In this article

    • What is circumcision?
    • Circumcision Risk Of Developing UTI, STDs, Phimosis, Balanitis, Penile Cancer and offers some protection to sexual partners from STDs.
    • Potential Complications Of Circumcision
    • Principle Of Consent
    • Healing post circumcision
    • The Cost of circumcision
    • Questions about circumcision and the procedure

Things To Know About Circumcisions

What Is Circumcision? 

Circumcision can be defined as ‘the excision of the foreskin’ and it is an ancient practice that has its origins in religious rites. Today, many parents have their sons circumcised for religious or other reasons. When circumcising newborn babies, the procedure takes about five to ten minutes while adult circumcision takes about an hour. Circumcision is usually performed on the first or second day after birth while among the Jewish population it is performed on the eighth day. The procedure becomes more complicated in older babies, children and men, although men of all ages can be circumcised. Although there are different theories about the ideal time of circumcision, it is more difficult for some boys between the ages of two and six years as the child is more aware of the procedure and is less likely to understand the rational for the procedure.

Circumcision Reduces The Risk Of Developing A UTI and other conditions

There have been several studies about the association between circumcision and urinary tract infections (UTI). Evidence shows that being uncut increases your risk of developing a UTI, mostly in the first year of life. Smegma buildup can also increase infection risks that lead to phimosis and balanitis though practicing good hygiene can help prevent these infections. Circumcision significantly decrease the risk of penile cancer, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and subsequently their spreads to sexual partners. (Mayo Clin Proc. May 2014:89(5):677-686.)

Potential Complications Of Circumcision

Critics of circumcision argue that it has its disadvantages such as reduced sensitivity. Wider research shows otherwise. For more information on the risks and benefits of procedure, we have compiled some links to media resources and studies on circumcision – including a 2016 paper published in the Journal of Urology which concludes that the benefits of circumcision may have been previously understated. The authors (including Dr. Neil Pollock) find that circumcision affords important benefits to men throughout their lives.

Principle Of Consent

Critics have also argued that routine baby circumcision on medical grounds violates the principle of consent to treatment. The argument is that circumcision should only be performed when a boy is old enough to make an informed decision about whether he wishes to be circumcised. In a number of religious communities, the decision is usually made by the parents. Others have argued that the medical benefits of circumcision out weight the risk by 100:1, so that failure to circumcise may be unethical because it diminishes a child’s right to good health (Mayo Clin Proc. May 2014:89(5):677-686.).  The optimal time to circumcise is within the first 6 weeks placing the parents/guardians in the place of deciding.

Healing Post Circumcision

Healing is usually rapid and occurs in several stages. Remember that a circumcision is like any other cut. There are many factors that influence healing; but most importantly, every child heals differently.

Read our guide on post circumcision after care

The Cost Of Circumcision

The cost of circumcision may vary depending on the hospital or day procedure centre where the operation is done and the amount the medical practitioner and anaesthetist charges. Gentle Procedures Circumcision clinics in Brisbane and the Gold Coast have set fees that only vary based on the age of the person being circumcised. Find out more about the cost of circumcision

Questions about circumcision and the procedure

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