Men’s Health Week – June 10th-16th 2019 – Circumcision and Health

Men’s Health Week is an annual event organised by the Men’s Health Forum. Every year, the focus is on different men’s health issues and this year the theme is the impact of inequality and deprivation on men’s health. Materials to support the week will be released on the Men’s Health Forum website.

Keeping the focus on men’s health, let’s talk about circumcision for health reasons.

Circumcision for health reasons

Whilst circumcision is commonly a religious or cultural practice in the UK, in some circumstances, some males choose to be circumcised as a result of hygiene or medical issues. Some common reasons for circumcision include Phimosis (when the foreskin is too tight to be retracted behind the head of the penis), Paraphimosis (when the foreskin has been pulled back and cannot return to its natural position) and Balanitis, an infection and inflammation of the head of the penis.

In serious cases, these problems can result in more serious medical problems that could have severe consequences if left untreated. For most men experiencing foreskin related medical complaints, it’s very rare that circumcision is the first recommended treatment; medical ointments or creams are often prescribed first. However, where conditions such as Phimosis or Balanitis are recurring problems, circumcision provides a solution to prevent this, allowing for improved health and hygiene.

As well as removing the risk of foreskin related problems, some research suggests that circumcision can also reduce the risk of penile cancer and sexually transmitted infections. There are several theories for why uncircumcised penises are more susceptible to STIs such as HIV/AIDS, Human Papillomavirus and Herpes. For example:

  • The skin covering the head of the penis of uncircumcised men becomes tougher and could protect against microtears in the skin that could provide entry points for germs and infection.
  • The inner lining of the foreskin could be the point at which germs enter underlying skin cells, however, this is removed during the circumcision procedure.
  • The foreskin may prolong the amount of time that the tender skin of the penis is exposed to germs.

Studies have also found that circumcised men are less likely to get penile cancer. Inflammation and STIs like Human Papillomavirus may contribute to cancer growth, and as the risk of these issues is reduced by circumcision, the risk of penile cancer is also reduced.

Enquire about Circumcision

If circumcision has been recommended as a treatment to help improve your health, please get in touch with our specialist team today by calling 0121 250 0386. We are an award-winning healthcare clinic, our team of specialists have trained with some of the leading experts in the UK and Europe and have carried out more than eight thousand circumcisions on all age groups.