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Circumcision - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

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).

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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.

Having a tight foreskin on the penis head that doesn’t retract back.

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Circumcision and Premature Ejaculation - Know The connection!

Akhil Bharatiye Ayurveda, AKHIL BHARTIYE AYURVEDA
Sexologist, Delhi
Circumcision and Premature Ejaculation - Know The connection!

Human reproductive organs, in both males and females, are rich in nerve endings which are very dense in concentration. This denseness of the nerve endings is what causes the immensely pleasurable feelings during sexual intercourse. For men, one of the most erogenous zones in the body is the foreskin or the naturally occurring skin on the tip of the penis. 

This fold of skin covering the glans not only protects the head, but retracts back during sexual stimulation, exposing the glans. It has over 10,000 nerve endings which play a very important role during sexual stimulation and sexual pleasure. 

The removal of the foreskin from the male penis has been practiced by tribal societies for a very long time. It is also practiced as a rite of passage in religions such as Judaism and Islam. It may be performed for other medical reasons such as Phimosis, wherein the foreskin is unable to retract behind the glans or to the back of the head. Circumcision has been a hotly debated topic between supporters and detractors. Supporters claim that its advantages far outweigh the risks while detractors state that it doesn’t help in anything at all.

Premature ejaculation and circumcision

One of the things the detractors state is that circumcision removes a large section of sensitive tissue which hosts most of the nerve endings that make sex so pleasurable. It thus, results in the penis becoming less sensitive overtime compared to uncircumcised penises. 

Another section of detractors also state that circumcision, especially as an adult, may tend to cause premature ejaculation. However, these are subjective opinions that have been collated over time and may not have a base in proper scientific research. However, the decreased number of nerve endings on a circumcised penis may actually help with reducing excessive sensations that lead to premature ejaculation. 

There are conflicting studies and reports about circumcision, sensitivity and premature ejaculation. There is also no consensus whether circumcision corrects premature ejaculation or not. Some studies have stated that after a few months of adult men being circumcised, they did report an improvement on the problem of premature ejaculation. 

However, the best thing to do in such as case is to go for a consultation with sexologist. Also, if there are no functional problems with your penis, then the root of your premature ejaculation may lie somewhere else, which cannot be corrected by circumcision.

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Circumcision - All You Should Be Aware About!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - General Surgery, MCh - Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Kolkata
Circumcision - All You Should Be Aware About!

Circumcision is the surgical removal of a part of the human penis called the foreskin. The foreskin covers another part of the penis known as the head. The procedure is generally performed for a variety of reasons and can be helpful in the treatment of uncomfortable diseases like phimosis, in which the foreskin becomes impossible to draw back, to expose the head.

Circumcision is best carried out when the individual is extremely young and has been born only for one or two days. The risks associated with this surgery increase as the infant reaches childhood, then adolescence, and finally becomes an adult. However, if done properly, there are very fewer risks and good effects instead, like aiding male genital cleanliness.

If circumcision is so beneficial, does every baby have to have it done?

No, that is not necessarily the case. Even though it does turn out to be beneficial on the whole, there is no need for every baby to be compulsively circumcised. No worldwide medical board has ever prescribed generalized and mass circumcision till date. Moreover, the large number of males living uncircumcised and healthy till date provides testimony to the fact that circumcision is not indispensable to a healthy life. 

However, there are certain proven benefits circumcision may provide one. They are-

• You will be at lower risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) if you have yourself circumcised. And urinary tract infections can prove to be very painful in specific cases.
• You will be at lower risk for certain sexually transmitted diseases
• You will be at lower risk for penile cancer, and in turn, afford greater protection to your sex partner against cervical cancer
• You will never develop either phimosis or paraphimosis

Are there any cons to this procedure?

There are only a few cons to the procedure of circumcision, including the following-

• Irritation/scarring at the site of surgery
• Pain and redness
• Inflammation and swelling

Circumcision is a medical procedure with well-defined pros and cons. It provides protection against certain conditions and has rendered biological benefits to a majority of the people. However, there is a chance of the surgery backfiring as well, and leading to harmful effects. Before you opt for the surgery, consult a doctor and discuss the surgical procedure in detail to avoid any side effects.

