Snip snip. Photo by Phalinn Ooi. Thanks to my hippie parents, I was never circumcisedeven though I grew up in the Midwest, where circumcision is the de facto norm.
Back to Health A to Z. The foreskin is the retractable fold of skin that covers the end of the penis. It's a continuation of the skin that covers the whole penis.
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This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. More men are being circumcised at a Toronto-based specialty clinic for reasons that include religious identification, improved hygiene, sexual performance and esthetics. When the clinic started offering the service two-and-a-half years ago, one circumcision a month was performed. Now the clinic is slicing about five foreskins a month.
Circumcision is the surgical removal of foreskin. Foreskin covers the head of a flaccid penis. When the penis is erect, the foreskin pulls back to reveal the penis.
JOHN R. Adult circumcision can be performed under local or regional anesthesia. Medical indications for this procedure include phimosis, paraphimosis, recurrent balanitis and posthitis inflammation of the prepuce.
WebMD -- Adult circumcision is not uncommon, though it's also not something a doctor will advise unless a man is experiencing certain health problems, such as balanoposthitis, inflammation of the head of the penis and overlying foreskin, or phimosis, difficulty retracting the foreskin. Both problems are seen more commonly in diabetics, but can occur in any uncircumcised man. They are caused by chronic irritation and scarring and can usually be prevented with careful cleaning beneath the foreskin. As a first measure, a urologist will likely prescribe an anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory ointment, which may help clear up the problem -- there is often an associated yeast infection, which thrives in the warm, moist environment created beneath the foreskin.
Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin from the human penis. 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.