Circumcision can be a simple and safe procedure to remove the foreskin from the penis. Though circumcision is typically associated with infants, boys, teens and men routinely receive the procedure.
For many, circumcision is a decision related to faith or culture. New parents often follow family tradition and have their newborn sons circumcised. As boys reach adolescence, circumcision can sometimes be a solution to health issues such as phimosis. Many adult men choose circumcision for cosmetic purposes.
Circumcision does have health benefits across the age spectrum – from infants to adult men. Foreskin can cause a build-up of bacteria that contributes to UTIs in babies and uncircumcised men are shown to be at higher risk of penile and prostate cancer. Foreskin can also encourage the colonization of human papillomavirus – a leading cause of cervical cancer, affecting female partners.
Circumcision is always going to be very personal decision. But once it’s made, the next step is to find the right physician and chose the surgical procedure that makes the most sense for your circumstances.