In American, approximately 6 out of 10 male babies leave hospitals circumcised. While this practice originated in Judaism, religious and non-religious folks alike in Phoenix see the health benefits of circumcising babies. But what is circumcision exactly? And is it really that beneficial?
What is Circumcision?
Circumcision the removal of the foreskin, or the tissue that covers the head of a penis. All male babies are born with this tissue. During the removal, the foreskin is freed from the head of the penis and the excess foreskin is snipped off.
How Long Does Circumcision Take?
For newborns, circumcision takes around five to ten minutes. For adults however, circumcision takes around one hour. The healing process is generally five to seven days.
What are the Health Benefits?
Medical researchers have identified the following as benefits of circumcision:
- 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) and balanoposthitis (inflammation of the glans and foreskin).
- Prevention of phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin) and paraphimosis (the inability to return the foreskin to its original location.
- Easier ability to keep the end of the penis clean.
Are there Negatives?
The myth that circumcision can make negatively impact sexual pleasure is just what it is—a myth. Studies have found that male circumcision has no adverse effects on sexual function, sensations, sensitivity, or satisfaction, especially when done during infancy.
Should My Baby be Circumcised?
While there are many health benefits to circumcision, researchers have not found enough evidence to recommend the procedure universally. Ultimately, it’s up to the family. What’s important is that this procedure is performed by a licensed medical practitioner and not done at home. Speak to a pediatrician today about circumcision at Pediatrix.