Circumcision does not improve hygiene

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Circumcision only legitimate for medical reasons or free will: However, from a doctor's point of view, arguments for better hygiene are not acceptable.

In some religious communities, removing the foreskin at an early age is an expression of faith. According to a recent ruling by the Cologne Regional Court, religiously motivated circumcision of boys is to be regarded as bodily harm and is therefore punishable. In general, removal of the foreskin is associated with a low risk of surgery and good cosmetic results. Potency and sexual excitability remain unaffected.

Nevertheless, as with any other procedure, there are dangers: In rare cases, the operation results in painful wound infections, bleeding afterwards or even urethral injuries. That is why medical professionals advise not only when circumcising for purely religious reasons to rethink this step and only have it done by an experienced urologist.

Before the age of 14, circumcision is not permitted without a medical indication, even after careful consideration. After that, the patient's free will also counts. Urologists even recommend waiting until the age of 18 to decide. Muslim and Jewish parents must now adhere to this time frame. According to the current judgment, free will can be accepted at the earliest in young men from around the age of 14. In this case, the parent's will as the child's presumed will should not count, especially since the practice of religion is not fundamentally hampered by non-circumcision. "From a medical point of view, it is not justified to play down the possible consequences of circumcision," emphasizes Dr. Wolfgang Rulf, urologist and managing director of the medical network Uro GmbH North Rhine. "But that does not mean that there are general objections to religiously motivated circumcision, provided that it is based on free will."

But far away from ritual customs, more and more men are considering circumcision. For a variety of reasons: Some consider a circumcised penis to be more hygienic and believe that this is how to protect itself against sexually transmitted diseases. Others hope that this will help their masculine strength. "In fact, the procedure involves only minor risks, but there is no evidence of a gain in pleasure and the same level of cleanliness can be achieved through daily personal hygiene," explains Dr. Rulf. Contrary to popular belief, the removal of the foreskin, according to studies, does not affect the intensity of the sensation or the duration of the love act. In our culture, urologists therefore usually only perform this procedure if there is a medical indication - for example, if the foreskin is narrowed. In the best sense of the word, the operation here often equates to relief, because it eliminates health effects such as bladder emptying disorders as well as repeated inflammation and urinary tract infections. (pm)

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