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What is circumcision for?

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Dr. Michael Dansie answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, a small flap of skin that covers the tip of the penis, generally performed in the days after birth. Examination of scientific studies between 1995 and now shows links between circumcision and decreased risks for urinary tract infections, some kinds of cancer, hpv, hiv, and other sexually transmitted diseases. There is a preventative effect.

Answered Jan 28, 2015

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Dr. Darren Mack answered

Specializes in Urology

Circumcision is the act of removing the foreskin in a male. It is done for religious/cultural reasons, cosmetic purposes, and functional problems because the skin is too tight and results in painful erections or difficult urination.

Answered Dec 30, 2013

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Dr. George Klauber answered

Specializes in Pediatric Urology

Mostly done in infancy because parents think it is cleaner and will avoid infections. May need to be done if foreskin is tight (phimosis) and doesn't retract easily & does not respond to steroid cream. Some adolescents want to look like the majority of other boys. It does prevent penile cancer which in itself is very rare and more likely caused by poor hygiene. Less smell. Some think looks better.

Answered Dec 9, 2013

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Dr. George Klauber answered

Specializes in Pediatric Urology

Performed on all jewish babies on 8th day of life, on all devout muslims before adulthood & majority of caucasian americans. It prevents smega collection under a foreskin, reduces risk of utis in 1st 6-months of life & risk of cancer in men with poor penile hygeine or inability to retract foreskin & significantly reduces risk of HIV in africa & possibly elsewhere..

Answered Jun 10, 2014

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Dr. Robert Kwok answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Circumcision is unnecessary if good hygiene is done. Babies are born complete, finished, and perfectly fine (except for the few unlucky ones with birth defects). Circumcisions are done for religious and cultural reasons, but the procedure does permanently change the genitals, so parents should think about it and talk about it before doing anything to their perfect little newborn boy.

Answered Mar 28, 2017

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Circumcision is the surgical removal of foreskin that covers the glans- tip of the penis. The procedure is done under local anesthesia. Circumcision is done primarily for religious and cultural reasons. Uncircumcised males can be kept clean with gentle cleaning of the tip of the penis.

Answered Jun 17, 2018

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