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What are the pros and cons to circumcision?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree

In brief: More pros than cons

The cons are obvious.
In babies, it's a minor, uncomfortable surgical procedure, though better with anesthesia they use now. Pros are a much decreased risk of urinary tract infection, closure of the foreskin around the tip causing obstruction, and skin cancers of the foreskin, which are something of an issue. Plus a much lower risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

In brief: More pros than cons

The cons are obvious.
In babies, it's a minor, uncomfortable surgical procedure, though better with anesthesia they use now. Pros are a much decreased risk of urinary tract infection, closure of the foreskin around the tip causing obstruction, and skin cancers of the foreskin, which are something of an issue. Plus a much lower risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Open to debate

P: less urinary infections in first year of life, c:utis in otherwise normal boys are rare.
P:cleaner if u don't wash.C: clean if u wash. P: prevents penile cancer, which is rare. C:avoided with good hygiene.P/c:may or may not improve sex, not proven. P:avoid phimosis or balanitis, reduce risk of HIV or hpv transmission during unprotected sex, like dad or brothers if they are circ'd - ?Important.

In brief: Open to debate

P: less urinary infections in first year of life, c:utis in otherwise normal boys are rare.
P:cleaner if u don't wash.C: clean if u wash. P: prevents penile cancer, which is rare. C:avoided with good hygiene.P/c:may or may not improve sex, not proven. P:avoid phimosis or balanitis, reduce risk of HIV or hpv transmission during unprotected sex, like dad or brothers if they are circ'd - ?Important.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: More positives

Analysis of all the available research data by the american academy of pediatrics demostrated a benefit of doing it versus the detriment of the risk.
The benefit was described as "small", but this does mean there is an advantage to performing it than the risk of not. See dr. Amster's answer.

In brief: More positives

Analysis of all the available research data by the american academy of pediatrics demostrated a benefit of doing it versus the detriment of the risk.
The benefit was described as "small", but this does mean there is an advantage to performing it than the risk of not. See dr. Amster's answer.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Pediatrics

In brief: Circumcision

Although the american academy of pediatrics offer the opinion that circumcision has minimal advantage, it cuts down the risk of infections, penile cancer and phimosis, which can swelling around the penis.

In brief: Circumcision

Although the american academy of pediatrics offer the opinion that circumcision has minimal advantage, it cuts down the risk of infections, penile cancer and phimosis, which can swelling around the penis.
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
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