Although medical male circumcision (MMC) is a safe procedure and offers many health benefits for both men and women, there are still a lot of myths surrounding it.
Let’s take a look at the most common myths about medical male circumcision (MMC) and bust them by giving you the facts.
Myth: Medical male circumcision affects a manâ??s ability to make his partner pregnant.
Truth: MMC is a quick and safe surgical procedure that removes the foreskin of the penis, and this doesnâ??t affect a manâ??s fertility at all.
However, factors that do contribute to infertility are more lifestyle and diet related, such as smoking, heavy drinking and an unhealthy diet.
Myth: Medical male circumcision leads to a loss of sexual function.
Truth: In rare cases, MMC can result in a slight loss of sensitivity around the glans (head) of the penis, but it does not affect your ability to perform or enjoy sex.
Myth: Medical male circumcision removes half the skin of the penis.
Truth: The amount of skin removed from the penis differs from man-to-man, but on average less than a quarter of the skin is removed.
Myth: The foreskin contains specialised nerve endings
Truth: There are no such things as â??specialised nerve endingsâ?, because all nerve endings are the same. Therefore, no â??specialised nerve endingsâ? are removed during MMC.
Myth: Medical male circumcision will prevent me from contracting HIV and other STIs.
The biggest benefit of MMC is that is reduces your risk of contracting HIV by up to 60%. However, although it significantly reduces the risk of HIV and other STIs, it doesnâ??t eliminate the risk entirely. This why itâ??s important that you still use a condom every time you have sex, even if you have had a medical male circumcision.
Stay safe and help reduce your risk of contracting HIV by having a medical male circumcision.
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