Circumcision: 7 things you didn’t know about it – but should
All you need to know on the age-old (and still totally controversial) medical practice
We all know the basics of circumcision: it’s the surgical removal of a man’s foreskin (duh). But that’s where the conversation usually stops – and where our knowledge on the subject generally ends.
The ancient practice is a common rite of passage among indigenous tribes, but even men in Western societies are undergoing the painful procedure. Why? Well for a variety of reasons apparently – religion, health and even class supposedly plays a role.
How many men are circumcised? What are the pros and cons? Does it improve sex? Is it emotionally scarring? There are so many unanswered questions that us women (and quite a lot of men) need to know before making our minds up about the procedure.
Not to worry – we’ve got ALL the facts. Here are seven things that you probably didn’t know about circumcision…
How many men are circumcised?
Sex and the Citywould have us believe that the vast majority of men are foreskin-free, confusing women everywhere who have yet to see a circumcised penis, but just 15% of men in the UK have been through the procedure, a fraction compared to the U.S where well over half of the male population have survived the experience.
What does the circumcision procedure involve?
If you’re squeamish – you might want to skip to the next question. The procedure is actually pretty simple and thankfully anaesthetics and numbing agents play a vital role. Infant circumcisions involve a clamp being applied to the penis, cutting a ring of skin from the foreskin, whereas adults must undergo a 30-minute procedure, slicing the tip, cutting the foreskin off and then stitching the remaining skin around the glans. Ouch. We did warn you.
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