Medical reasons : A guide to Circumcision
There are two reasons for having circumcision: it is part of your religion or there is an ‘indication’for treatment. Indication for treatment means that there is a medical need which requires treatment.
This can be separated into two:
- Absolute indication: this means that there is a mandatory requirement for treatment, e.g. antibiotics for a bacterial infection.
- Relative indication: there is likely to be a benefit from the treatment in certain circumstances.
How does this relate to circumcision?
There are diseases which are classed as a relative indication for circumcision but only one which is an absolute indication for circumcision.
The diseases which could be treated by circumcision are:
The only disease which has to be treated with circumcision is balanitis xerotica obliterans.
These are all discussed further within this section of the guide.
Guide to Circumcision
- Circumcision Intro
- The Foreskin
- About circumcision
- Brief history of circumcision
- How common is circumcision?
- Circumcision and boys
- Circumcision and men
- Why circumcision?
- Medical reasons
- Frenulum breve
- Balanitis xerotica obliterans
- Cultural/religious reasons
- Preventative reasons
- Circumcise or not to circumcise?
- Female circumcision
- Circumcision myths
- Circumcision surgery
- Preparing for surgery
- On the day of surgery
- After surgery
- Risks and complications
- Alternatives to circumcision
- Foreskin restoration
- Circumcision FAQs