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which benefits are there to circumcision?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 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 33 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 36-year-old member asked:

What are health benefits of circumcision?

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Dr. Jennifer Frank
Family Medicine 22 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 47-year-old member asked:

What exactly are the life-long benefits of circumcision?

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Dr. James Krick
Urology 36 years experience
Phimosis: Adult circumcision is typically done for phimosis(tight foreskin) . The problems with phimosis that should make one consider circumcision are painful erection/intercourse, recurring infection, severe cracking and bleeding of the tight foreskin and the inability to adequately keep the penis clean and hygienic.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if there are benefits to circumcision?

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Dr. Robert Donato
Urology 25 years experience
Circumcision: Done as a baby, circumcision reduces utis in the first year. Std susceptibility is reduced in circ'd vs. Uncirc'd men. Penile cancer almost never occurs in circ'd men. Phimosis (tight foreskin) can develop in some uncirc'd men. The foreskin can crack and bleed with erections. The tight skin can also get stuck behind the head, strangling the penis. This is an emergency called paraphimosis.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Alean.gree with Dr. Donato, however, in most cases is unnecessary. Penile cancer is virtually unknown in men who keep their penises c
Mar 13, 2014
A 41-year-old member asked:

What's the benefit of circumcision?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 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 40-year-old member asked:

Doctors, what are the health benefits of circumcision?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Depends on phimosis: There are no health benefits from circumcision if foreskin retracts easily and subject keeps his penis clean. There are reports from Africa that it reduces risk of HIV by 50%. However, if there are considerable benefits if foreskin is too tight to retract easily (phimosis) as subject will now be able to remove smegma with ease, keep penis nice & sex will be much pleasanter.

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