Circumcision in men and boys has traditionally occurred in different cultures, but circumcision is mainly known from the Jewish tradition of the Brit milah. Also in Western European culture, circumcision is often chosen for medical, aesthetic or sexual reasons.
There are several reasons for circumcision, whatever the reason, there is plenty of scientific research to show that there are medical and preventive benefits.
Medical reasons >50%
A narrowing of the foreskin, such that you can no longer slide the foreskin over the glans. Phimosis can be congenital or result from repeated infections of the foreskin. Sometimes the doctor can apply a foreskin plastic surgery, in which the foreskin is widened.
The foreskin has retracted and can no longer be pushed over the glans. Paraphimosis is usually caused by inflammation of the foreskin. Sometimes the doctor can apply a foreskin plastic surgery, in which the foreskin is widened.
Recurrent inflammations of the glans and foreskin.
Religious-cultural / medical preventive reasons
Muslims and Jews in particular have their sons circumcised for religious or cultural reasons.
Hygienic / medical preventive reasons
A circumcised penis produces little or no smegma and is therefore much easier to keep clean.
Aesthetic reasons <5%
Some men, but also women, find a circumcised penis simply more beautiful. For men who opt for circumcision for this reason, hygiene and/or sexual reasons also often play a role. Hygiene A circumcised penis produces little or no smegma and is therefore much easier to keep clean.
Although studies claim that a shorter foreskin has no effect on sexual experience, most men who experience it say that their glans has become significantly less sensitive. That can have benefits in sex life.
Early seed discharges
Circumcision is no guarantee, but a less sensitive glans sometimes helps to solve this problem.
A less sensitive penis often allows sexual experience for a longer period of time.
Too long foreskin
A foreskin that is too long can be the reason that the glans is not stimulated enough during sexual intercourse.