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What is circumcision?

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The foreskin of the penis covers the glans, or head, of the penis. By cutting it off, the surgery exposes the end of the penis.

The practice of circumcision dates back to ancient Egypt. It was believed to help males keep the area clean. While that’s true, circumcisions today are done mainly for religious or cultural reasons. In the U.S., about 55% of newborns are circumcised shortly after birth. Others have the surgery later, but some never have it.

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient education: Circumcision in Baby Boys (Beyond the Basics).”

Mayo Clinic: “Circumcision (Male).”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Newborn Circumcision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Newborn Male Circumcision.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient education: Circumcision in Baby Boys (Beyond the Basics).”

Mayo Clinic: “Circumcision (Male).”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Newborn Circumcision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Newborn Male Circumcision.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

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