Circumcision – The Facts and Benefits
The ancient practice has been performed on newly born boys for centuries and its origin is rooted in religious practices, although today, many parents decide to have their son circumcised for hygienic reasons. The surgical operation removes the foreskin, which is the skin that covers the glands, or head of the penis, and is typically carried out within a few days of birth. The process only takes 5 – 10 minutes, although it can take up to an hour on an older child, or adult, and usually heals in 5 – 7 days.
Circumcision does offer health benefits and these outweigh the risks involved, with evidence to suggest that the practice,
- Prevents urinary tract infections
- Offers protection against some Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
- Helps to prevent penile cancer
It is also more hygienic as the end of the penis is easier to clean, and with no extra layer of skin for bacteria to hide under, circumcision offers a cleaner environment.
The inability to fully draw back the foreskin, this condition can be very painful and the best treatment is circumcision, which eliminates the problem. Often, a doctor will spot this in a new born boy, and would likely recommend circumcision, and if done at an early age it is relatively painless. If you wish to know more about this condition, visit http://www.childrensurgery.com.au for expert advice on all aspects of paediatric care.
Many young couples research the do’s and don’ts of parenting and often the issue of circumcision will surface, with many doctors recommending circumcision for hygienic reasons. If a mans was circumcised at birth, it is likely he will want his son to also have the operation, if for no other reason than he has had no problems with personal hygiene, and wishes the same for his son. If you are about to become a father, and you already know it’s a boy, there is circumcision in Perth, or any major city, which is performed by a qualified paediatric surgeon.
In some cultures, it is a family tradition to have all the male children circumcised at birth, and this still continues to be popular, even among the new generations of parents. Many African cultures have now adopted this practice, mainly due to the rise of HIV in the 1990s, as circumcision reduces the risk of becoming infected.
The Jewish faith demands that all male children be circumcised, and the ritual takes place 8 days after birth. It may well be that the origins of the practice concerned hygiene, and it developed into a standard ritual for all new born boys.
A Personal Choice
For all parents, the decision to have your son circumcised is one that needs to discussed, and with compelling evidence that it does reduce the risk of many types of inflammation or infection, more and more young parents are having their sons circumcised. If you should require the procedure, there are online clinics that can arrange for the operation to be carried out, and by asking for professional advice, you will feel confident you made the right choice.