What You Didn’t Know About Circumcision.
Parents who decide not to circumcise their sons also often base their choice on medical, social, religious, and cultural beliefs.
Reasons parents choose not to circumcise their baby boys include:
Fear of the risks. Complications are rare but can include improper healing and infection.
Belief that foreskin is needed. Some people believe the foreskin protects the tip of the penis from irritation.
Belief it can affect sex. Some feel circumcision makes the tip of the penis less sensitive, causing a decrease in sexual pleasure later in life.
Proper hygiene can lower health risks. Boys can be taught proper hygiene to lower their risk of getting infections, cancer of the penis and sexually transmitted diseases.
There are cases in which circumcision should not be performed.
These situations include:
A penis that is too small
A history of abnormal bleeding in the family
A baby with a penis abnormality
Benefits of circumcision include:
- Prevention of urinary tract infections in infants
- Prevention of penile cancer in adult men
- A reduction in the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS
- Prevention of foreskin infections
- Easier genital hygiene