Circumcision is the surgical procedure by which the foreskin is eliminated – that skin fold that covers the end of the penis. The foreskin is a double layer formed of skin and mucous membranes that somehow protect the head (gland) of the penis from the dryness and irritation that could be caused in contact with urine or clothing.
Circumcision to the new born is of course optional. Some parents choose to do it, and others don't. If you are considering this and thinking about performing the procedure for your child, you can see below some details on this subject.
Why do some parents choose circumcision and others don't?
Some families may choose circumcision for their little one, either on the basis of religious or cultural tradition, or simply as an answer to health and hygiene concerns. There are parents who consider circumcision to be useless or that they do not deserve the exposure of the new born to any complications. Other parents think it is unethical to make this choice for their child, before he can decide for himself. But still, there are certain benefits from a medical standpoint, in carrying out circumcision, since the baby stage.
What are the benefits of circumcision for the new born?
Circumcision can reduce the risk of urinary tract infections as well as penis cancer or some sexually transmitted infections. Some studies estimate that about 1 out of 100 uncircumcised guys around, develop urinary tract infections in the first year of life. That's while for the circumcised boys is 1 to 1000.
- Circumcision reduces the risk of penis cancer by up to 30%. This type of cancer is already rare, but the risk is even lower for the boys circumcised
- Circumcision can reduce by 50-60% the chances that a man acquire HIV after sexual contact with an infected partner
- Circumcised men are 30-45% less susceptible to developing genital herpes, compared to men Necircumcisi
- The rate of other sexually transmitted infections, such as bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis and papillomavirus (HPV) are lower in male partners circumcised
The care of the newly-born circumcised
After circumcision, the tip of the penis can get brown or yellowish for 7 to 10 days. Keep the area as clean as possible, washing with water and soap daily. Change the diaper frequently so that the urine and the stool do not cause infection. Possible complications that may occur, are mild bleeding at local level or minor infections. Following the indications given by the surgeon and complications, after circumcision, are rare.
So, if you are still wondering how it is possible for circumcision to reduce certain health risks, do not hesitate to contact specialist physicians. The inner surface of the foreskin that protects the penis contains a moist part (mucosa) that turns into a way to transport the bacteria directly to the blood. Thus, the foreskin creates this contributory medium of capture, support and growth of various types of bacteria and viruses. But by circumcision, the foreskin is removed.
If you have thought about your newborn circumcision, the decision will be yours. You have to keep in mind that circumcision might be more risky if it's done later in the boy's life.
Any questions or questions you have, our clinic's specialists are at your disposal to help you make an informed decision.