The Circumcision Controversy: Debating Tradition and Health


Circumcision is a widely practiced procedure, especially for babies. It involves the removal of the foreskin that covers the glans, or head of the penis. Typically performed on male babies shortly after birth for religious reasons, it is now recommended for various other reasons including medical, cultural, and personal preferences. 

If you are considering getting circumcision for your baby get help through this informative blog to solve your queries. 

Is circumcision painful?

Like any surgical procedure, circumcision may be slightly painful. However, surgeons usually numb the area using local anesthesia to ease pain during the procedure. After the procedure, surgeons prescribe painkillers to manage pain and discomfort. 

Is it healthy to circumcise or not?

It depends since there are medical benefits and risks to circumcision. Several major medical associations recommend offering circumcision as a choice for parents. However, the benefits of this procedure are greater than the risks. So it may be considered healthy to get a circumcision. But it is a personal choice.

How long does circumcision take?

A circumcision usually takes around 20 to 30 minutes and involves the preparation, anesthesia, and the actual removal of the foreskin. It may take a longer time for older kids, and adults than for infants. 

What are the benefits of circumcision?

The potential benefits of circumcision include:

  • A circumscribed penis is easy to clean, especially in children 
  • It lowers the risk of the following:
    • Phimosis 
    • Balanitis 
    • Urinary tract infections 
    • Penile cancer 
    • Cervical cancer 
    • STIs

How successful is circumcision?

The success rate for circumcision is incredibly high (over 98%). However, there may be a 3% risk of complications.

What are the complications of circumcision?

Generally, circumcision is a routine and safe procedure. But like any surgical procedure, there are some risks. Potential risks may include:

  • Allergies to anesthesia 
  • Bleeding
  • Infection at the surgical site
  • Severe pain
  • Cutting the foreskin too short or long
  • Irritation at the tip of the penis
  • Meatal stenosis (the opening at the tip of the penis narrows)
  • Meatitis (inflammation at the tip of the penis)
  • Penile adhesion 

Does circumcision reduce sensitivity and affect fertility?

There is no such strong evidence or proof that circumcision decreases sexual pleasure and reduces the intensity of orgasms. Circumcision also does not affect the ability to have a biological child (fertility). 

How to care for a baby’s penis after a circumcision?

In general, you should:

  • Gently wash the area with soap and warm water as it heals. Use a sponge to clean the area.
  • Avoid a full body bath for at least two days until the procedure. Carefully pat the area dry.
  • Apply  a skincare ointment to your child’s penis at each diaper change
  • Use pain relief that your child’s doctor recommends

Discuss the pros and cons of circumcision with your baby’s doctor to determine if it is the right choice.


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