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Pros and Cons of Circumcision

The pros and cons of circumcision is something that's hotly debated right now. The pros of circumcision is that it does reduce the risk of cancer of the penis from almost nothing to more or less nothing. It does seem to reduce the risk of getting HIV or AIDS by about 50 percent. It does also reduce the risk of getting HPV or papilloma virus infection, which can cause cancer in the woman and the man. Also, it may reduce other infections. The cons of circumcision, or the disadvantages, that it's a surgical procedure. It requires, usually, some anesthesia. It has the risk of causing infection, bleeding, damage to the penis, and it also is painful for the child, often. And the hottest topic right now, is it actually ethical, is it okay to surgically alter a newborn, healthy boy just because you want to?






Watch Lauren D. Hyman, MD's video on The benefits of circumcision...
Obstetrician Mike Brisinger, MD, explains why some people are opposed to routine circumcisions in newborn males
Obstetrician Mike Brisinger, MD, shares advice for parents on the risks that circumcision can pose on their newborn son
Obstetrician Mike Brisinger, MD, explains the medical benefits of circumcision and how it can help to reduce the spread of HIV or AIDS
Learn about: Choosing not to circumcise from Stephanie Caspian,...
Obstetrician Mike Brisinger, MD, explains when circumcision is typically done and how long parents can wait to make the decision to circumcise their newborn son
Psychologist Polly Palumbo, PhD, explains what recent research shows the benefits and risks associated with circumcision are

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