Reasons for circumcision
Circumcision can be done for several reasons:
- The foreskin is too tight and cannot be pulled back. Urinating, an erection or having sexual intercourse are often painful;
- for religious reasons;
- for hygiene;
- in some African countries circumcison is used as a means of protecting against HIV. In Europe circumcision is not recommended as protection against HIV.
Some women are cut. Because this is harmful to women, it is called female genital mutilation.