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What exactly is circumcision and why do they do it?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Removal of foreskin

The foreskin is a piece of skin that covers the glans, or the head of the penis.
In circumcision, this foreskin is removed. There is no medical necessity for this, but it is associated with a lower incidence of urinary tract infections, and penile cancer. Often it is done due to tradition or for religious reasons.

In brief: Removal of foreskin

The foreskin is a piece of skin that covers the glans, or the head of the penis.
In circumcision, this foreskin is removed. There is no medical necessity for this, but it is associated with a lower incidence of urinary tract infections, and penile cancer. Often it is done due to tradition or for religious reasons.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
good answer. Wishing you'all the best.
Dr. George Klauber
Only lowers risk of urinary infection in first 6 months of life and in males with structural abnormalities of the urinary tract
Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Removal of foreskin

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.

In brief: Removal of foreskin

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.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Prevention

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.

In brief: Prevention

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.
Dr. Michael Dansie
Dr. Michael Dansie
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