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Things To Consider Before You Decide On Circumcision

Jan 27, 2008
An expectant couple has many decisions to weigh. What kind of car seat should we get? Should my wife quit her job and stay home with the kids? Do we bottle feed or maybe my wife should nurse? When a couple is expecting a little baby boy, there's another decision they'll need to make and that's whether or not to circumcise.

The practice of circumcision has been a routine procedure for thousands of years. It is a Judeo-Christian tradition. Then in 1971, the American Academy of Pediatrics decided that there was "no absolute medical indication for routine circumcision." Then, in 1989, with new data the Academy changed its position to that there were "medical benefits, as well as risk" and then later also added that there wasn't sufficient cause to routinely circumcise.

Here are some benefits and risks that the renowned Mayo Clinic recommends you consider before making the decision of whether or not to circumcise.

Benefits

1. More hygienic.

2. Decrease in the risk of a sexually transmitted disease. It is essential to practice safe sex, however, circumcised men have a slightly lower risk of contracting certain sexually transmitted diseases.

3. Decrease in penile cancer. The risk is negligible but less common in circumcised men.

4. Decrease in urinary tract infections. This risk is low for the first year, however, the infection risks increase up to 10 times as being more likely to contract the infection later on. Infections severe enough may lead to kidney disorders later in life.

5. Prevention of penile problems. Sometimes, the foreskin narrows to the point that it is occasionally difficult if not impossible to retract. It can lead to inflammation.

Risks

1. Every surgery involves risk. There's a possibility of excessive bleeding and/or infection. The foreskin may also be cut too short or too long and may not heal properly. It is also possible that the remaining foreskin as it heals attaches to the end of the penis. It is then possible that additional surgery may be needed to correct the improper healing.

2. Pain Circumcision is painful. A local anesthetic is applied but will wear off and the newborn may experience pain.

3. Cost. Your insurance company may not cover this procedure.

4. Permanence. After removing the foreskin, it's difficult to reattach and have it resemble the appearance of an uncircumcised penis.

This topic has been hotly debated between parents and advocates of a more natural and holistic child birthing experience. And, after the press release from the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1999 stating that "Circumcision is not essential to a (boy's) well-being at birth" many insurance companies are now denying coverage of this once routinely covered procedure. It's important that parents carefully consider all of their options before making this decision for your infant boy.
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Circumcision is a tough decision to make for your baby. To learn more more about insurance companies that may cover this procedure go to http://www.nethealthinsurancetrek.com
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