Benefits of Circumcision
 


Parents choose me to perform the Brit Milah ceremony for religious and cultural reasons, but there are many medical benefits to circumcision, as well. Medical research shows that circumcising your son can help protect him from many illnesses later in life, similar to giving him a vaccination. In my medical practice, I encourage all my families to circumcise their sons.

Circumcision decreases the risk of contracting and transmitting HIV/AIDS. Uncircumcised males have 2-5 times the risk of contracting HIV as a circumcised male. Circumcision also helps protect against the transmission of HPV (Human Papiloma Virus) and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Female sexual partners of circumcised males are at a significantly decreased risk of cervical cancer.

Penile cancer does not occur in circumcised males.

Circumcision decreases the incidence of urinary tract infections which may lead to kidney disease. Uncircumcised males face a tenfold greater risk of these infections than their circumcised peers.

Infections of the foreskin and unretractable foreskins are prevented by circumcision. In Europe, 3-4% of uncircumcised males have this problem, often requiring a circumcision later in life.

The medical risks of infant circumcision are rare and usually minor. In one out of three hundred cases, there can be an infection or some bleeding.

To learn more about the medical benefits of circumcision, I recommend Dr. Ed Schoen's excellent book, On Circumcision.

 
 

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