Get­ting cir­cum­cised is ben­e­fi­cial for your sex life and over­all health

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Vin­cent Phahlane

CIRCUMCISION is the sur­gi­cal re­moval of the fore­skin and tis­sue cov­er­ing the head of the man­hood, which is called the glans. In some com­mu­ni­ties, cir­cum­sion is per­formed on the first or sec­ond day af­ter birth. The pro­ce­dure be­comes more com­pli­cated and riskier in older men, which is why it is im­por­tant to do it at an early age.


The im­por­tance of circumcision for med­i­cal or health rea­sons is an is­sue that con­tin­ues to be de­bated.

Dr An­drew Manamela, a med­i­cal prac­tioner in GaMashashane in Polok­wane, Lim­popo, ex­plains that get­ting cir­cum­cised helps lessen the risks of catch­ing dis­eases.

“Circumcision re­duces the risk of de­vel­op­ing a uri­nary tract or blad­der in­fec­tion. It re­duces the risk of get­ting can­cer and sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions.”

Dr An­drew fur­ther ex­plains that get­ting cir­cum­sised can also in­crease sen­si­tiv­ity.

“A com­mon be­lief is that un­cir­cum­cised men ex­pe­ri­ence less plea­sure dur­ing sex,” he says.


Rodgers Baloyi from Brothers For Life, says men who get cir­cum­cised will not only boost their part­ner’s sat­is­fac­tion, but their sex­ual health.

“Men who get cir­cum­cised tend to have a lower rate of Hu­man Pa­pil­lo­mavirus (HPV) in­fec­tions and so do their fe­male part­ners. About 40 per­cent of women have re­ported be­ing more sex­u­ally sat­is­fied af­ter their part­ner’s circumcision, the rea­son be­ing bet­ter hy­giene,” he says.


He fur­ther ex­plains that circumcision can re­duce the risk of HIV and the sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to other STIs.

The Cen­tres For Disease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion South Africa (CDC) also notes that circumcision low­ers the risk of STIs.

“Cir­cum­cised men have a 25 per­cent lower risk of get­ting gen­i­tal her­pes and a 35 per­cent lower risk of HPV, a virus that can lead to gen­i­tal warts and

can­cer,” says the CDC.


“Circumcision still re­mains a heav­ily de­bated topic around the world; a pro­ce­dure loaded with pros and cons from both sup­port­ers and crit­ics. There are sev­eral ad­van­tages and ben­e­fits of re­mov­ing the fore­skin, like in­creas­ing sex­ual sat­is­fac­tion for both men and women. Snip­ping the tip for a bet­ter sex life could be the ev­i­dence many men need to get cir­cum­cised,” says Rodgers.


Dr An­drew says like any sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure, there are risks as­so­ci­ated with circumcision, which include: Pain Risk of bleed­ing and in­fec­tion at the site of the circumcision Ir­ri­ta­tion of the glans In­creased risk of meati­tis (in­flam­ma­tion of the open­ing of the man­hood)

Ben­e­fits of be­ing cir­cum­cised:

It de­creases the risk of get­ting a uri­nary tract in­fec­tion

A re­duced risk of get­ting some sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases

Pro­tec­tion against pe­nile can­cer and a re­duced risk of cer­vi­cal can­cer in fe­male sex­ual part­ners.

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