Circumcision: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Circumcision is a practice that is seen everywhere in the world. Although being somewhat common, there are still many things about it that many people do not know, and here are some of them. Stay tuned for the second part of the article, which is coming soon!

Number Fifteen: It Was Thought to Cure Paralysis

When science was in its earlier stages, some things were done because they were believed to be cures or treatments for other problems which we now know to be unrelated. In the 1800s, doctors began to perform circumcision based on the premise that it could cure paralysis. The only solidarity this claim has is that it once happened to help a young boy with his paralysis, but it was probably just a coincidence or anomaly.

Number Fourteen: Foreskin Is Not Just Skin

The foreskin does more than just cover the tip of the penis. When circumcision is done, one cuts off a mucous membrane and immunity cells.

Number Thirteen: It’s Not Safe

While circumcision is becoming more popular around the world, it isn’t necessarily safe or recommended. It can lead to infection and hemorrhage down the road.

Number Twelve: The First Circumcision Happened in Egypt

When the first circumcision was completed, it wasn’t where one might think. It first happened in Ancient Egypt and was done as a coming-of-age ritual instead of something which occurred shortly after birth.

Number Eleven: It Has Ties to HIV

One of the reasons why some people feel that circumcision is a good thing is that it supposedly reduces the risk of contracting HIV. The reduction: 60%. Having said this, it does not protect females in male to female sexual intercourse.

Number Ten: No to Masturbation

While many circumcisions are done when someone is an infant, people also choose to do it later in life as well. When they do, it’s important to know that one should refrain from masturbating for six weeks.

Number Nine: There Are No Benefits of Female Circumcision

While there is at least one benefit to circumcision for males, there are none for females. Although this procedure is a lot rarer than the former, it is still important to point out that there are no benefits to it.