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Preserving Penis Sensitivity After Adult Circumcision

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Preserving Penis Sensitivity After Adult Circumcision

Preserving Penis Sensitivity After Adult Circumcision

For most men, the decision to become circumcised is made for them, well before they are old enough to have any idea of what the procedure means. But for some men, adult circumcision might become necessary or preferable. Sometimes a man will practice the best penis care only to discover that something is wrong that needs to be corrected, such as a too-tight foreskin or other medical condition. And still others might choose that they want to undergo adult circumcision for aesthetic reasons. Whatever the reason, men should carefully weigh what adult circumcision means when it comes to penis sensitivity and health.

The circumcision debate

In any discussion of male circumcision, there is bound to be a lot of disagreement. Yes, there are advantages to circumcision, including a lower risk of penis cancer or urinary tract infections, less risk of transmission of certain sexual diseases, and a lower incidence of redness or inflammation of the skin, particularly the glans.

However, some will debate that any man can face these problems, and that circumcision isn't nearly as impressive as it might seem when it comes to the medical literature. There is even some question about penis sensitivity, and whether an intact penis is really more sensitive than a circumcised one. Some studies suggest that the idea of a more sensitive penis comes from cultural ideals and anecdotal evidence, but not from any verifiable difference in one penis over another.

Adult circumcision procedures

Whatever side of the debate a man falls on, sometimes adult circumcision becomes inevitable. For those who have certain medical conditions, circumcision might be a necessity. For those who are converting to a religion that requires circumcision, it might be seen as a necessity as well. And of course, there are men who simply want their penis to look a certain way, and circumcision might be a quick way to make that happen.

Regardless of the reason, there are several ways a man can go about adult circumcision:

1. In some cases, the foreskin can be removed by separating it gently from the penis head, cutting a small slit in the foreskin, and applying a clamp for a few minutes. When the bleeding has stopped, the doctor can then proceed to remove the foreskin completely.

2. In other cases, a doctor might use a 'bell method.' This includes using the clamp, but instead of then cutting through the skin, the doctor applies a small plastic bell that will stay on the foreskin for a certain length of time. This helps the foreskin fall off naturally.

3. Other types of foreskin removal might include various surgical procedures; this depends on what kind of medical condition might have sent the man to the doctor for the adult circumcision in the first place.

Preserving penis sensitivity

After the circumcision is performed, a man should follow his doctor's instructions exactly. This usually includes keeping the area very clean, keeping it covered with an appropriate gauze dressing, and understanding what the drainage from the healing wound should look like. A guy who has any signs of infection, excessive bleeding or serious pain should go back to the doctor to get checked out.

After the penis has healed, a man can take control of improving penis sensitivity with the use of a specially formulated penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Look for a crème that includes vitamin B5 for maintenance of healthy tissue, L-arginine for increased blood flow (and thus better healing) and vitamin D for healthy cell function. But the most important ingredient is L-carnitine, an amino acid known for fighting peripheral nerve damage and keeping the penis sensitivity in tip-top shape.

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The Uncircumcised Penis Debate - Are Woman For Or Against?

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
The Uncircumcised Penis Debate - Are Woman For Or Against?

The Uncircumcised Penis Debate - Are Woman For or Against?

When it comes to the male anatomy, there are two distinctive ways that the actual penis itself can appear: with or without a foreskin. Sure, a man can try all sorts of tricks to see what makes him look bigger, longer or more attractive, but by the time a man reaches adulthood he is probably pretty used to the equipment that does - or perhaps doesn't - come with his package. However, even with only two choices out there, the decision on whether or not to circumcise baby boys is one fretted over by many parents. But is there really a strong preference for one over the other? Are women more attracted to an uncut penis than a cut penis, or vice versa? Learn more about the great foreskin debate, as well as how to keep the penis healthy in any form.

What do Women Think?

As with every matter of opinion, there is no single answer that applies to every woman in the world. The U.S. does continue to have a high circumcision rate, and of U.S.-born men, the majority are circumcised at birth. That being said, some of woman's preferences are certainly culturally based, and they may have never had a face-to-face encounter with an uncircumcised penis. This doesn't mean they would not like an uncut penis; it just means they have never had the pleasure of trying one out.

Are there advantages or disadvantages to being circumcised?

