To circumcise or not circumcise your newborn son will be the first major health decision you’ll make on his behalf, a decision that will affect him well into adulthood.
Until the 1970s, it was customary to circumcise most male babies born in North American. In fact; approximately 90-percent of all boy babies underwent the surgical removal of the foreskin of the penis during the first 10 days of life. However, aside from those who demanded it for religious reasons (i.e., Jewish and Islamic faiths), or due to certain diseases (i.e., balanitis, phimosis and paraphimosis), circumcision isn’t backed by any solid medical reasoning.
Today, circumcision numbers have dropped to 60-percent of male babies. So regardless of your religious, social, compassionate, and health questions surrounding the procedure, we believe that parents should be aware of both the health benefits and negatives surrounding circumcision so they can determine the best choice for their baby boy.
Here are the pros and cons of circumcising your male baby…
Pro 1: Circumcision Reduces the Risk of STDs
Studies show that circumcised males have a lower incidence of sexually transmitted diseases. In certain cases, circumcision may reduce HIV transmission by offering an additional line of defense against STD contraction.