Circumcision is a surgical procedure in which the foreskin, the skin that protects the penis from dryness and irritation, is removed.  In some cultures, circumcision is a part of a tradition, and it’s sometimes performed in a ceremony or ritual. In other cultures, circumcision is just a medical procedure. For example, in the countries in which Judaism is the main religion, all of the male babies are circumcised. On the other hand, in some European countries, only about 12% of male babies are circumcised.

Nowadays, there’s a big difference of opinions on whether all baby boys should be circumcised or not. According to the American Academy of Pediatricians, circumcision is not for every newborn, since it poses some risks, and its benefits are not relevant enough. However, the AAP states that it’s the baby’s parents who should choose with their baby’s best interest in mind.

Some possible benefits are:
• Less probability of urinary infection
• Less probability of getting a sexually transmitted disease
• Less probability of getting penis cancer

On the other hand, the risks of circumcision include bleeding and infection after the procedure. Though this isn’t as common.

During pregnancy, it’s important that you and your partner talk about this issue, and make a decision that you consider is best for your baby.

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