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Circumcision

Male circumcision is the removal of the foreskin from the human penis. In the most common procedure, the foreskin is opened, adhesions are removed, and the foreskin is separated from the glans. After that, a circumcision device may be placed and then the foreskin is cut off. Topical or locally injected anesthesia is used to reduce pain and physiologic stress. For adults and children, general anesthesia is an option and the procedure may be performed without a specialized circumcision device. The procedure is most often an elective surgery performed on babies and children for religious or cultural reasons. In other cases it may be done as a treatment for certain medical conditions or for preventative reasons. Medically it is a treatment option for problematic cases of phimosis, balanoposthitis that does not resolve with other treatments, and chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs).

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The foreskin is a crucial piece to a healthy sex life. The foreskin protects the head of the penis from forming a callous layer of skin. The foreskin keeps the penis head sensitive, so it is more engaged in sexual activities. Religious groups started to circumcise boys to lower the rates of masturbation. However, we should all be masturbating. It's not that hard to clean. You just fold the skin down, and rinse it off with soap.Let your future children decide whether or not they would like to be circumcised.

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