Circumcision: Top 8 Most Common Misconceptions

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Circumcision is something that we consider very normal in our American culture. Although we may consider ourselves familiar with the concept of this practice, there’s still a lot we don’t know about it, and quite a bit of misinformation on the topic. You would be surprised at how wrong some of the information you assume to be true actually is. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about it.

Number Eight: Circumcision Protects Against Medical Issues

There are NO proven medical benefits to circumcision, although many people believe there are. The procedure is purely cosmetic.

Number Seven: Having an Intact Male Baby Means More Cleaning

This is another myth. When a baby boy is born and is not circumsized, the foreskin is fused to the head of the penis, and is not wide enough yet to collect harmful bacteria. Once he grows up and this changes, washing it is quick and simple.

Number Six: If You Don’t Circumcise Your Son, He’ll be Ridiculed

Contrary to what people think, 85% of the world does not partake in this practice. Also, the frequency of this operation is falling year by year, meaning that your son wouldn’t be the only one in the locker room who is uncircumcised.

Number Five: Foreskin Serves No Purpose

Many people think that this part of the penis is unnecessary, so keeping it intact is pointless. This could not be more wrong. The foreskin is there for a reason, and it’s to protect the head of the penis. It also increases pleasure for the male, and removing it gets rid of 20,000 nerve endings.

Number Four: It’s a Quick and Painless Procedure

There is nothing painless about this procedure, which involves strapping the newborn infant down to a table and unfusing the skin from the head of his penis, and then slicing it off. The head of the baby’s penis is left raw and bloody and is a very painful and traumatic experience.

Number Three: The Medical Industry Doesn’t Benefit from Circumcision

A lot of people don’t realize that this is an extremely profitable industry, making $400 billion every year, which explains why it still happens even without proven benefits to the child. Doctors sell the foreskins to medical research agencies and they are quite expensive.

Number Two: Uncircumcised Babies Might Have to Get the Procedure Later

This is a rumor that’s passed around from person to person and has no basis in reality whatsoever. A few men may choose to have the procedure done later in life for cosmetic reasons, but the case of a boy needing it done for medical reasons is extremely rare and would only happen in cases of frost bite, gangrene, or other conditions highly unlikely to reach the foreskin.

Number One: Male Circumcision is not as Bad as Female

This is false. Male circumcision is equally damaging as female genital mutilation, which many people find horrific. We hope that this article was informative and helped teach you something. Thanks for reading.

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