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Circumcision - Why It May Be Done

Some parents may make the decision about circumcision based on religious and family traditions, personal preferences, or the social norms of their communities. Often these cultural reasons affect the decision more than the medical risks and benefits of circumcision.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks of the surgery. But it's up to you whether you have your baby circumcised.2

Health benefits of circumcision include being less likely to get urinary tract infections (UTIs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For example, in a baby's first year of life, UTIs happen less often in circumcised boys than in boys who are not circumcised. But UTIs are not common.

There may be reasons later in life when your son may need a circumcision. A boy or man may have problems retracting the foreskin or may have swelling of the foreskin that requires circumcision.

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Last Updated: April 17, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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