Some traditions in human society date as far back as ancient Egypt. Circumcision happens to be one of these ancient practices that still live on today. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that the number of males circumcised in 2007 is slightly over 664.5 million males. This statistic only includes those who are above 15 years old. It is important to note that some communities circumcise their males at an early age. A good example is the Jewish community, which circumcises male infants as soon as they are eight days old.
Israel, the United States, South Korea, Africa, and Southeast Asia are some of the areas in the world where this practice is quite popular. However, circumcision of male children or adults is rare in Europe, Southern Africa, and Latin America.
In 2014, the CDC released a guideline on circumcision for male newborns. In this guideline, the CDC noted that the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks associated with it. The CDC cited a number of clinical trials conducted in Africa’s sub-Saharan region. These trials revealed that circumcision reduces the risk of HIV infection reduced by 50% to 60%.The guideline also noted that circumcision reduces the chances of a man contracting herpes by 30%. However, these results relate to vaginal sex only. Scientists are not sure if circumcision reduces the risk of contracting these diseases when the person engages in anal or oral sex.
There is no consensus within the medical community on that score: some think that circumcision does not affect the sexual performance of men; others claim that circumcision seriously reduces the sensitivity of the glans penis, which leads to a longer duration of intercourse but decreased sensation.
An urologist at a training hospital located in Istanbul, Turkey claims that circumcision helps a man to fight premature ejaculation. The urologist in question, Temucin Senkul, analyzed data from 42 male individuals who decided to undergo the procedure being adults. He asked them about their ejaculatory latency before and after the surgery, and then all of them announced improvements in this aspect of their life. It is important to note that the research by Senkul is still inconclusive.
Circumcision is a practice that allegedly may bring some health benefits to a man. However, don’t forget about possible complications since the procedure doesn’t come without a certain amount of risk. The most common ones include excessive bleeding and infection. In 2010, a study of newborn babies undergoing circumcision found that complications arose in 1.5% of all the cases in that year.