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Circumcision: American Academy of Pediatrics Now Say Health Benefits Outweigh Risks

While pregnant, even before I knew if I was carrying a boy or a girl, my doctor asked if I planned to circumcise the baby had I given birth to a little boy.

It was a decision that my husband and I didn’t take lightly. We privately discussed in length, we researched, and we consulted with our doctor.

I have two little boys, and for reasons personal to us, they are both circumcised.

Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics reversed their stance on newborn male circumcision, stating that new scientific evidence suggest that the health benefits outweigh the risks.

Health benefits including:

  • lower risks of acquiring HIV, genital herpes, human papilloma virus and syphilis
  • lowers the risk of penile cancer
  • reduces the risk of cervical cancer in sexual partners
  • lowers the risk of urinary tract infections in the first year of life

But at the end of the day, the AAP policy statement says the final decision should still be left to parents. And that the benefits are not great enough to recommend routine circumcision for all newborn boys.

Parents should always consult with their doctor first, take into consideration religious, ethical and cultural beliefs, and be informed who will be preforming the procedure.

How do you feel about newborn circumcision? Are you for or against it?

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