Circumcision is a small operation to entirely or partly remove the foreskin from the penis.
After circumcision, the skin of the glans becomes a bit thicker. Sometimes the glans becomes a bit darker in colour.
Reasons for circumcision
Circumcision can be done for several reasons:
- The foreskin is too tight and cannot be pulled back. Urinating, erection or having sexual intercourse are often painful;
- for religious reasons;
- for hygiene;
- in some African countries circumcision is used as protection against HIV. In Europe, circumcision is not recommended as protection against HIV.
Some women are also cut. Because this is harmful to women, it is called female genital mutilation.
Circumcision is a medical procedure. There is a risk of medical problems. For example: bleeding, infections and narrowing of the urethra. Medical organisations in Belgium understand that some parents want to have their son circumcised for religious reasons. They recommend considering the risks to health.