Reasons for Circumcision

Bacteria grow easily in the area between the foreskin and the tip of the penis, causing infection and pus. If the redundant foreskin is not removed, it will return under the tip of the penis.


Reason 1: Balanitis

Balanitis is the most common reason for circumcision. During puberty, bacteria grow easily in the area between the foreskin and the tip of the penis, causing infection and pus. If the redundant foreskin is not removed, it will return under the tip of the penis. With prolonged infection, the foreskin and the tip of the penis may stick together, making it more difficult to retract the foreskin for cleaning.
If circumcision is performed when this serious condition has occurred, the healing process takes longer and recovery takes around 6 to 8 weeks. Circumcision is more suitable for children at ages 9 to 12, as the foreskin is almost completely separated from the glans of penis.

Reason 2: Tight foreskin

Many teenagers, and even adult, have been undergoing circumcision due to tight foreskin. When the foreskin is too tight, minor injuries will result when retracting the foreskin, leaving scars. The entrance of the foreskin then becomes even tighter when the scar contracts. This vicious cycle causes the entrance of the foreskin to become tighter over time, making it difficult to be retracted for cleaning. Therefore, patients need to undergo circumcision.

Reason 4: Phimosis

The penis is wrapped tightly within the foreskin, making it unable to retract the foreskin completely to show the tip of the penis. It may affect ejaculation and causing infertility because part of the semen will be trapped in the area between the foreskin and glans.

Reason 3: Short Frenulum

The frenulum is too tight on erection. It may cause pain and even bleeding during coitus.

Reason 5: Hygiene

The moist and warm area between the foreskin and the tip of the penis is a favourable environment for bacterial growth, such as candida which causes yeast infections. Without proper cleaning, not only would it smell, it would also affect the patient’s partner by spreading the infection.

Reason 6: Religion

Some parents circumcise their sons one month after birth for religious reason.

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