Doctors give parents advice and statistics when they are trying to decide on whether to circumcise their newborn baby boy or not. There are some who are for the elective practice as they feel that it is a way for the boy to feel normal because “everyone” does it. In actuality only 58% of newborn males are circumcised. This number was much higher in the past few decades but the stigma of being uncut has parents nervous for their child’s future. The CDC is now putting out new recommendations that are for elective circumcisions and it doesn’t have anything to do with the male himself. It has to do with the safety of the women that he will sleep with later down the road.
When the f0reskin remains attached there are many different places for bacteria to hide if things are not washed appropriately. Along with the bacteria that can get trapped there are certain viruses that can become trapped too such as HPV, HIV, and herpes. Once they are trapped in the f0reskin and the male has s*x with a female, she can contract all of those viruses because she came in contact with It without even knowing it. The CDC states that since the number of circumcisions has gone down over the years the number of women who could become infected with an STD rises considerably.
Many of the parents that refuse to have this elective procedure done do so because they feel that it is a risk to their child’s health such having an infection grow in the surgical site. The complications of the procedure however are very minimal. Others may choose not to because of religious reasons. Those who do get the circumcision do it for a variety of reasons including the reduced risk of urinary tract infections. No matter what your decision for your child on this issue is it is good to be informed of all of the possible things that can happen with either side. This is why the CDC is continuing to do research and releasing new guidelines. They want parents to be as informed as possible before going ahead with the surgery or deciding not to do it.