5 Things You Didn't Know About Your Penis (cont.)

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However, most US parents (65% to 70%) still routinely do circumcisions and not for religious reasons. Why? There may be many reasons, including perceived cosmetically reasons, ease of care and because the father is circumcised. However, some recent studies may give some credence to the usefulness of the procedure. For example, recent studies indicated that 95% of young boys that developed urinary tract infections were uncircumcised. Five studies on penile cancer showed only uncircumcised males developed the disease, and several investigations have reported sexually transmitted diseases occurred more often in uncircumcised males.

Circumcised males are in the minority because worldwide, only about 30% of all males are circumcised.

Have most of your questions been answered? If not, see your local doctor or urologist for more details or look at the references listed below.


MedscapeReference.com. Penile Fracture and Trauma.

Weill Cornel Medical College. Penis Size and Penis Enlargement.

Masters and Johnson. Human Sexual Response, Little, Brown, 1966. Wessels, H. Journal of Urology, September 1996; vol 156: pp 996-997. Jamison, P. Journal of Sex Research. 1988; vol 24: pp 177-183.

Faix, A. et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of Sexual Intercourse: Second Experience in Missionary Position and Initial Experience in Posterior Position. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. 2002; vol 28: pp 63-76.

WHO and UNAIDS: Male circumcision: Global trends and determinants of prevalence, safety and acceptability. (42 pp; 191 refs). 2008a. Geneva, World Health Organization.

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