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I need all the good facts about teen circumcision on a 15 year old male?

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Dr. Stephen Hefler
Specializes in Pediatrics
None: If the circumcision is not for adhesions of the foreskin to the penis (phimosis), for infection (balanitis), or for a religious conversion, why do it. There really is no "good facts". Please provide more information.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Teens often feel peer pressure. They think it is cleaner and better to be circumcised because the vast majority of US males have been cisrcucised. Many boys do not want to look different from their peers. Thus no "good" reason to be circumcised unless boy is having problems
Feb 7, 2012
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Optional procedure: At 15 the procedure likely requires a general anesthesia (put to sleep), significant post operative pain & swelling. This procedure was one of the most popular elective surgeries during my years in the navy supposedly due to recurrent infections while working in hot areas on ship. You never develop penile cancer in the removed skin, but that is rare to begin with. Some reported decrease in std's.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Cosmetic or needed: Many 15-year-olds request circumcision because most of their friends are circ'd. There is no need for circumcision if his foreskin retracts freely without discomfort. Many boys think it cleaner to be circ'd. This is true if the boy doesn't wash under the foreskin. Incidence of aids and hpv infections in africa is lower in circ'd men. Condoms are largely protective. Penile cancer is very rare.

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