Circumcision has been around for a very long time. The earliest account of circumcision is from Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs in one of the pyramids. Though many believe that it was originally a religious practice amongst Semitic peoples, historical and archaeological evidence shows that circumcision was practiced even before the formal establishment of religions in West Asia.
Nobody knows exactly why circumcision was started. Though there are many cultural and social factors in the practice, the exact cause as to why it is done is not known.
This is uncanny, given the fact that it has been widely practiced for a long time in diverse societies around the world. These societies include modern metropolitan European and American cities to native tribes in Africa and Southeast Asia; groups of people that did not have contact with each other until recent history.
In the cultural domain, the significance of circumcision is mostly symbolic. It is seen as a right of passage and symbolizes cleanliness, which is linked to the other domain of the practice- medicine.
The main health concerned in circumcision revolve around the questioning the necessity of the practice. It tries to answer the question of as to whether or not it is needed, or if it is at least recommendable. The first question is easily answered: A man does not need to be circumcised to live a healthy life. What is more debatable is the question of as to whether or not it is recommendable.
There are certain advantages to circumcision that makes doctors recommend it. This is especially apparent in the United States, Muslim Nations and parts of East and Southeast Asia. On the other hand, circumcision is not patronized in most of Europe and South Africa.
Doctors who recommend circumcision rely on the premise that there are many health benefits that come from the routine surgery. There are risks involved, of course, but they are extremely low.
These risks involve possible infections during the healing period of the penis after its foreskin has been cut. The benefits, on the other hand, include a lesser susceptibility to sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
Statistics show that circumcised men are half as likely to acquire HIV compared to uncircumcised men. This is because the skin of the glans or head of the penis becomes tougher and less permeable to viruses. The foreskin, on the other hand, is filled with cells that are prone to infection.
However, because of the availability of condoms and that it only takes proper hygienic care to clean an uncut penis, circumcision is not really a necessity. Circumcision makes a man less vulnerable to STDs but it doesn’t make him immune.
Circumcision is a choice without absolute merits or detriments. Circumcision as a need cannot be removed from its cultural context. Penis health is depends more on the sexual lifestyle of a man, rather than as to whether or not he has a foreskin.
Whether or not you are circumcised, a penis is still and organ that needs to be taken care of. But more than just take care of it, a penis can be enhanced as well to look better and work better.