June 1, 2020

What Was the Original Reason for Circumcision?

Circumcision has its roots embedded in various ethnic groups in sub-equatorial Africa. It is a ritual that was used to symbolize the transition of adolescent boys into adulthood. In such places, it was often seen as a ritual of coming of age. Once circumcised, one was perceived as an adult and had the liberty of undertaking adult responsibility such as going to wars, participating in serious community discussions, and getting married.

In Judaism, however, the act of removing the foreskin dates back to the time of Abraham. It was a tradition that was observed on the eighth day after birth for all male children. Its religious connotation was that it was a sign of the covenant that God made with Abraham that he would make him prosperous and that his descendants will be as many as the sand on the shores or the stars in the sky.

Over the years, for many reasons circumcision is no longer performed for religious or cultural purposes alone. Following the outbreak of HIV/AIDS, it was postulated that circumcision could help reduce the spread of the virus, and for years, communities that were hardest hit by the diseases in Africa were encouraged to go for circumcision as a means of reducing the spread of the virus. However, with better insights and a lot of scientific research, there is no solid evidence to support the claim that being circumcised can help reduce the risks of getting HIV/AIDS.

Despite the back and forth that goes on regarding both child and adult circumcision, the following benefits of the practice cannot be denied:

Improved hygiene – the foreskin usually harbors a lot of germs and bacteria, and truth be told, not every uncircumcised male pulls back the foreskin to wash it every time they are taking a bath. With the accumulation of germs in the foreskin, there is an invitation to a wide range of health problems, including increasing their susceptibility to penile cancer.

Reduces the development of urinary tract infections – this is especially true among young boys when they are born. If you have a newborn baby boy, consider visiting a circumcision clinic in Montreal for improved health.

The other good reasons why you should consider circumcision in Quebec include increased sensitivity which may lead to more pleasurable sex.

If you are considering going under the knife, you should remember that this is a medical procedure that should be done by a qualified medical practitioner.