Pediatricians’ Stance on Circumcision Changes – Again!
An updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is asking parents to include the following medical information, along with their cultural, religious, and ethical beliefs, when deciding whether or not to circumcise their newborn boys.
The AAP says, “they want parents to know that the benefits of the procedure outweigh its small risks. But they stop short of recommending the surgery, which removes the foreskin of the penis, for every newborn boy.”
Another group of doctors endorsing this new policy is The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The old policy, published in 1999, questioned the necessity, medically speaking, of male circumcision, which caused Medicaid to deny coverage for the procedure. Now, however, the newer policy, much like the even older 1989 policy, supports the procedure and related health benefits.
The benefits of male circumcision include: Decreased rate of “transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, herpes, simplex, and human papillomavirus (HPV)”; reduced “rate of urinary tract infections, especially in the first year of life”; reduced risk of penile cancer; and a reduced risk of “cervical cancer in sexual partners.”
According to this article, “the new policy statement also says the benefits of circumcision warrant coverage by third-party payers like Medicaid and insurance companies.”
The possible risks of the procedure include potential infection and small bleeding, but it sounds like the benefits strongly outweigh those possibilities. Do you agree?
With this new information, how do you feel about male circumcision? Did you, or will you, circumcise your newborn boy?
What do you think? Pediatricians’ Stance on Circumcision Changes – Again!