Findings from the University of Sydney suggest that around 38% of the male population globally is circumcised. According to the assessment, the prevalence of circumcision varies greatly in western countries and is higher in nations where practicing Muslims or Jews are common.

What is circumcision?

Circumcision is a surgical procedure that removes the foreskin of the penis. The foreskin is a covering over the head of the penis. It’s made up of several layers of skin and mucous membrane. Circumcision is usually performed on boys between the age of eight and twelve days old.

Where did circumcision originate?

Circumcision has been practiced around the world for centuries, with different cultures having their own traditions and reasons for circumcising their male children. Male circumcision dates back to the ancient Egyptians in the 23rd century BC, according to historical documents and archeological evidence, making it the oldest known human surgical treatment.

How long does it take for circumcision to heal?

The penis normally heals within seven to ten days. It may first feel sensitive at the tip and may appear red, swollen, or bruised. The tip of the penis may also have a small amount of yellow fluid. If there is a plastic ring in place of a bandage, it will naturally fall off over the course of roughly a week. Wash the penis with soap and water after taking a typical bath once it has healed.

Many factors can affect how quickly the circumcision heals, including the age of the person who has it done, the type of circumcision, and the health of the person who has it done. If you’re concerned about how long it will take for your circumcision to heal, you should talk to your doctor.

What are the benefits of circumcision?

There are many benefits to circumcision, including:

  • Improved hygiene. Washing the penis is made easy by circumcision. Boys with uncircumcised penises can be trained to cleanse their foreskins frequently, nevertheless.
  • Reduced possibility of urinary tract infections. Males have a minimal chance of developing urinary tract infections, but uncircumcised males are more likely to develop these illnesses. Kidney issues later in life may result from severe infections early in childhood.
  • Lower possibility of contracting STIs. Men who have undergone circumcision may be less likely to contract some STDs, like HIV. Safe sexual behavior is still crucial.
  • Prevention of erectile dysfunction. On occasion, an uncircumcised penis foreskin may be challenging or impossible to retract (phimosis). Foreskin or penis head irritation may result from this.
  • Reduced danger of penile cancer. Although it is uncommon, circumcised males are less likely to develop penis cancer. Additionally, circumcised men’s female partners are less likely to develop cervical cancer.

How common is circumcision in the US?

Circumcision is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States. It is estimated that more than half of all men in the United States have been circumcised. If you are considering circumcision, it is important to talk with your doctor about what is best for you and how to prepare for the procedure.

What countries practice female circumcision?

As of 2021, World Vision reports that female genital mutilation (FGM) still happens in 30 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The removal of the female genitalia in whole or in part for non-medical purposes is known as FGM. It is also known as female circumcision. Between the ages of one and fifteen, girls most frequently undergo the procedure. Here is the list of countries that practice FGM:

  1. Benin
  2. Central African Republic
  3. Maldives
  4. Chad
  5. Gambia
  6. Côte d’Ivoire
  7. United Republic of Tanzania
  8. Liberia
  9. Sudan
  10. Djibouti
  11. Egypt
  12. Ethiopia
  13. Ghana
  14. Burkina Faso
  15. Guinea-Bissau
  16. Iraq
  17. Kenya
  18. Senegal
  19. Mali
  20. Guinea
  21. Mauritania
  22. Niger
  23. Eritrea
  24. Nigeria
  25. Sierra Leone
  26. Togo
  27. Cameroon
  28. Uganda
  29. Somalia
  30. Yemen

Migration has reached record levels over the past ten years, and as a result, the detrimental practice of FGM has spread to nations including Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Japan. 

What is the religious reason for circumcision?

The commandment to circumcise was a covenant between God and Abraham. It was recorded in Genesis 17:10–14 as follows:

“And God spoke to Abraham saying: … This is my covenant which you shall keep between me and you and thy seed after you — every male child among you shall be circumcised.”

Genesis 17:10–14 is the religious reason for circumcision in Judaism.

In Islam, Abraham is considered to be a great prophet. Endorsing circumcision, the Quran Surah an-Nahl 16 123 states:

 “Abraham circumcised himself at the age of eighty, using a hatchet’. God says, ‘then we inspired you: Follow the creed of Abraham.”

Furthermore, circumcision is listed as one of the five rules of Fitrah. These rules are all to do with personal hygiene. The Quran Sahih Bukhari 7 779 states:

‘Five are the acts quite akin to fitrah: Circumcision, shaving the pubic hair, cutting the nails, plucking the hair under the armpits and clipping (or shaving) the mustache.’