The number of babies being circumcised in the US has dropped significantly in the last few decades. According to the CDC, 58% of baby boys were circumcised at birth in 2010 as opposed to 65% in 1979. Part of the reason for this may be that the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics don’t regularly recommend the procedure anymore. They remain neutral and let parents decide on their own, although they still acknowledge that the health benefits of being circumcised are better than the risks. Here are some things to know about circumcision:
– Circumcision is safe for the baby. It only takes a few minutes and they will not remember it when they are older. A local anesthetic is injected or a numbing cream will be used. A scalpel is used for the cut. It is very rare that there are severe complications.
– There are health benefits for boys who are circumcised. They will have less of a chance of getting a urinary tract infection. It can also reduce the risk of penile cancer, however that is very rare in men anyway.
– Circumcision helps to lower the risk that he or his partner will contract an STD. The theory is that the foreskin contains a lot of mucous membranes which would make it much easier for bacteria and infections to grow and spread. Condoms are still the best form of protection however.
– Despite rumors and myths, there is no difference in sensation if the foreskin is there or not. Many guys swear that there is, but there is no evidence to support this.