Health Benefits of Infant Circumcision

If you are going to have a boy, then you may have thought about circumcision. Any circumcision doctor will recommend that you make up your mind while still expecting so you can have a smooth time after delivery. However, if you are not sure yet about the sex of your baby, you have to wait till you are sure to make the circumcision plans.

For most people, the decision to circumcise their infant is a personal one. In some cases, the decision may have been motivated by cultural or religious reasons. Nevertheless, health reasons should also be a motivating factor as there are many health benefits of circumcising your infant boy. Below are some of the most common health benefits of infant circumcision.

As prevention for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Infant male circumcision and male circumcision, in general, have been found to decrease the risk of getting infected with sexually transmitted infections. The STIs include HIV, gonorrhea, and herpes.

According to a study conducted in Uganda in 2009, circumcised men had a 25% decreased risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections like herpes. In the same study, there was a 35% lower risk for circumcised men to contract HPV. HPV is a virus known to cause genital warts and cancer, including cervical cancer among women.

Thus, circumcision also helped the female partners of circumcised men from contracting sexual infections like cervical cancer. However, safe sexual practices are still recommended to prevent one from contracting sexually transmitted infections.

Lower risk of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Infections found anywhere along the urinary tract are generally known as Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). This includes infections in the kidneys, bladder, ureters as well as urethra. Nevertheless, most UTIs occur in the urethra and the bladder, the two parts located in the lower urinary tract.

Even though the risk of contracting urinary infections among men is low, the uncertainty still exists. Moreover, the risk is higher among uncircumcised men compared to circumcised men. If not treated on time, a UTI can lead to kidney problems.

A decrease in Penile Problems

There are few penile problems ranging from serious ones, which can cause many issues to less serious ones. The serious penile problems require immediate treatment and even surgery, and this is why it is best to prevent them if possible. However, some of these problems are congenital, so there is little that one can do to avoid them. Nevertheless, some can be prevented. These are the penile conditions that develop over time. They include:

-> Balanitis – A disease caused by poor hygiene among uncircumcised males. The condition causes penis swelling, itching, and penis pain. When the foreskin is inflamed, the condition is called balanoposthitis.

-> Phimosis – A condition that makes it difficult to retract the foreskin of an uncircumcised penis. At times, it can be impossible to retract the foreskin. Other symptoms include foreskin inflammation as well as the inflammation of the head of the penis.

The above conditions can be avoided through circumcision. It is important to remember that circumcision is a personal decision. Thus circumcision cannot be performed as a medical routine. Consult your circumcision doctor in case you have any questions so you can make an informed decision. …

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