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Reasons for and benefits of adult circumcision

Adult Circumcision Gold Coast - Dr Michael Read

Circumcision has been a tradition in many cultures and religions. The practice is deeply rooted in history and was even once an initiation ritual for boys to become men. Even today, circumcision is usually performed as a religious rite or as part of a coming-of-age ceremony.


However, circumcision can be done on adults as well. Doctors now perform circumcisions on adults for various reasons. The procedure may be done to correct a problem or improve the appearance of the glans, which is known as cosmetic circumcision.


In this article we will discuss how adult circumcision can benefit circumcised men who are looking for better hygiene, less risk of infections and diseases, and even a more attractive penis.



Reasons for and benefits of adult circumcision


The following are some of the medical reasons for adult male circumcision:


Doctor-prescribed circumcision as treatment for phimosis

Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin becomes too tight to be pulled back over the head of the penis. This can result in pain or bleeding during urination or sax, and may also cause infection. However, circumcision should not be done as a treatment for phimosis if there is no evidence that it has caused  any medical problems.


Risk of infections in the foreskin

The foreskin may get inflamed or get infections for reasons such as poor hygiene or STDs. If this is left unattended, it can cause significant health problems. However, circumcision should not be done to prevent infections if there is no evidence that it has caused any medical problems.


Risk of infection with STDs

STDs, such as syphilis and chancroid, can also be prevented through circumcision. Circumcision can reduce the risk of contracting STDs by 50%. However, circumcision should not be done to prevent infections if there is no evidence that it has caused any medical problems.


Improved self-esteem among circumcised men

Some circumcised men feel more confident about their bodies after circumcision. They may feel cleaner, and they may also enjoy sex more because they no longer have to deal with the inconvenience of a foreskin.


Cosmetic reasons

Some circumcised men undergo circumcision as a form of cosmetic surgery. In these cases, the patient wants to change the appearance of his penis to something  that he feels is more attractive.

Cosmetic circumcision can also be done to hide a birth defect, such as microglans caused by hypospadias. In these cases, the foreskin is usually reconstructed using nearby tissue so that it looks natural and covers the glans.


How do I know if adult circumcision is right for me?

As mentioned earlier, adult male circumcision has several benefits. Circumcision can help keep your glans clean, make you less susceptible to infections and diseases spread  for up to  three weeks after surgery.


General advice

As with any medical procedure, it is important that you are fully aware of the risks involved beforehand. This way, you will know exactly what to expect before and after surgery.


If you would like to know more about adult circumcision, visit the adult circumcision page to download our free guide.  If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 07 5531 3205 to book an appointment with Dr Read.


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