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Cut or Uncut

Published:Monday | April 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence

The last thing that a man wants to think about is having any sharp object next to his genitals. However, for many men who were not circumcised at birth, often times, during their adult years becomes inevitable.

Circumcision was initially a religious practise by the Jews - surgically removing the skin covering the tip of the penis shortly after birth. But as times have changed, this has become more widespread and not just a religious ritual.

According to general practitioner Dr Garth Rattray, the reason most adult men decide to get circumcised is because they are unable to pull back their foreskin. If this is difficult, painful or sometimes tears during sexual intercourse it is best to do a circumcision.

Some parents tend to just do a circumcision on their sons shortly after birth as a preventative measure, as well as for hygiene practises. But parents should avoid trying to roll back the foreskin before the age of two, Rattray noted. Doing so, can cause tearing.


When it comes to hygiene, being circumcised does work to a man's advantage, because bacteria will usually build up underneath the pocket at the head of the penis. According to Rattray, there are recent studies that suggest that men who have been circumcised are less likely to get infected with sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This is due to the fact that the head of the penis will become a little harder thus making it more difficult to bruise and become infected.

To clear the air on an issue a large number of men worry about, Rattray told Flair that there is nothing that proves that a circumcised man experiences less pleasure in the bedroom. He notes that the feeling is the same, so men need not fear the possibility of a diminished sex life.

The only thing to worry about is the initial pain after the procedure. Dr Rattray reiterated that unless the man has a medical problem that calls for circumcision, it is not necessary to do so. Once a man pulls back the foreskin and cleans himself properly, he will not have to worry about bacteria build up. Also, if he refrains from promiscuity and practises safe sex, then he will also have nothing to worry about when it comes to STIs.

Cutting it or leaving it uncut is completely based on the individual and recommended to be done only shortly after birth or for medical reasons.