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What are the benefits of circumcision?

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There is some evidence that circumcision has health benefits, including:

Circumcision also makes it easier to keep the end of the penis clean.

  • Less chance of urinary tract infections.
  • Lower risk of some sexually transmitted diseases in men.
  • Protection against penile cancer and a reduced risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners.
  • Prevention of balanitis (inflammation of the glans) and balanoposthitis (inflammation of the glans and foreskin).
  • Prevention of phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin) and paraphimosis (the inability to return the foreskin to its original location).

From: Circumcision Basics WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Pediatrics. 

The American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 13, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Pediatrics. 

The American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 13, 2018

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