Circumcision is a common enough practice, especially as 77% of all American men have been circumcised. However, for some men, the procedure can lead to other complications, such as erectile dysfunction. While those men have no real choice in the procedure, given that it is usually done at or near birth, there is the potential of the correct medicine correcting the problem.
A Quick History Of Circumcision in America
Originally, circumcision was a relatively rare event. While various religious traditions, most Jewish and Islam, require circumcision, adherents of those faiths were still the minority; even those Christian branches that require the procedure were somewhat rare. This changed around World War II; in the Pacific theater, infection of the foreskin became a major problem due to the combination of humidity and lack of hygiene.
This would become such a problem that General Patton began to encourage adult circumcisions among his soldiers, and it became a mandate as the war progressed, especially when the soldier in question showed any signs of infection.
After the war, there was a major interest in physical health, and part of that was that circumcisions became a major part of that regimen. Parents were encouraged to circumcise their infant boys, and it thus becomes a tradition in some families.
Over the years, there have been numerous studies into the advantages and disadvantages of circumcised vs uncircumcised, with the general conclusion being that there is just enough advantage that the procedure continues to this day. However, it is worth noting that pediatricians continue to debate the advantages, with some doctors advising against it due to the limited advantages.
Why Men Are Circumcised
While there is some debate as to the applicability of circumcision in the modern world, there are minor advantages that make the procedure worth it. The primary advantage is that the amount of bacteria and yeast is decreased, which leads to few urinary tract infections.
There is also a lowered chance of infection later on from improperly cleaning the foreskin. Lastly, there are some studies that show receiving a circumcision decreases the prevalence of some sexually transmitted diseases.
While there is some debate as to the aesthetics of the appearance of the penis, this in and of itself should not be part of the debate. There are some other situational issues that come into the debate, however; for example, some soldiers serving in desert climes have complained about sand, although those who have taken on the procedure complain less than other soldiers.
Also, those living in some underdeveloped parts of the world have been encouraged to accept circumcisions as there is some evidence that the procedure helps decrease the likelihood of sexually transmitted diseases. Overall, these advantages are worth obtaining the procedure while young, even though the actual advantage may be somewhat small.
Why You Should Debate Remaining Uncircumcised
The main part of the debate regarding the procedure is that the doctor is removing perfectly viable flesh for a small overall benefit. The most obvious issue is that circumcision requires a delicate part of the anatomy to be removed; this can bring some degree of pain with it, although that pain is only temporary. There is also the possibility of a complication from the procedure;
however, the odds are practically negligible. Should circumcision lead to a complication, it can lead to any number of problems, ranging from temporary problems to those that require immediate surgery. Fortunately, reports of changed sensitivity are unproven.
The Problem with Erectile Dysfunction
There is also the possibility of erectile dysfunction, Putting it simply, erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve an erection as often as desired or even at all. While the studies attempting to connect circumcision and ED are generally inconclusive, it is known that the circumcised do use ED medications roughly 4.5 times that of the uncircumcised. Currently, the connection between circumcision and erectile dysfunction is unknown, but there is some evidence of a connection.
Curing Erectile Dysfunction
Part of the problem with curing ED is that the problem can be just as psychological as it is physiological. This means that any cure needs to address both the person’s body and mind. The mind is relatively easy; therapy has been proven to be effective when it comes to ED, and there even specialists to deal with the problem. From a therapist’s perspective, the problem is to increase the person’s confidence; most of the problem is that the person lacks confidence in intimate situations and so most of the therapy is skewed in that direction.
While there are other psychological issues involved, working out the therapy is usually the easiest part. However, the therapy is usually only part of the treatment, and may not be completely effective in and of itself.
On the other hand, the physiological issues are harder to deal with as the reasons for ED are still relatively unknown. That is, while we know the various causes of erectile dysfunction, we are not certain how they cause the dysfunction, and that makes treating the problem physically problematic. However, there are a number of different treatments available and it just a matter of finding the best solution.
There are plenty of drugs that have been proven to work, as well as various appliances, meant to increase blood flow and therefore cure the problem. There are other treatments available, such as herbs and massage; it is highly advised that a person looking for a cure do some heavy research into treatments given how many simply do not work.
Ultimately, the decision regarding circumcised vs uncircumcised is a personal one, either by the individual or the parents of the individual. While there are many factors to debate, if erectile dysfunction becomes an issue there are a number of ways of dealing with the problem, ranging from drugs and herbs to medical appliances.
While not every cure has the same efficacy, and research is definitely recommended, it is nonetheless possible to find a solution that works. It is just a matter of finding the solution that works best for you.