-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends ff8c072dd79a91c1300f032d674241a8d64367100ffb1f25fa3f9bec4a05319f
Kidzworld Logo

Boyz In Da Hood - The 411 on Circumcision

Foreskin on or foreskin off? Why are some guys hooded while others aren't? Is one way healthier than the other? Here's the skinny on why some boys are circumcised while others aren't.

What Is Circumcision?
Boys are born with a hood of skin, called the foreskin, which covers the head of the penis. When a boy is circumcised, this piece of skin is surgically removed, so the end of the penis is uncovered. A circumcision is usually performed during the first 10 days of a boy's life, either in the hospital or at home, if the circumcision is being performed as as part of a religious ritual.

The Procedure
As you can probably guess, circumcision isn't exactly an enjoyable experience - not like playing video games or taking a day off school. The baby boy is placed in a padded chair by the doctor and an anesthetic is put on the penis to minimize the pain. The doctor then slits the foreskin and inserts a device under the foreskin to hold it away from, and protect the head of the penis. The doctor then quickly cuts the foreskin (ouch!) and covers the cut with an ointment to prevent infection.

So Why Cause Boys Pain?
Circumcision certainly is painful, but boys around the world have been circumcised for thousands of years for various religious and cultural reasons. Some people think removing the foreskin from a boy's penis is healthier than leaving the foreskin attached. While it is easier to keep a circumcised penis clean, a boy with a hood can easily keep his penis clean and maintain penile hygiene by lifting the skin and washing the head of the penis. In most cases, a penis is no healthier with the foreskin than without the foreskin.

Circumcision is much more common in the North America and the Middle East than it is in Asia, Central America, South America and most of Europe.

Did You Know...?

  • In some cultures, boys aren't circumcised until they are teenagers and are not given any anesthetic.
  • A piece of foreskin has more than three millon cells and 50 nerve endings.
  • In the 1800s, many people believed circumcision to be a cure for alcoholism, blindness and other ailments.

    Related Stories:

  • Battling Blackheads and Acne
  • I'm Starting to Grow Facial Hair
  • Why Is My Voice Squeaking?
  • More Health and Body Facts!
  • 27 Comments

    Related Stories

    F1033059388937

    Percent of US Babies Who are Circumcised?

    • 33%
    • 50%
    • 66%
    • 90%

    Dear Dish-It In The Forums

    Abbergrl
    Abbergrl posted in Family Issues:
    My mom can be that way too. There's nothing like that, you're exagerating, you dont even know what you're talking about. When all tthaat time I was going through it. She didn't have a clue honestly.
    reply about 14 hours
    StarrChild
    Two years ago my parents broke up. I was never really the same after that point. My mother she began to just not care about anything. She would go out clubbing every Friday and would yell at me for my attitude towards it. Why would I be okay with her doing that??? I didn't really realise it but I began feeling kind of depressed. Of course we didn't fight all the time but when we did I would always end up crying alone in my room. And it would be really painful. One time I cried every night for a week because of her. A week ago, I felt really sick at school so I went to the sick bay but my Mum refused to believe I was sick. She thought I was lying and being over dramatic as usual. I felt really horrible after that, that the teacher sent me to the guidance councellor and almost immediately I burst into tears. I didn't even know why I did but the councellor did a little test on me and came to the conclusion I was slightly depressed and had anxiety. It wasn't really surprising but hearing it out loud just felt really weird. Even after knowing that fact my mother doesn't really act any different. She's not a bad person I swear but she can just be really horrible at times. Anyways, that's technically whats been happening in my life lol. Nothing really interesting
    reply about 15 hours
    Froggers
    theres this guy that i really REALLY like, im not sure if he likes me back. i put my mobile # on a piece of paper and slipped it in his locker, he hasn't texted or called me yet. Today at lunch i asked his friend to ask if he likes anyone but his friend keeps lying to me and won't tell me if he said anything. The guy and I were best friends in 5th grade but now that we're in different classes we don't talk much anymore. My friends said that i have a chance with him and that we have a lot in common, but im pretty sure he likes this other girl but im also pretty sure he likes me. I want to make a move but i don't wanna end our friendship i don't know what to do.
    reply about 23 hours
    LUCYQWERTY123
    LUCYQWERTY123 posted in Friends:
    it can be anyone u want but it should be someone who has the true friendship qualities and trust-worhtiness :) :)
    reply 1 day
    drowning
    drowning posted in Friends:
    It's good to have both to talk too about things. But, what's the point of being with someone if you can't trust them enough to even tell them things?
    reply 1 day