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Pros and Cons for Circumcision

Posted Apr 07 2010 1:18am

The decision of circumcision has always been an issue surrounded by controversy.  It factors on social, medical and religious rationales to making the decision as the medical community takes an impartial stand on whether to recommend or not recommend the procedure.

pros and cons for circumcision

What is Circumcision?

Circumcision is a procedure in which the skin covering the tip of the penis is removed surgically.  It is a common procedure and performed for a variety of reasons.  It is considered to be a safe procedure but the decision to have your son circumcised should be an informed decision.  Discuss the pros and the cons with your pediatrician to determine if this is the right choice for your son.

For some people circumcision is a religious matter and it is done with automatic decision, predetermined that the male child will undergo this procedure.  Other parents make the decision based on potential health risks to their child, family tradition, preventative health care or just personal hygiene issues.

There are arguments for and against the procedure and the medical community has basically left the decision as to whether or not to circumcise up to the parents to make.

Pros for Circumcision

  • Circumcision removes the foreskin and therefore prevents phimosis which is the inability to retract the foreskin when it should be retractable, it prevents the painful inability of the foreskin not being able to be returned to the natural position a condition known as paraphimosis and infections and inflammation of the glans penis.
  • Circumcision is thought to reduce the incidence of urinary tract infections.
  • Circumcision is believed to lower the risk for cancer of the cervix of sexual partners.
  • Circumcision may lower the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Social awkwardness as boys age when not circumcised
  • Hygienic issues when boys begin to care for their own personal care after potty training – Not being circumcised can lead to infections if good personal care is not performed after each voiding.

Cons for Circumcision

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