Thursday, June 28, 2012


10 Quick points: pro-circumcision

1. The American Academy of Pediatrics (1999) stated that studies suggest that neonatal circumcision confers some protection from penile cancer.

2. Circumcision is associated with a reduced risk of urinary tract infections

3. The American Academy of Pediatrics (1999) stated: "Circumcision has been suggested as an effective method of maintaining penile hygiene since the time of the Egyptian dynasties

4. An inflammation of the glans penis and foreskin is called balanoposthitis; that affecting the glans alone is called balanitis. Both conditions are usually treated with topical antibiotics (metronidazole cream) and antifungals (clotrimazole cream) or low-potency steroid creams. Although not as necessary as in the past, circumcision may be considered for recurrent or resistant cases. Most cases of these conditions occur in uncircumcised males

5. Phimosis is the inability to retract the foreskin over the glans penis; authors frequently distinguish between "physiologic" phimosis (or developmental non-retractility) and "pathological" phimosis. The latter is most commonly caused by balanitis xerotica obliterans, for which circumcision is the preferred treatment. The American Medical Association states that circumcision, properly performed, protects against the development of phimosis

6. In another analysis, in which 21 studies were included, there was a statistically significant reduction in prevalence of HPV

7. There is strong evidence that circumcision reduces the risk of HIV infection in heterosexual men in populations that are at high risk. Evidence among heterosexual men in sub-Saharan Africa shows a decreased risk of between 38 percent and 66 percent over two years and in this population studies rate it cost effective

8. The American Academy of Pediatrics points to a survey (self-report) finding circumcised adult men had less sexual dysfunction and more varied sexual practices, but also noted anecdotal reports that penile sensation and sexual satisfaction are decreased for circumcised males...but, I see this as a benefit for men with a problem with pre-mature ejaculation.

9. Social/cultural conformity.

10. It is literally the most common form of surgery that is performed today. with modern methods and anesthesia, there are very few cases of complication.

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