The use of circumcision in newborn boys for medical or health reasons is an issue that continues to be debated. Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend routine circumcision for newborn males. But there is some evidence that circumcision has health benefits, including
- A decreased risk of urinary tract infections.
- A reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases in men.
- Protection against penile cancer and a reduced risk of cervical cancer in
female sex partners.
- Prevention of balanitis (inflammation of the glans) and balanoposthitis (inflammation of the glans and oreskin).
- Prevention of phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin) and paraphimosis (the inability to return the foreskin to its original location).
As with most medical procedures, there are risks associated with circumcision. These include:
- Risk of bleeding and infection at the site of the circumcision.
- Irritation of the glans.
- Increased risk of meatitis (inflammation of the opening of the penis).
- Risk of injury to the penis.
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