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Why Do Adult Men Choose to Get Circumcised?

There are a variety of reasons why adult men choose to get circumcised. These range from personal preference to physical comfort to religious obligation. Dr. Hyman is an accomplished urologist who specializes in circumcision procedures. He is here to help you with any questions in English & Spanish. Whatever your reason, Dr. Hyman and his team will provide all the information you need to be comfortable with your decision.

Medical Reasons

Decreased Risk of STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

Circumcision is known to reduce the risk of STD’s such as HIV, Syphilis, and chancroid. Studies have shown that foreskin is more susceptible to infection than other penile tissue and has a greater susceptibility to epithelial disruption during sexual intercourse; therefore, providing an easier portal of entry for STD's (Szabo, 2000). Visit www.cdc.gov for more information.. Although circumcision may decrease the risk of spreading STDs, men should always wear condoms for protection during sexual activity.

Risk of Contracting HIV, Syphilis, & Chancroid


Decreased Risk of
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

A urinary tract infection is an uncomfortable medical condition that can cause abdominal tenderness, burning when urinating, and perineal pain. A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal revealed that circumcision significantly reduces the risk of UTI by 88% (Dubrovsky et al., 2012). This is because an uncircumcised penis is more likely to have bacteria build up under the foreskin and enter the urinary tract. Proper hygiene is important in order to reduce your risk of a urinary tract infection.

Decreased Risk of
Penile Cancer

Penile cancer is a rare form of cancer that most likely originates at the tip of the penis or on the foreskin. The American Urological Association states that circumcision is, "associated with a decreased incidence of a cancer of the penis" (Circumcision, 2012). Additionally, decreasing your risk of penile cancer can be done by avoiding HPV, HIV, not smoking, and keeping good genital hygiene. Men with a family history of penile cancer are encouraged to have a circumcision as a preventative measure.

Prevention of

Balanitis is an inflammation of the glans penis (head of the penis). Balanoposthitis is inflammation of both the glans penis and the foreskin. This inflammation can be caused by a bacterial infection. There is an increase risk in people who have diabetes or preexisting inflammation from an allergy or irritant such as certain soaps/detergents. Balanitis or balanoposthitis can cause pain when urinating and a discharge from the urethra. If you have recurring balanitis or balanoposthitis, a circumcision may be recommended as a treatment option.


Prevention of

Paraphimosis occurs when the retracted foreskin cannot be returned to its normal anatomical position. This condition can cause swelling of the penis and may result in amputation of the glans penis (head of the penis). Phimosis is the inability to retract the foreskin. This can cause pain when urinating and difficulty when performing sexual functions.


Personal Reasons


Circumcisions are common within the Jewish and Islamic faith communities. The brit milah is a Jewish religious ceremony where a circumcision is performed by a mohel. Many adult men who are converting to Judaism choose to have a circumcision. Dr. Hyman works with an ordained mohel for these specific procedures.

All religious rituals can be accommodated according to your religious preferences and needs.


Patients from varied backgrounds choose circumcision for cultural, social, or cosmetic reasons. Some undergo the procedure for increased sensation or sexual reasons. Others simply prefer the look of a circumcised penis. In the initial consultation, Dr. Hyman will discuss with you your desire for a circumcision, provide guidance and answer all questions and concerns.

He responds to all inquiries within 24 hours and can also schedule a video conference. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.


Szabo R, Short RV. How does male circumcision protect against HIV infection? BMJ. 2000 Jun 10;320(7249):1592-4.

Dubrovsky, Alexander Sasha, et al. "Visibility of the urethral meatus and risk of urinary tract infections in uncircumcised boys." Canadian Medical Association Journal 184.15 (2012): E796-E803.

"Circumcision." American Urological Association. N.p., May 2012. Web.

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  • "I was very nervous about getting a circumcision and Dr. Hyman guided me through the entire process in a professional and productive manner. He explained the procedure perfectly and made me feel calm throughout the process. When I asked questions, he was patient and thoughtful. As a surgeon, he was also terrific. I did not feel any pain (“just a pinch and a burn”) and was able to leave right after the procedure. An event that I was dreading is something that could not have gone any better thanks to Dr. Hyman. I enthusiastically recommend him to anyone."

    Kyle T.| Van Nuys, CA
  • "Dr. Hyman is extremely knowledgeable, patient and has excellent bedside manner. When I needed a circumcision, he was very patient and took time to answer all my questions spelling everything out—ultimately the procedure was totally smooth and I am fully recovered. My calls were promptly returned. He also called to follow up on me. Highly recommend this doctor!"

    Isaac M.| Burbank, CA
  • "I found Dr. Hyman through my friend who had a circumcision done by him. I wanted it for religious regions. With a mohel, Dr. Hyman made sure the procedure was done according to Jewish law. I felt no pain and the incision healed well. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Hyman to any man who is doing this for brit or religious reasons."

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