Circumcision: The Medical Issues
Many parents make the decision to circumcise based on medical issues—primarily the health benefits they hope to realize. Or they make the decision on a belief that a circumcised penis is healthier.
Others parents base their decision on religious grounds, such as the Jewish wish to fulfill the biblical covenant to circumcise all male children, or on both the Jewish and Islamic wish to honor the symbol of belonging to God’s people, following the tradition that can be traced to the common patriarch, Abraham.
Still other parents are influenced by cultural attitudes, or a sense that a child should look like his father, or by many other cultural, ethical or even aesthetic concerns.
Again, though, for many people, the primary factors in their decision to circumcise are the medical issues. So, to provide you with a solid basis for your decision, the following list outlines what you need to learn about in order to make an informed decision based on medical concerns.
Learn what a foreskin is: its physical makeup, its effects on the appearance of the penis and, especially, its functions. And learn how to take care of an infant’s penis with or without a foreskin—because it’s easy, but important.
Learn about the physical and sexual benefits of having a foreskin.
Learn about the possible problems associated with foreskins—during infancy, in adolescence and in adulthood.
Learn what happens in a circumcision procedure.
Learn about the risks of circumcision and how to minimize them.
Learn how to select a circumciser and ensure a safe circumcision.
Learn how to protect an infant from pain during and after a circumcision.
Learn when and where and by whom to have a circumcision performed.