To circumcise or not circumcise a baby is an age-old argument and one that medical professionals will still debate about to this day. But for those wondering what the increasing research over the last few years has shown, there is an opportunity for a new type of discussion regarding adult circumcision in Los Angeles. More and more parents are choosing not to circumcise their children, leaving the decision up to the individual for a later time. Let’s look at the pros and cons of circumcision.
Pros and Cons of Circumcision
What does an adult circumcision consist of? What are the pros and cons of circumcision procedures at a later age? Believe it or not, this is one of our popular procedures at Comprehensive Urology, as circumcisions can provide many hidden benefits to your health which are highlighted below. There are still some risks and setbacks, so we’ll discuss those as well.
Pros of Adult Circumcision
A number of adults are visiting our health centers to inquire about the biggest benefits of adult circumcisions. Here are the biggest boons to look forward to:
Lower STI Rates
Research has shown that the rate of sexually transmitted infections is lower in adults who are circumcised. It is important to note that this particularly pertains to men who have heterosexual sex, and safety precautions should still be taken in all sexual situations.
Decreased Risk of Urinary Infections
Babies who are circumcised at birth have a much lower risk of developing a UTI within their first year of life. Adults also may have a lower risk of UTIs. However, nothing prevents them completely. Untreated urinary tract infections can cause infections that ultimately do damage to the kidneys and liver.
No Foreskin Infections
The foreskin can develop infections over time if it is not adequately cleaned. It is also possible for foreskins to develop rare conditions that make it impossible to retract the foreskin, causing pain throughout the groin.
Cons of Adult Circumcision
Every kind of medical procedure comes with a certain level of risk, especially with a surgical procedure. While complication risks are low, it’s still important to discuss the drawbacks that are possible with an adult (or baby) circumcision:
Pain During the Procedure
Both adults and newborns may experience some pain during the procedure. Due to the nature and location of the foreskin, it can be a sensitive treatment. A topical or injectible anesthetic is usually given to the patient to reduce pain during the surgery. But it remains expected to feel some pain and discomfort afterward.
Changes in Sexual Behavior
Now, this does not have complete backing by science. But many uncircumcised men believe that sex remains better with an uncircumcised penis. Sexual pleasure feels differently for everyone. Since the penis has multiple nerve endings, this may end up being true or false for you. But it is a good thing to keep in mind for those wondering about how circumcision might affect their sex life.
Who is a Good Candidate for Adult Circumcisions?
Circumcisions are a highly personal procedure, which is why it can be hard for us to tell you when you might be ready for this. It is totally up to you to decide if this is a procedure that feels right for you. A lot of patients that want to go through with a circumcision do so because they are dealing with a foreskin that is too tight, too unsanitary, or too high in the risk of infection. Our patients must be in otherwise good health in order to be considered for this kind of surgical treatment.
Find Your Circumcision Options Today
You can find more information about adult circumcisions when you visit your urologist in Los Angeles for a personal consultation. There are many benefits and drawbacks of circumcision to weigh in your mind when considering that type of procedure. But thankfully, you don’t have to make that kind of decision on your own. Get in touch with us now for a comfortable and positive experience.