this fissure pain is making it worse. I drink a lot of water (3.5 liter a day) I take duphalac syrup as well as husk every alternate day, but I still pass hard stools sometimes. I'm not highly constipated, because I always have at least one bowel movement every day. Never in my life of 30 years a day has passed without me having a bowel movement. So what could be the reason of hard stool? Anyways, so few days ago, I went to a colorectal surgeon. After inspecting carefully, he said it's not a fissure and those are not anal skin tags. He said, they are anal warts and suggested me to use a lidocaine gel and betadine sits bath. After doing this regularly over the last two weeks, the pain has reduced to a great extent. But now i'm even more worried, after reading about anal warts. I have read online that anal warts are almost always due to hpv virus. And hpv is an std. I have never performed any kind of sexual activity involving another partner. Then how could I get this hpv? What am I supposed to do now? Please help me docs.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - General Surgery, Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery(FMAS) & Reproductive Medicine, Diploma In Laparoscopy
General Surgeon, Begusarai
* you can consult your doctor for increasing the dose of duphalac to rid of hard stools * hpv can spread even without intercourse. Hand to genitals, hand to mouth, mouth to mouth, mouth to genitals and sometimes even through skin to skin. A person...

Pap smear (-)age 42 but suspect high risk hpv along with hsv1& cmv (detected) last 14 years and adenomyosis from 2019, non stop heavy bleeding for month, itching,bulky cervix. Can high risk hpv always develop cancers & when next pap done? Doxy100&metrogyl continue.

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Considering the age, go for colposcopy with biopsy. If the tests are negative you can opt for mirena or any hormonal pills to control the bleeding.
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Couple of days found one small boil near anus taken medicine then swollen has been less. Want to know about himalaya pilex tablets how it works for the permanent treatment for hemorrhoids.

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General Surgeon,
Pilex is a old herbal remedy for hemorhoids from himalaya- but anal examination by a qualified doctor is essential before reaching any conclusion in your case it is necessary to rule out anal fistula.

Hello I have done sex for 4 times in 4 hrs by using durelx condom last time. My foreskin of my penis went up not came automatically it came to normal by doctor support. The doctor suggested to circumcision pls suggest if any without surgery.

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General Surgeon, Kolkata
Hii A tight foreskin which can't be retracted down can lead to EMERGENCY and discomfort right when you are seeking pleasure.It can additional lymph lead to infection and UTI. kindly get your sugars checked, rule out allergy to latex used in condom...

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