When I had my first child I didn't know much about circumcision. I asked DH who shrugged his shoulders and said "I guess, I am." End of subject. It is really sad looking back on it. We ended up having a girl and when I got pregnant with my son I decided I needed to do some research. It quickly became a very easy decision.
These are the reasons I support routine circumcision. (SEE BELOW EDIT....... bad placement on my part.)
EDIT: I had a long edit due to requests for information on when the site froze & I lost it. Unfortunately, I have things to do tonight. (Sorry!) PLEASE do your research!
There is a more current position by AAP which dated Aug 2012..... summary as per AAP website:
Evaluation of current evidence indicates that the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks and that the procedure’s benefits justify access to this procedure for families who choose it. Specific benefits identified included prevention of urinary tract infections, penile cancer, and transmission of some sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has endorsed this statement." & "Male circumcision does not appear to adversely affect penile sexual function/sensitivity or sexual satisfaction. It is imperative that those providing circumcision are adequately trained and that both sterile techniques and effective pain management are used. Significant acute complications are rare. In general, untrained providers who perform circumcisions have more complications than well-trained providers who perform the procedure, regardless of whether the former are physicians, nurses, or traditional religious providers."
Here is the link from AAP that covers the update & it is lengthy. (though interesting)
Link for HealthyChildren.org lists the risks/cons also.
"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) found that the medical benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks. They recommend that parents make this decision in consultation with their pediatrician. Parents need to decide what is best for their sons, based on their religious, cultural and personal preferences."
AAP on medical benefits: "A markedly lower risk of acquiring HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A significantly lower risk of acquiring a number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including genital herpes (HSV), human papilloma virus (HPV), and syphilis. A slightly lower risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs).... A lower risk of getting cancer of the penis. However, this type of cancer is very rare in all males. Prevention of foreskin infections. Prevention of phimosis, a condition in uncircumcised males that makes foreskin retraction impossible. Easier genital hygiene."
AAP on Social Benefits: "Many parents choose to have it done because "all the other men in the family" had it done or because they do not want their sons to feel "different." "....."Some groups practice circumcision for religious and cultural reasons."
KidsHealth.org: "Penile problems, such as irritation, inflammation, and infection, are more common in uncircumcised males. "......."UTIs are about 10 times more common in uncircumcised males than circumcised infants." ...."Circumcised men also might be at lower risk for penile cancer"
National Institute of Health: "Possible benefits include a lower risk of urinary tract infections, penile cancer and sexually transmitted diseases."
CDC: "Several types of research have documented that male circumcision significantly reduces the risk of men contracting HIV through penile-vaginal sex.......Finally, the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which independently may be more common in uncircumcised men, increase the risk for HIV acquisition"
"They found that circumcision "provides considerable protection and over the lifespan makes about a three- to four-fold difference by our prediction, which is quite striking in public health terms," lead study author Brian Morris, professor of molecular medical science at the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, told Reuters Health....Based on those findings, the researchers projected that doctors could prevent one UTI with every four circumcisions, "which is astronomical," Morris said.......The younger the infant, the more serious a UTI can be, the researchers note in their report, which is published in the Journal of Urology. Side effects of a UTI in infants can include kidney scarring, fever, pain and blood infections."
I don't have any quotes on the risks & problems with older-age circumcisions. But they are substantial. I remember reading an article back then from a urologist who needs to perform the older-age circumcisions on some patients because it is medically necessary. It was pretty shocking to me how serious complications could become.
I encourage anyone on the fence or against circumcision to at least do plenty of research. These are snippets so please read the entire medical articles. Of course it is your decision & I have NO intention of starting a debate. I am simply saying please make sure you know exactly what risk you are taking. :)
Again, my whole point is to know WHY it is beneficial and to talk to your doctors.
~ I speak from the heart because the truth is always the best - even if you don't know it yet. ~