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A 39-year-old member asked:

Which benefits are there to circumcision?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 42 years experience
Minor benefits: There are minor potential health benefits to circumcision, unless you need one for medical reasons. It would be painful to have the surgery at your age. Discuss the pros/cons w/ a good urologist.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Hygiene etc.: Less risk of urinary infections in first 6 - 12 months of life, which are quite uncommon anyway. Worth doing in boys with urinary tract abnormalities such as urethral valves, bladder reflux or hydronephrosis. Much cleaner for men who do not wash. Is a cure for phimosis (tight foreskin). Prevents the all too rare cancer of penis. Significant reduction in HIV ;hpv transmission (studies from africa).
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Hard to say...: 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.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What's the benefit of circumcision?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Preventative if any: Circ rates run 0-80% depending on cultural, religious and healthcare practices around the world. The only males with utis i've treated in 3 decades were uncircumcised and under 2mo old. You never have a trapped glans(paraphimosis) or cancer of the removed area.Reduction in std rates are documented.I viiew it similar to piercing ears but with known health benifits.Easy and heals quick for newborns.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are health benefits of circumcision?

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Dr. Jennifer Frank
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Less infection risk: Male circumcision reduces the risk of urinary tract infections in the first year of life. Also reduces the risk of infection with human papilloma virus which can cause squamous cell cancer of the penis (rare) and hiv.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is circumcision for?

6 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Circumcision: 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.

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