Reviewing the Health Benefits of Circumcision this Men’s Health Week

From 15th to 21st June 2020 we celebrate Men’s Health Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness about the health issues that particularly affect men.  This awareness week aims to not only raise the profile of male health issues, but also to encourage men to seek help and support to deal with these issues.  Not surprisingly, in 2020, the week will focus on the ways in which men can take action against the spread of Covid-19.  However, whilst we all need to do our bit to stick to the current guidelines, and avoid spreading the virus, this week is also a great time to showcase other male health problems.  

It is the perfect opportunity for us to review the health benefits of circumcision, so here we have presented our main reasons why men may choose to undergo the procedure for health reasons.

Top 5 health benefits of circumcision

  1. Phimosis

One of the main medical reasons for circumcision to take place is phimosis.  This is where the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back over the head of the penis.  It can cause discomfort, particularly when the penis is erect, and may also cause difficulty in passing urine.

  1. Paraphimosis

This condition is characterised by a swollen and painful penis head which occurs because the foreskin cannot be returned to its original position after being pulled back.  Treatment is generally needed immediately to rectify the problem, as leaving it could restrict the blood flow to the penis and lead to serious complications.

  1. Balanitis

This skin irritation on the head of the penis causes itchiness, redness, swelling and pain when passing urine.  It can usually be cleared up by practicing good hygiene and using cream or ointment as prescribed by a doctor.  However, in some cases it can become recurrent and in which case circumcision may be recommended.

  1. Cancer of the penis

Though a rare type of cancer, circumcision may help to prevent you from getting the disease.  Penile cancer generally affects men over the age of 50 and occurs on the skin of the penis or within the penis.  Though rare, it is important to be aware of any changes and see your GP if you have sores that will not heal, bleeding from under the foreskin or a change in colour of the skin on your penis or foreskin.

  1. Prevention of HIV

There is some evidence to suggest that circumcision can prevent heterosexual men from acquiring HIV.  It is often encouraged as part of HIV prevention programmes.

If you are at all concerned about penis health, we recommend that you contact your GP as soon as possible, as early detection of any issues will almost certainly improve your recovery time. 

Circumcision at Modality Circumcision Service

Whatever the motivation behind you wanting to be circumcised, whether for religious or health reasons, we offer an award winning service here at Modality Circumcision Service in Birmingham.  To find out more about our services and prices please enquire by calling us on 0121 250 0386 or click here to send us a message.