Circumcision is often carried out for reasons other than a medical need. Circumcisions have been carried out for thousands of years and are done for strong religious reasons (in Islam and Judaism) as well as for cultural reasons. Although it has been done for thousands of years, circumcision as a procedure needs to be respected and carried out in the safest possible way, minimising risks to the child.
Phimosis is described as difficulty in pulling back the foreskin covering the head of the penis. This may not cause a problem in itself. However, when the phimosis is associated with infection, symptoms start to occur.