How Much Do You Know About Circumcision ?: Myths And Truths

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How Much Do You Know About Circumcision ?: Myths And Truths
How Much Do You Know About Circumcision ?: Myths And Truths

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Video: Circumcision Myths & Facts 2023, February

Have you seen a curved penis? Did you know that this is the cause of a wrong circumcision? If you want to know more myths and truths about circumcision keep reading …

Whether for religion, aesthetics, or social reasons, circumcision is one of the most popular surgical procedures performed on infants in the United States and some countries in Latin America. However, very little is known about this surgery, which is rather aesthetic and lacks medical support for the baby's health.

What is circumcision?

Circumcision is a surgical procedure that is done to remove the foreskin, which is the skin that covers the head of the penis. It is usually practiced in newborn men within their first days of life with little or no use of anesthesia, given their young age.

This practice is mostly carried out by Jewish and Muslim communities, mainly for religious ideals. The United States acquired this custom directly from Victorian England back in the 19th century, when it was believed that circumcision would prevent young men from masturbating.

Myths and truths

The documentary "American Circumcision", groups of activists and the medical community have reopened the debate on the true benefits of circumcision, a very recent practice in Latin America.

One of the most popular, and still existing, myths about circumcision is that it reduces the risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Another myth is that it reduces infections in the urinary tract.

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Although from the outset it seems to be more hygienic, the chances of infection increase after surgery. According to a statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, some of the complications of circumcision are: the baby does not urinate normally, the bleeding does not stop, the swelling in the penis worsens in 3 to 5 days and the penis may begin to ooze.

In contrast, cleaning the penis of an uncircumcised baby requires only gentle retractable movements that allow the foreskin to stretch and wash with soap and water. This cleaning practice should become habitual during the baby's life, as well as brushing the teeth.

Another result that can result from a poorly done circumcision is the curvature of the penis. As explained in "American Circumcision," when the foreskin is cut wrong, the skin is stretched more than one side, causing the penis to appear curved when erect. Something that does not happen to the uncircumcised.

According to the National Organization of Circumcision Information Centers (NOCIRC), about 80,000 nerve endings are cut in circumcision, resulting in a loss of sensitivity of 75 percent directly influencing the sex life.

If you are about to be a mom, or for mere education, we invite you to inform yourself widely about whether circumcision is the practice you would choose or not. Remember that because it is recommended in the first days of the infant's life, the decision to make it rests directly with the parents; and yet it can be done voluntarily in adulthood.

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