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The Benefits of Circumcision

For every man who cares to himself and partner, why should be affraid of circumcision?

It’s a common reaction when ignorance turns to defensiveness and curiosity.  It is always better to seek useful information about the subject. The same case with circumcision, especially when it is a new issue in the community and because it is about their organ, their health, and something that will be forever along their life.

After knowing about what, why and how of circumcision, people usually compare the advantages and the disadvantages. Many of the disadvantages of circumcision are shown by unclear condition of circumcision, is very rarely, and the condition of circumcised is subjective. While there are advantages,  there are some results of studies for sharing:

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says; male circumcision benefits are greater than the risks, after carrying out a comprehensive review of available scientific evidence.

Over the last 24 months, a growing number of studies and reports have been published which show evidence of the benefits of male circumcision. In July 2012, the Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention said that voluntary medical male circumcision is one of the most effective weapons today against the spread of HIV infection. It urges countries where HIV infection rates are high, such as many in Africa, to make sure males have access to professional circumcision procedures. The AAP’s Taskforce on Circumcision explained in Pediatrics that after reviewing recent studies, the health benefits of circumcision include a lower risk of acquiring or developing:

  • Syphilis
  • Genital herpes
  • HIV
  • Human papilloma vírus
  • Penile cancer
  • Urinary tract infection during the first 12 months of an infant’s life
  • Reduces the risk of cervical cancer in men’s sexual partners

A report published by the American Cancer Society demonstrated that males who are circumcised have a 15% lower risk of developing prostate cancer if the procedure is carried out before their first sexual intercourse.

If  in all of the three studies conducted in Kenya, South Africa and Uganda, the trials ultimately had to be stopped not because they were “flawed,” but on ethical grounds due to the fact that the circumcised group had starkly lower infection rates (51%, 50% and 61%, respectively) to those in the uncircumcised group. In the wake of these studies, some had questioned whether the results may have been overestimated due to the abbreviated length of the trials.

As a matter of fact, most HIV infections in Africa are transmitted by contaminated injections and surgical procedures.

In the communities that practice circumcision as tradition and healthy life style, there have been no problem about doing circumcision, even now circumcision surgery is safer by the modern method and more concern to hygiene. Giving anesthesia is also help to reduce or prevent pain. What a psychology view says about traumatic that caused by the pain during circumcision surgery doesn’t really have relation to the effect of circumcision. Along  their life people get wounds and pains by any causes and they have learned to face them. The pain that’s felt during circumcision surgery with good anaesthesy will be only shadowed by their frightened.

Many men have been circumcised during many ages and generally there is no particular problem in their sex life because of circumcision. Many factors contribute  to a healthy sex life; health, genital condition (that has no relation with circumcision), general life style choices, psychology, and so on.

In the modern medicine, circumcision is a small operation with minimal risk compared activities such as (elective) plastic surgery and with making tattoos where health risks can be prevelant.

The simple benefit of circumcision are:

  • Genital cleanliness
  • As a medical alternative to cure phimosis (inability to retract the foreskin over the glans penis) dan posthitis (inflammation of the foreskin)
  • Reduce the genital infections

So, why be afraid to be cleaner and healthier? It is as simple as contacting your physician and gaining referral to an expert for the procedure.

* http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/249567.php and other sources

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