In the U.S., the reason most people give for having their babies circumcised is hygiene. A circumcised penis is easier to keep clean, does not produce the same buildup of dead skin cells and bacteria (i.e., smegma), and has a lower risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections. Additionally, men who have their foreskin intact tend to have a higher rate of urinary tract infections; whereas men who are cut rarely get UTI's. Does that mean men who have a foreskin are unclean or dirty? No. It just means they will need to take more care during the shower routine and retract the foreskin to clean under it.

Perhaps the biggest debate regarding the foreskin is whether it increases or decreases sensitivity. The foreskin itself has very few nerve endings, but the glans is jam-packed and therefore extremely sensitive. Men with the foreskin intact make the argument that their penis is more sensitive because the foreskin protects the delicate head of the penis, whereas the uncut penis has no protection and therefore becomes desensitized from friction of clothing and so forth. The only way to know for a man to know for sure what he prefers is to go from being uncut to cut, but he sure will have a hard time reversing that if he prefers the former.

Should a man get circumcised to get more ladies?

There are legitimate reasons to have a circumcision done as an adult - for instance, chronic infection or an inability to retract the foreskin are both situations that put one's health at risk -- but undergoing surgery as a means to get more women is probably not well-judged. Anytime a person undergoes elective surgery, they are taking on certain risks, so they need to be 100% sure they are doing it for the right reasons. If a man is suffering from severe self-esteem issue or has difficulty becoming intimate with a woman because he is embarrassed about his foreskin, he may want to discuss these fears with a therapist before going ahead with a circumcision - because there may be another cause of the sexual shame. The last thing a man wants is regret for a surgery that is pretty much irreversible!

Keeping the penis clean

Whether or not the penis is circumcised, men need to maintain excellent hygiene to protect their sexual health. Daily showering with soap and water is a necessity, and men with a foreskin need to retract it and wash underneath. Finally, after stepping out of the shower, apply a penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) especially one formulated with vitamin A to help bust odor-causing bacteria - because foreskin or not, any partner would be turned off by a smelly penis.

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Hypospadias In Children

Pediatric Surgeon, Mumbai
  • Hypospadias is a congenital anamoly in which uretheral opening is under penis rather than on tip
  • Dont circumcise your kid before hypospadias surgery.

Popular Questions & Answers

How much it costs for penis circumcision? After how many days I can go to office? How many days will it take for complete curing after surgery?

MS - General Surgery, MD - Physician
General Surgeon, Dehradun
Well cost depends on surgeon and center. Normally its not a major procedure. U can join your work after 24 hours of your surgery.

Is post circumcision pus from suture a big issue? I have had my zsr circumcision (staple sutures) and little pus from one of the area on 10 day. Is it a big issue?

MCh(Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery), MS - Surgical, MBBS
General Surgeon, Guwahati
It should not be. Please get the culture form the pus done and to start antibiotic accordingly. Also cleaning of the wound and application of ointment is recommended.
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My son had a circumcision as He had phimosis. He is 5 years n 11 months. He had the surgery 12 days back yet the swelling is not gone. Spoke to the surgeon. He said it will go by 3 weeks. Does it take that long or shall I consult someone else? Stitches seems to heal but the incision can be seen though. Swelling near the incision n underneath. Looks like a ball on filled with water.

DNB GENERAL SURGERY, MBBS, National Board Of Examination
General Surgeon, Mumbai
Hello sir. If the suture material is catgut then it will take at least 7-8 weeks to get absorbed if it's rapid vicryl then 2-3 weeks for further queries please contact me on text consult or audio consult take care.

My foreskin is attached to penis by frenulum. Is it naturally detach from penis till age or frenulum supposed to ripped off till age? If yes then what should I do to normally ripped off with out circumcision.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Ludhiana
Foreskin is connected to penis all-round penis. At frenulum it is closest. Please get it checked by a surgeon or urologist.

I am 32 years old male. Not yet married. I have premature ejaculation (PME. The doctor I consulted suggested me circumcision. I am not prepared for it (Cost wise and psychologically) My query is 1) Is circumcision surgery the only solution? If not. Please suggest any other solution without side effects. 2) Non retractable skin (over male genital) is normal or abnormal.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Ludhiana
Circumcision is good for phimosis. Gives you more confidence. Surgery is done under local anaesthesia. Takes 30. Minutes. Costs 8000 to 18000.
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