Response to circumcision hoax

Editor,
Please hide my real ID considering the organisation I work for.
Let me be brief. A week also ago, I read with interest the views of one SM on the issue of male circumcision. SM’s views were quite valid. Regardless, there is need to approach this circumcision issue with sobriety and civility rather than writing from emotion and hate. This civility must be extended to proponents of the practice who only feed the nation on the good side rather than the bad side of male circumcision as well.
Stating with facts and figures, the USA may be the only developed nation that practices routine male circumcision. In most of Europe, the practice is almost non- existent and the rate of circumcision is as low as 5% in the UK. In Africa, the practice is widespread and traditionally cultural rather than for medical purposes. Readers are free to check out the global distribution map provided by the World Health Organization. The reason why circumcision became the norm in the USA can be traced to the experiences of soldiers during World War II. 145,000 combatants who took part in the North African campaign were beset with foreskin related ailments including balanoposthitis (the inflammation of the foreskin and glans) which resulted from poor hygiene that led to colonisation and overgrowth. Since then, the practice has been high in that country and much research has been undertaken to justify it.
There are several obvious advantages and disadvantages associated with circumcision. For example:
  1. Circumcision may reduce the risk of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI), such as a bladder infection.
  2. Circumcision may reduce the risk of getting some types of sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV and genital herpes.
  3. Circumcision may reduce the risk of female partners developing some types of sexually transmitted infections, such as bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis.
  4. Circumcision may reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer.
    Other health benefits include averting balanoposthitis (the inflammation of the foreskin and glans), phimosis (a foreskin that’s too tight to retract over the glans) and paraphimosis (a foreskin stuck in the retracted position). Circumcision keeps a man’s member clean and attractive especially for oral sex.
    However, all above benefits aside, there are much more effective and less invasive ways of preventing the conditions listed above and the decision to get circumcised or not must be left to the individual. For example, practising good hygiene to prevent UTIs, or using a condom to prevent STIs. From the medical point of view, most healthcare professionals agree that the potential benefits of circumcision are not strong enough to justify routine circumcision.Cleaning, if regular, is more than sufficient to get the apparatus clean. If the primary goal is to remove people’s folds of protective, functional skin to prevent the possible accumulation of secretions, we would be doing the same to girls and women.
    Circumcision has the disadvantage of reducing sensitivity. We are built around nature wanting us to have pleasurable sex with our partners but because of this irreversible operation, that right to pleasurable sex is taken away. An uncircumcised penis is more sensitive than a circumcised penis, meaning that circumcised men may experience less pleasure during sex.  This is because of losing the most sensitive part of their body through circumcision. There may be no immediate sensitivity issues shortly after the operation. Over time however, that sensitivity wears off as there is nothing to protect the circumcised penis rubbing against clothing/fabrics, hot baths and showers and the environment in general. In extreme cases, circumcised men have reported their organs to have become useless as they may not be able to maintain an erection during sex as they can’t feel anything.
    Anybody who is thinking of getting circumcised or circumcising their son, please think twice before doing it. It is an individual specific operation rather than across the board.

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