Circumcision in the male is the removal of the foreskin of the penis. There are several medical benefits to male circumcision, however, factors other than circumcision (use of condoms, number of sexual partners, HPV immunization, proper penile hygiene) are likely much more important risk factors for penile medical disorders.

The ideal age for male circumcisions is within the first 4 weeks of birth. Male circumcision can be a difficult decision for some parents, while others have no difficulty making the decision, sometimes related to cultural or religious beliefs. Whichever category you fall under, if you are considering male circumcision, you should be comfortable discussing their questions or concerns with your healthcare provider. In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement that the health benefits of male circumcision outweigh the risks.

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