From health reasons to religious and ceremonial reasons, male circumcision is done all over the world. But can it affect fertility? We answer that here.
There are a number of factors that impact male fertility. Some men wonder if circumcision has any effect on male fertility. In this article, we'll examine whether circumcision affects fertility.
Circumcision in the US: A Little Background
First, let's talk about the actual circumcision process.
Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis. This procedure is most commonly done when a baby male is born. Adult circumcision is also possible, and rather safe, but the surgery is much more extensive.
Roughly 58% of newborn males in the U.S. are circumcised at birth. That number increases to around 70% when referring to the nation's total number of circumcised males.
Parents typically have a wide variety of reasons for circumcising their children. Some of the most common ones are for religious, societal, sanitary, and health reasons.
Now while all of these are valid reasons, the two most controversial ones are sanitary and health reasons. Let's talk about the health-related reasons for circumcision.
Is Circumcision Better for A Male's Health?
The United States CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states that if done correctly, male circumcision is generally better for one's health. Though this might be true, they also stress that the choice is up to either the parent or the individual. Neither choice is "correct."
Does Circumcision Affect Male Fertility?
Have you ever considered whether an uncut penis has a lower fertility rate than its cut counterpart? With the reduction of circumcisions happening in the U.S. within these past few years, people are asking this more often.
The question is completely valid though. Why is that?
Well, two main conditions can affect male fertility. The important thing to note here is that both of these conditions are indirect causes of infertility.
Phimosis is a medical condition found in people with uncircumcised penises, in which the foreskin is unable to be pulled back from the tip of the penis. Phimosis is most common in infants and toddlers who were not circumcised at birth. It usually fixes itself before the child reaches age 5.
Phimosis occurs naturally in young kids with uncircumcised penises, but it can also arise due to trauma done to the penis such as scarring. The foreskin should be able to be pulled back by the time an uncircumcised person reaches adulthood.
Treatments for this condition include gently pulling back the skin every day and waiting for the skin to loosen up. Phimosis is associated with a tight foreskin. Of course, it's best to seek the help of a doctor when approaching treatment.
This condition could potentially cause fertility issues because of the pain that comes with trying to pull the foreskin back. This is an indirect cause of infertility in males.
Balanitis is an infection on the tip of the penis that causes swelling. It's found in about 1 out of 20 men in the U.S. and isn't too serious. The most common cause of balanitis is bacteria building up on the foreskin due to unsanitary habits. In line with that, prevention comes in the form of thoroughly cleaning the penis and foreskin.
Balanitis can occur alongside phimosis, causing extreme discomfort in the penis when having sexual intercourse. Phimosis can even cause balanitis, since phimosis makes it difficult to pull the foreskin back to be cleaned properly. So much like phimosis, balanitis can be an indirect cause of infertility in men.
Other than these two medical conditions, there is no strong link between circumcision and infertility. If you are experiencing problems with infertility, it is best to approach a medical professional with any concerns you might have.
Checking for Infertility
Now listen, cut or uncut, infertility doesn't discriminate. In fact, over the last 40 years, 50% of the amount of sperm count has declined.
That's why it's so important to test for your fertility. With Dadi Kit, you'll get a discreetly packaged box sent to your location with an at-home fertility kit. You simply send us a sample of your sperm by using the instructions, and our lab technicians will test your fertility.
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