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      Thomas Carr

        What is Circumcision?

        Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin. The foreskin is the retractable fold of skin that covers the end of the penis. It’s a continuation of the skin that covers the whole penis

        Why circumcision is carried out in men?

        Circumcisions can be carried out for both medical and non-medical reasons. The former argument is that in men, circumcision is most commonly carried out when the foreskin is tight and won’t pull back (retract), which is known as phimosis. When it comes to non-medical reasons it can be said that circumcision is a common practice in the Jewish and Islamic communities, and it’s also practised by many African communities. Most non-medical circumcisions are carried out on children.

        Circumcision is sometimes considered a possible treatment option for the following conditions.

        – Tight foreskin (phimosis)
        – Recurrent balanitis – where the foreskin and head of the penis become inflamed and infected.
        – Paraphimosis – where the foreskin can’t be returned to its original position after being pulled back, causing the head of the penis to become swollen and painful.
        – Balanitis xerotica obliterans – this condition causes phimosis and, in some cases, also affects the head of the penis, which can become scarred and inflamed.
        – Cancer of the penis – this is a very rare type of cancer, where a wart-like growth or ulcer appears on the end of the penis or under the foreskin, or there is bleeding, discharge or changes in the skin of the penis or foreskin.

        Risks of circumcision

        In the UK, complications after circumcisions carried out for medical reasons are rare and most men don’t experience any significant problems. Apart from the initial swelling, bleeding and infection are the 2 most common problems associated with circumcision.

        Other possible complications of circumcision can include:
        – Permanent reduction in sensation in the head of the penis, particularly during sex
        – Tenderness around the scar
        – The need to remove stitches that haven’t dissolved
        occasionally, another operation is needed to remove some more skin from around the head of the penis

        Source: NHS UK

        • This topic was modified 10 months ago by Thomas Carr.
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