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** How Circumcision Works **

by Tom Scheve

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Circumcision Trends Around the Globe

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Circumcision Procedure

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Why Circumcise?

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The Case for the Uncircumcised


Shalom Hen, the father of eight-day-old Ofir Hen, holds his child during a
circumcision ceremony by the local rabbi inside a bomb shelter on July 26,
2006, in Haifa, Israel.

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

** Why Circumcise? **

Supporte­rs of circumcision often give the following reasons for their
belief in the practice:

· If you're raised in a culture or religion in which the majority of males
are cut, then it may seem like a natural decision to circumcise.
· Many times, the decision comes down to a simple belief that the son's
penis should look the same as the father's. One study showed that nine out
of 10 circumcised fathers elected to have their sons circumcised as well,
while nearly 75 percent of uncircumcised men chose not to have their sons
cut [source: WHO].
· Regardless of whether or not they themselves were circumcised, some
parents simply want their sons to fit in as best as possible


why circumcision

Circumcision - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Circumcision **

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This article is about male circumcision. For female circumcision, see
female genital mutilation.

Circumcision central Asia2.jpg
A circumcision performed in central Asia, possibly Turkmenistan c.
ICD-10-PCS Z41.2
ICD-9-CM V50.2
MeSH D002944
MedlinePlus 002998
eMedicine 1015820

Male *circumcision* (from Latin /circumcidere/, meaning "to cut
around")^[1] is the surgical removal of the foreskin (prepuce) from the
human penis.^[2]^[3]^[4] In a typical procedure, the foreskin is opened and
then separated from the glans after inspection. The circumcision device (if
used) is placed, and then the foreskin is removed. Topical or locally
injected anesthesia may be used to reduce pain and physiologic stress.^[5]
For adults, general anesthesia is an option, and the procedure is often
performed without a specialized circumcision device. The procedure is most
often elected for religious reasons or personal preferences,^[1] but may be
indicated for both therapeutic and prophylactic reasons. It is a treatment
option for pathological phimosis, refractory balanoposthitis and chronic
urinary tract infections (UTIs);^[2]^[6] it is contraindicated in cases of
certain genital structure abnormalities or poor general health.^[3]^[6]

The positions of the world's major medical organizations range from
considering neonatal circumcision as having a modest health benefit that
outweighs small risks to viewing it as having no benefit and significant
risks. No major medical organization recommends either universal
circumcision for all infant males (aside from the recommendations of the
World Health Organization for parts of Africa), or banning the
procedure.^[7] Ethical and legal questions regarding informed consent and
autonomy have been raised over non-therapeutic neonatal

A 2009 Cochrane meta-analysis of studies done on sexually active men in
Africa found that circumcision reduces the infection


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