You’ve lived this long, you’ve come this far, why now? Why get circumcised as an adult?
Some men come into our clinic to discuss circumcision based on the religious or cultural beliefs. Others prefer the cosmetic appeal of a circumcised penis. While both of these are great reasons to go through with the simple procedure, many men ask (in fact, it’s a widely held debate) if there are any health benefits to a circumcision. The long and the short of it is, yes. Simply put, one of the most common reasons for an adult circumcision is Phimosis, a condition in which the foreskin is so tight that if left untreated, it can cause hygiene problems, pain during urination, and can contribute to painful erections. Also, by removing the foreskin that covers the head of the penis, a man’s potential for contracting potential infections or diseases are significantly reduced.
Ultimately, the choice is deeply personal. However, if you are interested in understanding what the potential benefits are to a little snip, here are 5 health-related benefits to circumcision:
- Foreskin can trap bacteria and other infectious agents. By removing the foreskin, your overall genital hygiene will be improved, thus reducing the risk of balanitis (an inflammation of the glans penis) and other infections.
- Statistically, uncircumcised men have a higher incidence of prostate cancer.
- Studies have shown a significant reduction in the risk of invasive penile cancer.
- Adult or infant, circumcision reduces the risk of urinary tract and bladder infections.
- The human papillomavirus (HPV) can adhere to foreskin. Although men are usually only carriers, and therefore can transmit HPV to their female partners, it’s important to note that circumcision reduces the risk of cervical cancer in a female partner by 5.6 times. That’s kind of major.
There are a few other major benefits, such as reduced risk of phimosis, and reduced risk of HIV/AIDS (the HIV virus enters through the inner lining of the foreskin which is thin and vulnerable).
At Elna Sexual Wellness we employ both the standard technique as well as the Pollock Technique according to each unique situation. The Pollock Technique takes under 10 minutes and requires only a local anesthetic along with some skin glue (instead of sutures, which significantly improves cosmetic outcomes). We are diligent about follow-ups to ensure that all is healing properly, and are committed to making our patients feel safe and at ease about the procedure.
With only 2-3 days of downtime and about 6 weeks of healing time before engaging in sexual activity, it’ll almost look and feel like nothing ever happened!