I know I am only 14, but I am educated and I know there are health benefits fm to circumcision. Before you say anything, no, I am not a part of any religion. I just talked with my mom about this, she is a doctor and got her medical doctorate from Old Dominion University in Virginia. Her health benefits to circumcision are the following:• decreased risk of infection• decreased risk of cancer - yes, the foreskin can get cancer• increased sensitivityThe only negative effect of circumcision is the inability to produce smegma, a liquid secreted by the foreskin that contains natural antibodies.
@Liam_S I'm quite familiar with ODU (hint: see my user name), so let's delve into your points in order.1. Decreased risk of infection - Of what? Of STD's? That can be abated by the use of condoms.2. Decreased risk of cancer - Well, the American Cancer Society says that the studies may have not taken other factors into consideration.www.cancer.org/.../penile-cancer-prevention3. Increased sensitivity - Neither you nor your mother have foreskins, so I'm afraid you'll have to defer to someone who has a foreskin to tell you that it is sensitive (between 10,000 and 20,000 nerve endings) so removal of those nerve endings INCREASES sensitivity? Really? Since you are 14, I'll spare you the details, but I've had partners do things with my foreskin which were highly stimulating, so I think we can call this point of yours an uninformed opinion. And the ACS actually contradicted your claim about smegma, in that it seems that its accumulation seems to be a cancer risk factor.
Well, I have to agree that infection of STDs can be easily avoided by the use of condoms, but the foreskin can get penile cancer itself, so it does slightly increase the risk of cancer in that way. I will have to take your word for the sensetivity because, as you said, I have no way of experiencing feeling in a foreskin. But your comment on smegma is only partially true. I understand that the accumulation of smegma can be a risk factor for cancer, but that is where simple hygiene comes into play as well as the fact that it does include natural antibodies, none of which I will claim can prevent cancer.
"But your comment on smegma is only partially true." That was the ACS position. Also, do you not realize that your smegma argument actually contradicts itself in 2 ways? It's either healthier for you ("contains natural antibodies") or you have to keep it cleaned off ("that is where simple hygiene comes into play"). Well, which is it? And now you're claiming you don't even know if it can prevent cancer? Really? Why even bring it up if doesn't support your claim? If we're going to start lopping off body parts based on the potential for cancer, no matter how insignificant, there are many other parts we'll need to worry about than foreskins. See, I still have to option of keeping mine or getting rid of it. It's my choice. But most of the arguments I see from the pro-circumcision side seem to be just trying to justify a decision that wasn't really theirs to make.
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its so funny how easy it is to start fights with the uncut dicks on gag lol
>>-Certainly looks better than non-circumcised.This claim is highly questionable. I think it just looks like the foreskin was chopped off with a knife. Wouldn't call it "better".
omg, yeah thank god your dick wasn't cut off!
That's why you can pull it back lol
What health benefits?
@VirginiaBeachBum • decreased risk of infection• decreased risk of cancer• increased sensitivityThe only negative to being circumcised is the fact that you can no longer produce smegma, a liquid secreted by the foreskin containing natural antibodies.
Too bad your parents didn't wait to get your consent to have it done. :-(
What was their reason for doing it, and how old were you? I'm presuming you had it done as a newborn.
@VirginiaBeachBum Yes, as a newborn. They're catholic and they thought they should have it done. I don't think they thought it through. They were 20 and in college when they got pregnant. My mom's parents probably told her to do it. They have a lot of opinions.
So what's your opinion about all of the alleged health benefits to circumcision?
@VirginiaBeachBum What I read tells me it's an out dated issue. As long as you clean everyday, and especially clean up after sex (which I do... I don't like my dick feeling sticky) you're fine... I think. I'm not sure I know everything from a medical perspective. I just know what I read and what other guys tell me. Uncut guys say it's very sensitive. It's a mute point anyway. I looked at some articles about stretching skin to recreate the foreskin. But all indicators are that it doesn't really work well. And, it can make the dick appear smaller. Since I'm only average size, I don't need to look any smaller.