Circumcision, simply defined as a medical procedure, which involves the removal of the foreskin from the tip of the penis. Although this is not a necessary procedure, if done correctly, it can bring many health benefits, such as reducing the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, reducing the chance of urinary tract infections, and improving overall hygiene. However, in the context of being closely related to specific religions such as Judaism and Islam, and sometimes even to Christianity, the term (Circumcision) is often misunderstood.
Circumcision Vs Uncircumcision in Religions
In Islam, the practice of circumcision is called Khitan and was advised by the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) whereas in Judaism, circumcision referred to as Brit Milah and is a compulsory procedure. Being uncircumcised by a Jew is almost a blasphemy of their religion. Interestingly, we can study how to use circumcision as a subject to study the climax of science and religion in this practice, the obvious medical connotation brings obvious medical benefits to this practice. This may lead to a theory that Abraham’s religion is not only orthodox but also based on certain logic and scientific practice. Then perhaps the practice can also be regarded as having no religious beliefs because it is a program that is beneficial to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and many of the diseases mentioned above. However, as suggested by religious practitioners, circumcision is not necessary at birth or even a few years later, because all the health benefits it brings occur after puberty. Based on this information, perhaps the best way to do this may be to wait until the child is old enough to weigh the pros and cons of the procedure, and then decide for himself whether this is the operation he wants to perform. Concluded that circumcision can bring certain health benefits, but it may be incorrect to follow circumcision for religious reasons without the consent of the child. Female circumcision also cuts off some external female genitalia (Not a part of Religious Circumcision).
Circumcision Procedure (How to Perform Circumcision?)
Circumcision is usually performed by a pediatrician, obstetrician, family medicine doctor, surgeon, or urologist. For religious reasons, circumcision is sometimes performed by someone else trained in the program. In neonatal circumcision, your son secures his arms and legs to his back. Anesthetics are given by injection or cream to numb the penis.
There are several techniques for performing circumcision. The choice of which technology to use depends on the doctor’s preferences and experience. Circumcision can be done by three main methods Plastibell devices, Gomco forceps, and Mogen clamps. When the doctor cuts the foreskin, each cut through the circulation of the foreskin to prevent bleeding. This process takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes.
Follow Up and Recover
- After surgery (Circumcision), your baby may be very picky.
- The doctor or nurse will provide instructions on how to relieve any discomfort.
- It takes 7 to 8 days for neonatal healing.
- A few days after the circumcision operation, the penis is slightly red or bruised.
- You can clean the penis and change the dressing every time you change the diaper.
- Keep the diaper slightly loose to help the tip of the glans.
Call your child’s doctor if your child has any of the following conditions after Circumcision:
- Continuous bleeding
- Increased pain (children)
- Continue to be irritable (in the baby)
- Dying dysuria (Addison’s disease)
- Stinky drainage
- Plastic ring that will not fall off after two weeks
- Increased redness or swelling.
The Benefits of Circumcision
- Make it easy to maintain good genital hygiene.
- Reduce the risk of urinary tract infections in infancy.
- Prevention of balanitis, glans dermatitis, foreskin, and phimosis.
- Reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV transmission from women to men.
- Although this cancer is rare because it does not seem to be related to circumcision, it may reduce the risk of penile cancer.
- Reduce the risk of cervical cancer and female partner infection.
Shortcomings of Circumcision
- May be considered disfigured by some people.
- Although it is safe and effective to use drugs to relieve pain, it may cause pain.
- Almost no immediate health benefits.
- It may cause rare complications, including too long or too short a foreskin incision, poor healing, bleeding, or infection.