Circumcision –Yes or no?

Just now i was reading an article on Reuters site which stated that — Infections of the kidney, bladder and urethra happen in uncircumcised baby boys at ten times the rate of circumcised boys, and over a lifetime uncircumcised men are four times more likely to experience one, according to a new analysis of past research.

You can read this article by clicking on this link – Uncircumcised boys and men may face more UTIs.

There are a lot of studies which indicate that circumcision leads to decreased risk of HIV infection in case of accidental contact with an infected partner.

There are some issues about this procedure in India. Parents have a lot of misconceptions about this procedure. It is generally thought that it is done in Muslims just because of it has been prescribed by that religion. Hardly other communities come forward and opt for this procedure unless their kid gets into some problem of phimosis or urinary retention or some acute pain etc.

Another problem i have heard is that all sorts of unqualified persons like barbers and hair-dressers proclaim proudly that they specialise in doing this procedure on the new born. Only a qualified medical personnel who is also trained in surgery is competent to undertake such procedure. Otherwise if quacks and barbers are doing it, it is bound to lead to various infections and it is quite risky.

I know many parents have to take their little ones (sons) to hospital emergencies when they fail to pass urine. In majority of cases, doctors diagnose the condition as Phimosis and then they advise them to undergo circumcision.

Look at the Indian scenario where formal sex education is almost absent. The concept of personal cleanliness including genitals is never talked about. It is a considered almost a taboo to tell their sons to daily clean their genitals while taking bath — just to retract the foreskin as far as possible comfortably and remove the smegma layer gently. I dont know how many Indians have ever talked with their sons on the issue.

In the reuters article you will find that they have said that ultimately it is the willingness of the teenage boy to go for it or not.

I feel we should develop this good habit of taking our young ones for routine general check up to a paediatrician at regular intervals. We need to discuss all such issues with him. Specifically, if he finds some problem with the tight foreskin, he may advise circumcision for this problem. We must follow what a qualified medical personnel is suggesting. That’s definitely a medical indication for circumcision. Even otherwise ……………….choice is yours if the kid is small and later on his own! But getting the procedure done from a qualified person is extremely important. Please take care!


About drparveenchopra

Dr Parveen Chopra is Masters in Dental Surgery.. with 35 years of experience in dentistry. For trying his hand in health writing, he studied Communication for seven years. He is a blogger since 2007- he enjoys writing in conversational style.
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