The majority of men out there have no say in whether or not they are circumcised. This is because it is something that has been traditionally done at birth, something that has been done for thousands of years.
We can trace the origins of this practice all the way back to the time of the ancient Egyptians, something that helped shape the future of mankind. If you are unfamiliar with this practice it involves the removal of some of the foreskin of the penis, especially the parts covering the tip of the glans.
This practice was initially started for one reason-better hygiene. Back in those days the sterilization techniques and general knowledge about disease were much more primitive than what we have and know available today.
Catching some types of STDs is easier to do with the additional foreskin than without, hence why we still practice this tradition to this day. In fact the majority of males born today in the United States are circumcised, but is it really still necessary considering the advancements we’ve made in medicine since then?
You’re Still Safer from STDs When Circumcised
Many of the old practices we follow diminish and eventually fall away from tradition. This is a natural trend, as such is the case with other traditions like not eating bottom feeders like lobster, shellfish and other types of food. We know how to properly clean and prepare these foods because of the practices we learned over time.
The point here is that germ theory and other aspects of medicine have greatly advanced since we started this practice of circumcision, so why hasn’t circumcision been phased out as well?
The reason why we still perform circumcision is simple-it is still proven as an effective way to reduce your chances of contracting certain STDs.
One study in particular took a look at the rates of HIV contraction among men who were circumcised and those that were not, and the numbers were staggering. Those men who were uncircumcised were twice as likely to contract HIV than those who were.
The reasoning as to why this happens is still not 100% understood however. The major theories as to why men who are uncircumcised are more susceptible to more sexually transmitted diseases than those who are is that the foreskin may just be easier for diseases to penetrate than the skin on the shaft.
Another strong theory is that because the foreskin is prone to tears during sex that these tears make it easier for these diseases to enter the body. The layers of folded skin in this area is a perfect environment for bacteria and fungus to flourish and grow also-another reason to think about circumcision.
Condoms Are More Effective
Unfortunately when it comes to contraceptives, not all penises are made equal. Those men who have extra foreskin on their penis tend to have many more problems related to condom use than those who don’t.
This simply has to do with the design of the condom, and how it is made to snugly fit around the penis. The extra foreskin around the head of the penis makes it not only more difficult to put a condom on, but chances are it is not staying there for long either.
There are some condoms which are specifically designed for those with foreskin, however with that being said the industry in general is tailored to men who are cut. This makes it much more inconvenient for uncut men to find a condom that is designed for them, and they still have to deal with the potential issues of it still not fitting as well as it could.
Reduced Chance of Getting Cancer
Another major benefit circumcised men have over those that aren’t is a reduced risk of multiple forms of cancer. This includes both penile and prostate cancers according to the research. The reasoning as to why this is again is believed to be because of the nature of the foreskin itself.
Due to the folds in the foreskin it is easier for uncircumcised men to get things like inflammation and infections, which can lead to these more serious diseases. Obviously keeping this area sanitary is paramount to avoiding the possible contraction of these diseases.
If you are someone who is uncircumcised, you should take some additional steps to keep this area clean. Taking showers after sex and retracting the foreskin over the head of the penis can help to reduce inflammation and all of the potential problems that come along with it.