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Most men don’t remember their circumcision if they’re circumcised at all. Circumcision is the process of cutting the foreskin, the skin that covers the tip of the penis, and removing it. Over 60 percent of men in the United States are circumcised. While it’s relatively rare for babies born in Europe, Africa, South America, Canada and parts of Asia, it is seen as a cultural norm here in the U.S. Normally, circumcisions are performed on newborn babies before they leave the hospital but in some cases, a circumcision is needed for adult men. Usually, if there’s an infection or another issue with the foreskin itself.

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The Benefits of Circumcision

Some possible benefits of circumcision are:

  • Lower risk of a urinary tract infection
  • Lower risk of penile cancer
  • Lower risk of contracting an STD

Those benefits are disputable compared to an uncircumcised penis but a uncircumcised penis is easier to clean. This means less penile irritations, inflammation and risk of infection. There has also been claims that it decreases sensitivity in the head of the penis compared to uncircumcised penises decreasing sexual pleasure. But these claims are obviously subjective.

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Understanding Circumcision

The decision to circumcise is usually based on religion, personal views on hygiene, social and cultural pressure or simply personal preference. Usually, it is done within the first ten days after birth, and mostly before the baby goes home, but some religions will have a ceremony along with a specific ritual procedure according to their religion. If the baby is circumcised at the hospital, it’ll be performed by your pediatrician, family doctor or obstetrician. The procedure is fairly painful, but local anesthesia will be used to help numb the incision area before the cut.

The procedure itself is quick and usually takes around 30 minutes with minimal risks, most of which are typical of any surgery. Pain, infection, bleeding and trouble urinating are all minor side effects and can be easily prevented with proper care. At this point, you’ve probably researched your treatment options online and come to a conclusion about your next step. Maybe you’ve entered queries like “where to get circumcision near me” or “men’s health urologist near me.” If this is you, Advanced Urology is here for you. Call Advanced Urology today at 678-344-8900  to learn more about treatment options and make an appointment.

Is Circumcision for You?

Many people in the world are not circumcised. They live happy, healthy lives without any issues. The benefits of a circumcised penis are subjective and based purely on culture, religious, social and personal preference.  There are claims that an uncircumcised penis benefit from being more sensitive than an uncircumcised penis. If sexual pleasure is important for you, you might risk experience losing sensitivity in the head of your penis. Many men claim an uncircumcised penis is as easy to clean as a circumcised penis by simply pulling the skin back while washing.

Ask your doctor or specialist in Atlanta to determine if a circumcision is right for you or your baby. Consider the aspects of your life where circumcision is important such as religious ritual, cultural preference or personal views on hygiene. Speak to your cultural and religious leaders about your options. After the procedure, practice proper care techniques and instructions given to you by the doctor and keep the penis clean until healed. Keep in good contact with your urologist and nurses for the best results in recovery.