Trying to decide whether or not you should have your newborn son circumcised? This is an important decision that all parents of newborn boys are faced with. If you scour the internet you will quickly learn that there is a wide range of opinions on this matter. Those who support circumcision usually do so for a number of reasons, most of which are related to health and religion.
On the other hand, those who are opposed to circumcision usually do so because of a bad experience, or misinformation. The truth of the matter is that the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risk–this is the latest finding according to research conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here are a few reasons why you should have your newborn son circumcised:
1. Disease Prevention. Although we have come a long way in the medical world thanks to research and technology, sexually transmitted diseases are still easily spread in some cases. This is even more so the case for men who are not circumcised. Not only does being circumcised help to prevent many STDs, but it can also help to prevent other diseases such as penile cancer, balanitis (swollen glans), and balanoposthitis (swollen glans and foreskin). It can also help to prevent female sex partners from developing cervical cancer.
2. Cleanliness/Hygiene. Without the removal of excess foreskin, which is the goal of a circumcision, it can make it hard for boys and men to maintain proper hygiene. This is largely because the extra skin makes the male organ hard to access. As a result bacteria can develop which can often lead to infections and even illness. Urinary tract infections are the most common type s of infection experienced by men who are not circumcised. Being able to properly clean the private area is an essential part of preventing infections and any diseases or illnesses associated with them.
3. Tradition/Religion. If most of the male members in your family are circumcised, you may feel a need to have your newborn son circumcised as well in order to maintain tradition. Some parents also want their sons to “look normal”, as people often refer to it as. Though this alone may not be reason enough to have your child circumcised, it certainly is a factor for most people. There are also many religious that encourage and/or require members of the faith to have their sons circumcised.