The Circumcision Decision
Today, more and more parents are deciding against circumcising their sons – fewer than 60 percent of infant boys nationally are circumcised. Factors affecting parents’ decisions about circumcision include aesthetics, religion, cultural attitudes, social pressures and tradition.

The health benefits of circumcising newborn boys aren’t significant enough to recommend it as a routine procedure, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Some studies have found that uncircumcised boys are more likely to get urinary tract infections than circumcised boys, and there is some evidence that penile cancer is more prevalent among uncircumcised males. But the infections are not serious, and penile cancer is so rare that researchers have deemed the added risk to be insignificant. The vast majority of uncircumcised boys do very well, according to the AAP, and it’s unlikely that an uncircumcised infant will require circumcision later in life.

For those who are inclined to circumcise their newborn boy, the AAP points out that it is generally a very safe procedure, and that most complications associated with circumcision are minor, such as soreness or bruising. The AAP does assert, however, that babies should receive anesthesia with the procedure.



of Pediatrics – This fact sheet on circumcision summarizes the AAP’s position on the procedure.