What is circumcision?
Male circumcision is a surgery to remove the foreskin, a fold of skin that covers and protects the rounded tip of the penis. The foreskin provides sensation and lubrication for the penis. After the foreskin is removed, it can't be put back on again. See a picture of the
If circumcision is done, it's usually done soon after birth. In the United States, about 60 out of 100 boys are circumcised, and about 40 out of 100 are not.
Some older boys and men need circumcision to treat problems with the foreskin of the penis (such as
This topic focuses on the circumcision of newborns.
How will you know if circumcision is right for your son?
It's up to you whether you have your baby circumcised or keep your son's penis natural. The American Academy of Pediatrics says the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks of the surgery. They also say that parents should be the ones to decide what is in the best interest of their child.
Circumcision is not just done in newborns. Keep in mind that your son can decide on his own later in life if he wants a circumcised penis.
What problems can occur if your son is circumcised?
Problems from circumcision are not common. If they occur, they are usually minor. The most common circumcision problems are:
More serious problems are rare. They include damage to the opening of the urethra, heavy bleeding that requires stitches, severe infection, and scarring.
Who performs circumcisions?
Circumcisions usually are done by a
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