As many as 64% of male babies born in the United States are circumcised within days of birth. It is a common and safe procedure here in America that can make it easier for caregivers and then the child himself to keep the penis clean. However, men who were not circumcised as children can still opt for adult circumcision.
Why would an adult male choose to get circumcised? The reasons for adult circumcision are varied and often personal, encompassing medical, aesthetic, cultural, and psychological factors. This article delves into the rationale behind adult circumcision and what it entails.
For some men, their desire for adult circumcision is rooted in medical needs. Of course, any medically motivated reason for circumcision should be thoroughly discussed with a doctor. There are a few medical reasons a man and his doctor would opt for circumcision.
General Health and Hygiene
Medical necessity is a primary driver for adult circumcision. Conditions such as phimosis (where the foreskin cannot be fully retracted over the glans) or recurrent balanitis (inflammation of the glans) can make circumcision a practical solution. The medical community also recognizes that circumcision can decrease the risk of certain sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, which may contribute to a man’s decision.
Phimosis occurs when the penis foreskin is too tight to be retracted over the head (glans) of the penis. Scarring of the foreskin from injury, infection, inflammation, or certain skin conditions present on the penis can lead to phimosis.
When phimosis causes pain, usually when the penis is erect, many men choose circumcision for relief. In rare cases, phimosis can cause problems with urination as well.
Balanitis is the inflammation of the glans penis.
Fungal infection is the overall most common cause of balanitis, usually Candida albicans. Candida is a common fungus, but it doesn’t always cause such severe problems. Poor hygiene in uncircumcised males can lead to an increase in fungus and infections associated with balanitis.
Other causes of balanitis include:
- Infection from other fungi, bacteria, and viruses
- Irritation from chemicals
- Allergies and dermatitis
- Health conditions like heart failure, obesity, and diabetes
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Cultural and Religious Considerations
For many, adult circumcision aligns with cultural or religious beliefs, mostly Jewish and Muslim religions. Men who convert to religions that traditionally practice circumcision often undergo the procedure as a rite of passage or to fulfill religious obligations.
Sexual Experience and Sensitivity
There’s an ongoing debate about whether circumcision affects sexual pleasure. While some men report improved hygiene and reduced risk of infections contributing to a more positive sexual experience, others worry about the loss of sensitivity. However, studies have shown that adult circumcision has no adverse effects on sexual stimulation.
Especially for men experiencing phimosis or another painful infection of the penis glans, adult circumcision can relieve painful intercourse and make sex enjoyable again.
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Psychological and Emotional Well-Being
Psychological factors, such as self-esteem and body confidence, can also prompt the decision. Men who feel self-conscious or dissatisfied with their foreskin may seek circumcision. The anticipation of feeling more comfortable in one’s skin or conforming to one’s self-ideal can be a strong motivating factor.
Aesthetics play a non-negligible role. Some men may prefer the appearance of a circumcised penis, which can influence their choice. Personal preference, whether shaped by self-image or intimate experiences, can significantly sway a man’s decision towards undergoing the procedure.
When a man’s penis does not match his preference, he can experience low sexual confidence and even embarrassment in nonsexual situations, such as in public bathrooms. Adult circumcision is a low-risk way of helping men see the penis aesthetics they want. Adult men who opt for circumcision report positive effects in terms of sexual life and confidence.
The Procedure and Its Considerations
A doctor typically performs adult circumcision under local anesthesia. Unlike infant circumcision, the adult version requires a recovery period of rest and limited physical activity to facilitate healing.
It’s crucial for anyone considering adult circumcision to consult with a qualified healthcare provider. These professionals can offer insights into the benefits and risks, post-operative care, and potential impacts on life and health.
The decision to pursue adult circumcision is a personal one, influenced by a complex interplay of health, aesthetics, culture, and psychology. While it’s not a decision to be made lightly, it’s also not one that should be shrouded in mystery or stigma. With the right information and medical advice, men can make a choice that aligns with their values, health goals, and personal comfort.
For those contemplating this procedure, seeking counsel and thorough understanding is the key. If you are considering adult circumcision and wish to discuss this further, scheduling a consultation with Prometheus by Dr. Malik can provide clarity and guide you toward making an informed decision that’s right for you.
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