Monday, January 18, 2010

Circumcision: To Do or Not to Do?

*A discussion I did for my psychology class*

Circumcision is a surgery that removes the foreskin that is covering the glands of the penis. This procedure dates back to prehistoric times and is one of the oldest surgical operations performed by people.

Most parents will have their child circumcised for one of three reasons: religion, social, or medical. An example of a social reason is that the mother will have their child circumcised so he will look like his father. As for medical reasons, some doctors say that the prepuce does not really serve a purpose and that it could become diseased. Because of this, they say it is best for it to be removed as a matter of public health and hygiene. Some people and doctors believe that circumcision protects against sexually transmitted diseases. Sometimes doctors will also recommend that the operation needs to be done as early as possible. This could be why most parents have their child circumcised at birth. Newborn circumcision reduces the risk for cancer of the penis and also lowers the risk for cancer of the cervix in sexual partners. It is also rumored that a routine neonatal circumcision can reduce the incidence of urinary tract infections in babies. While most doctors recommend circumcision, some people are against it.

For the most part, the people and doctors that are against it believe that the foreskin has an important function and it should be preserved. They also believe by removing it, it impairs sexual functioning and pleasure. They believe that the male glands becomes thickened and insensitive when the foreskin is removed. Since most males are circumcised at birth, they go through their sexually active years with a circumcised penis. Many believe that a circumcised male does not have any idea of what normal feeling is. Now days, males have realized this and some are even looking into medical procedures of having the foreskin “replaced”.

I believe that circumcision is totally up to the parents/child and should be their choice.

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