Circumcision has been a part of many traditions around the world. Some countries even value this process as something that can affect men's dignity. However, many health practitioners doubt its importance, and see it as a potential cause of serious diseases.
The process of circumcision can result to narrowing of the urethral opening. According to experts, it may lead to meatal stenosis, resulting in difficulties when urinating.
Experts learned that developing this condition is 16-26 times higher in circumcised boys under the age of ten.
Experts based the results on the data gathered from the National Patient Register, the Central Population Register, and the National Health Service Register in Denmark.
The study published in the journal The Surgeon says, there are around 1,000 to 2,000 Danish boys who develop meatal stenosis every year.
This condition can lead to serious infection if left untreated. And the only solution to reverse the effects is to undergo an operation using general anaesthesia.
“Our findings, coupled with clinical evidence that between 5 and 20 per cent of circumcised boys will eventually develop meatus stenosis, document a need for a thorough assessment of the extent of urinary tract problems and other complications after non-therapeutic circumcision of boys,” write the researchers in the article published in The Surgeon.
According to researchers, apparently, not only young boys develop meatal stenosis. A percentage of adult men get this condition several years after being circumcised.
Data gathered in the US, UK, Iran, and Bangladesh, shows 5 to 20 per cent of men who were circumcised developed meatal stenosis after several years.
“Our estimates of the relative risk are indeed very high, but they are in excellent agreement with more than 100 years of clinical knowledge--especially in countries where circumcised boys and men account for a much higher proportion of the male population than in Denmark,” says lead-author Dr Morten Frisch, adjunct professor of sexual health epidemiology at Aalborg University and a consultant and senior investigator at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark, in an interview.