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The Health Benefits of Circumcision

Oct 22, 2023
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The Health Benefits of Circumcision

Circumcision is often performed shortly after birth, typically while the baby is hospitalized. But sometimes, circumcision is delayed until later, once the individual is an adult.

While there are different reasons why men choose to have adult circumcision, health benefits often top the list. In this post, the team at Gulf Coast Urology offers a brief overview of five of those benefits so patients in Nassau Bay and Houston, Texas, can make an informed decision about their care.

Reduced risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Circumcision involves the removal of the foreskin, and because the foreskin can harbor many types of bacteria and other germs, many of the benefits associated with circumcision have to do with eliminating that “harbor.” UTIs happen when bacteria or other pathogens travel up the urethra and into your bladder. Without treatment, UTIs can cause serious kidney problems. Once the foreskin is removed, that “germ harbor” is also eliminated, reducing the risk of UTIs and their complications.

Reduced risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs or STDs)

Like UTIs, STIs are caused by germs that can find a protective environment in the foreskin. Data show that circumcised men have a reduced risk of HIV and other STIs because, once again, after the foreskin is removed, that harbor is also removed.

Eliminates the risk of phimosis

Phimosis is an excruciating condition when the foreskin can no longer be pulled back or retracted from the head of the penis. Not only can phimosis cause a lot of discomfort, but it can also interfere with sexual activity and pleasure. Because circumcision eliminates the foreskin, phimosis will never be a problem.

Reduced risk of cancers

Various studies have shown a correlation between circumcision and lower rates of penile cancer and prostate cancer. While the correlation is strongest when circumcision is performed early, adult males can also benefit. Circumcision has also been associated with a reduced risk of cervical cancer in female partners, probably because circumcision is linked with lower infections of HPV, the primary cause of cervical cancer.

Better health for sexual partners

As noted earlier, circumcision reduces the risk of contracting STIs, an essential benefit for the person who’s being circumcised. But by making hygiene easier and reducing areas where STI pathogens can hide and multiply, circumcision can reduce the risk that you’ll spread an STI to your partner, too.

Adult circumcision is performed as an outpatient procedure, and generally, it’s associated with a recovery of about 2-3 weeks. To learn more about the procedure and how it could benefit your health and lifestyle, call or book an appointment online with the team at Gulf Coast Urology today.

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