Benefits of Circumcision

There are numerous benefits of circumcision, and these range from real health benefits to religious observances. Circumcisions have been practised in many cultures and traditions for thousands of years, predominantly in the Muslim and Jewish faith, and also in African and Australasian tribes too.

The World Health Organisation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS state that male circumcision is an efficacious intervention for HIV prevention, but should be carried out by trained medical professionals.

Circumcisions are associated with reduced rates of cancer causing forms of HPV and and lower risk of both Urinary tract infections and penile cancer.

Furthermore, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US has stated the benefits of circumcision and that it outweighs risks.

Benefits of Circumcision:

Easier Hygiene

Circumcisions can make it easier to wash and clean the penis. Bacteria and other germs can usually build up inside the foreskin on an un-circumcised penis.

Decreased exposure to urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections are more common in males that are not circumcised, however the risk is generally lower for males that are circumcised. A urinary tract infection in early life can develop into kidney problems.

Decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections

Circumcisions lower the risk of sexually transmitted infections like HIV. However, safe sexual practises should still remain essential for one’s own health.

Prevention of penile problems

Foreskin on a uncircumcised penis can be difficult or sometimes impossible to retract for proper daily hygiene, which can lead to inflammation of the foreskin and/or head of the penis.