I’m not going to write about the advantages of circumcision partly because once someone raise the issue of circumcision all you hear it’s good good good and all advantages of circumcision, but again one has to ask about the disadvantages? Surely there must be some disadvantages. Why is South African government preaching circumcision at the first place ? does it really reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS ? or they feel the pressure to counter the number of boys who die in the mountains on botched circumcision during the winter months?
After a rigorous circumcision campaign by the government, I seriously considered circumcising too. I remember having a serious conversation with friends who were already circumcised about the pros and cons. My argument was around the foreskin being there for a reason and that its removal must have a negative effect especially when it comes to having sex. I also compared circumcision with the female removal of the clitoris. Well as the debate raged on, no one really gave me a conclusive answer that circumcising reduces the spread of HIV/AIDS or cancer of the penis or any other advantage that is. Instead everyone kept on saying the doctors can’t be wrong, others said it’s our culture and people have been circumcising for centuries. Others cited hygiene reasons.
Doing a series of research on this subject I discovered these disadvantages with circumcision:
- Reduced sensitivity – an uncircumcised penis is more sensitive than a circumcised penis, meaning that circumcised men may experience less pleasure during sex.
- Potential complications of circumcision – these include excessive bleeding, post-operative infection and, in rare cases, injury to the urethra. These complications are thought to outweigh any potential benefits.
- Increased risk of meatitis – inflammation of the opening of the penis.
More on some of the myths and facts can be found here : http://www.intactamerica.org/learnmore
My point really is why aren’t we told of the disadvantages really ? Once one remove his foreskin, they cannot replace it which means that they are screwed for life. So surely one deserves a clear explanation before the surgery. One more question that I have is why people themselves don’t want to question circumcision? The fact that it’s been done for centuries does not make it right.
I understand one has a choice to choose whether they want to be circumcised or not ( I must also point out that some don’t have that choice but are pressured) BUT we should be given more information so that we can make informed decisions.