The Benefits of Circumcision Later in Life
New York, NY – Circumcision: The topic remains one of lively debate and discussion, as new studies and information are always occurring. While most American men are circumcised, many are not. And men born in other countries where circumcision is not as prevalent may opt for the procedure as adults.
Circumcision, or the surgical removal of the penis’s foreskin, is often done at birth in the United States. While the rate of the nation’s circumcisions has been on the decline lately, the American Academy of Pediatrics has said that the benefits outweigh the risks when it comes to this procedure.
Whether the reasons are cultural, social, religious, health-based, or personal, there’s no doubt that there are benefits to getting circumcised as an adult. “We’re seeing more and more evidence that circumcision can actually help protect men’s health,” says New York plastic surgeon Dr. Elliot Heller.
Among other potential upsides, here are the ways circumcision may be good for men:
- Decreased risk of infection. Common ailments like urinary tract infections (UTIs) are notably lower in circumcised men.
- Lower risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The following diseases are less likely to be spread by those who have been circumcised:
- Genital herpes
- Genital ulcers
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in heterosexual men
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Possible protection against penile cancer. While penile cancer is quite rare, its spread is linked to HPV, and thus a reduction of the latter could aid a decrease in the former. Thus, some data suggests that circumcision may help prevent penile cancer.
- Reduced risk of prostate cancer. Some studies suggest that men who were circumcised before becoming sexually active were about 15% less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who were not.
- Smaller risk of spreading cervical cancer to female partners. This is due to the decreased risk of transmitting HPV, certain strains of which can cause cervical cancer and others that can cause genital warts.
- Being able to last longer during intercourse. As foreskin allows greater sensitivity in the glans (head of the) penis, that is a detriment to some men. Those who have been circumcised as adults note that ejaculation can take more time, meaning intercourse can be more pleasurable and longer lasting. Some men even say that circumcision has helped their sexual performance.
- Easier genital hygiene. Without foreskin in the way, it’s much easier to maintain a clean genital area, and thus greatly reduce the likelihood of many types of infection.
- Prevention of rare conditions. Several unpleasant and painful penile disorders can be prevented by circumcision:
- Balanitis, or inflammation of the glans penis itself
- Balanoposthitis, or inflammation of both the glans penis and the foreskin
- Phimosis, or the inability to retract the foreskin
- Paraphimosis, or the inability to return the foreskin to its initial location
Of course, any surgery has risks associated with it, and circumcision is no exception. As with every medical procedure, it’s always best to consult with a professional plastic surgeon well-versed in the type of work you want done.
To find out more about adult circumcision or to schedule a free surgical consultation, contact one of Dr. Heller’s offices today!
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