In the United States, over half of all male newborns are circumcised, with rates as high as 80%. Research has shown that most parents in the US have no medical or religious reasons for the circumcision. So why are they getting it done? Many parents make this decision based on what their parents did, or what relatives and friends push on them. It is important all parents are informed of all the pros and cons of getting their son circumcised.
Circumcision will prevent complications such as phimosis (inability to retract the foreskin/tight foreskin)
Circumcision is a much easier procedure when it is done as a newborn, rather than an older child or adult.
Circumcision is thought to be easier to take care of.
Circumcised males are believed to have fewer occurrences of UTI’s (Urinary tract infections)
Circumcision lowers the risk of getting sexually-transmitted diseases later in life.
Research shows that circumcision provides protection against penile cancer
There is always risks when you have any type of surgical procedure done, so there is a chance of:
Cutting of the penile head accidentally (cases of these have been reported, though rare);
Cutting the foreskin too short or keeping the foreskin too long;
Bad reactions to anesthetic drugs used during the procedure;
It is always important to discuss all options when it comes to your newborn son with your, and your soon-to-be-son’s caregiver. Remember, that no matter what it is up to you as parents to make this decision for him. Many doctors just assume that you will, but don’t let family, doctors or friends influence your decision. Do your research and decide for yourself, and your son, what decision is best for you and your child.
Expectant Mothers Guide