Getting circumcised is beneficial for your sex life and overall health
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
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.
LOWER STD RISK
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.
RISKS AND BENEFITS OF CIRCUMCISION
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.