This process includes surgical removal of the skin covering the tip of the penis for the sake of health benefits. Different parts of the world including the United States commonly practice this among the newly born, along with Muslims and Jews who consider this as a crucial part of their religious customs. In 2002, according to Statista, the rate of male newborn circumcision in the U.S was around 60.2 percent.
Health benefits outweigh the risks:
1. Potentially better hygiene:
Following this process, after the foreskin is removed, it becomes hassle-free for men to wash it properly and hence maintain hygiene.
2. Risks of urinary tract infections are minimized:
According to the sources, bacterial colonization of the foreskin takes place during the period of the first 6 months of life. This can be an important factor contributing to the development of UTIs. So, it would be safe to go through this painful process before, rather than face these problems in the future.
3. Prevents You from sexually transmitted diseases:
The removal of the foreskin from the penis makes the skin covering it tougher, resulting in protecting you against microtears during sex and preventing the entry of germs.
4. Prevents risks like Phimosis and Penile cancer:
The phimosis occurs when the foreskin of the penis becomes tight and difficult to retract. Moreover, people having this disease are less likely to properly wash their penis and maintain hygiene which increases the risk of them getting penile cancer.
How to prepare for it and is it necessary?
Whether it’s mandatory for good health or not is an ongoing debate. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) claims that the benefits cancel out the risks, but they are not great enough to recommend a universal infant circumcision.
While keeping in mind all the factors like health, religion, culture, hygiene, and personal hygiene, the parents should contact an experienced Physician and then take the decision. He will make you aware of the pros and cons, risks, and benefits of this process. After the child is born, the process takes place within 10 days. It starts with numbing the penis with the help of a small shot of numbing cream or medicine after the medical staff is does cleaning it properly. A clamp or a ring is then place on the penis, while the doctor removes the prepuce( foreskin). Following the procedure, an antibiotic ointment or petroleum jelly is applies to the affectes area, and then it is coveres with gauze. It takes an hour for an adult to get the procedure done and may also be provides with sleeping pills, whereas a newborn is circumcises within 5 to 10 minutes.
Do’s and Don’t after the operation:
A period of seven to ten days is requires for a penis to heal. The penis may look swollen, red, bruised, and sore initially. You might even notice a yellow fluid on the top of the male organ. Be very gentle and careful with the infant and avoid putting any pressure on the organ. Also, once it starts healing there is no harm in washing it with mild soaps and water. Avoiding using diaper wipes and applying petroleum jelly to the area every time you change the diaper can fasten up the healing process.