Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the foreskin, the skin that covers the tip of the penis. In the United States, it is often done before a new baby leaves the hospital. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), there are medical benefits and risks to circumcision. Possible benefits include a lower risk of urinary tract infections, penile cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases. There is a low risk of bleeding or infection. The baby might also feel some pain.
The AAP said that because of the possible benefits, parents should have the option to circumcise their sons. They recommend that parents discuss circumcision with their baby's health care provider. Parents should make their decision based on the benefits and risks, as well as their own religious, cultural, and personal preferences.
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- Circumcision (BroadcastMed) - Broward Health Coral Springs, Coral Springs, FL, 3/31/2014
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Circumcision (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Prospective comparison of two models of integrating early infant male...
- Article: Implications of male circumcision for women in Papua New Guinea:...
- Article: Attitudes and decision-making about early-infant versus early-adolescent male circumcision: Demand-side...
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