How common is it for adults to get circumcised and if so does it hurt? These are great questions I am commonly asked by adult males. The answer is that circumcisions on adults can be performed at any age and it is quite common as well. The actual surgery does not hurt since local anesthetics are injected thereby numbing the entire area. The stitches fall off on their own approximately two weeks after the procedure. The healing process takes a few weeks and for complete swelling to subside, it can even take up to a couple of months. Across cultures, circumcisions are commonly practiced for health benefits. For the Jewish adult, there is the added spiritual element which a circumcision represents; a physical sign of a spiritual covenant between man and God. This definitely is an important step for any Jewish male seeking to strengthen his connection to God and the Jewish nation.
Circumcisions are performed nowadays on adults more than ever before. The reasons can vary from either religious, cultural, family or for medical reasons. As well, adolescents and adults decide to have this procedure done because of experiencing pain during erections or even infections of the foreskin and urinary tract infections. The surgical procedure is nearly painless and the healing process typically takes a few weeks.
Circumcision has many health benefits including:
- It can reduce the risk of infection in the urinary tract.
- Risk of sexually communicated diseases is highly reduced.
- Penile cancer in men and cervical cancer in female sex partners can by avoided by circumcision.
- Risk of balanitis (tenderness of glands) and balanoposthitis (irritation of glands and foreskin) is reduced by circumcision.
- Circumcision prevents phimosis (the incapability to pull back the foreskin) and paraphimosis (being unable to return the foreskin to its regular position).
- Circumcision also makes it easier to keep the penile area clean.
Over the year’s circumcisions have been found to be medically beneficial. For years, medical researchers claimed that it reduced penile cancers, urinary tract infections and added to easier hygiene. As such, pediatrics academies routinely recommend circumcision for male infants. According to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), the preventative health benefits of infant circumcision clearly outweigh the risks.
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