Today's Question:

 Why do I keep hearing about guys getting circumcised as adults? 
Posted by Dr. Michael J. Hyman on October 6th in Today's Questions Blog Post Image

Adult men get circumcised because it is medically indicated or they choose to have a circumcision as an "elective" procedure because they simply want to. Why would a man choose to be circumcised?  Here are the top reasons the growing number of uncircumcised men that I see in my practice tell me they want to have their foreskin removed:

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1) HYGIENE:

Despite efforts to keep their man area clean, guys often complain that there is smell and sometimes discharge that they and/or their sexual partners find upsetting. For some, it goes beyond discomfort and results in frequent infections. For this reason, some men elect to have their foreskin removed in a simple office procedure.

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2) MALE/FEMALE PARTNER'S SEXUAL PREFERENCE:

Because of hygiene (odor, discharge) or popular culture (films, sexually explicit material), some sexual partners prefer a circumcised penis.  Men born outside the United States who emigrate to this country may find a cultural preference toward the circumcised penis in the U.S. This can result in their desire for an adult circumcision. Just as some women undergo cosmetic breast enlargement for the purpose of feeling more attractive, some men choose to undergo the office procedure of circumcision  for the purposes of increased sexual confidence.

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3) REDUCTION OF CANCER AND STD's:

Circumcised mean have a lower risk of STDs and penile cancer. A pivotal study in the 1990s proved the risk of contracting HIV and AIDS was much lower in circumcised men. Since then, medical research shows LOWER risks of sexually transmissible infections, such as HIV, penile warts (HPV) and gonorrhea in circumcised men.  In countries where men are mostly uncircumcised, penile cancer (an aggressive and often fatal disease) is a real issue. In countries like the United States where circumcision is common, penile cancer is extremely rare.

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4) SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE:

Most boys in the United States are circumcised. For many, there is an embarrassment among their peers if they are uncircumcised.  This obviously varies by region and community.  Nevertheless, given today's focus on penile appearance in popular culture and the power of social media, self-scrutiny of one's genital appearance is increasingly common for both men and women.  A significant number of teenage boys and young men will seek elective circumcisions for social acceptance and self-esteem.

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