When it comes to circumcision in male babies, it’s normal for a new mom to be concerned or afraid. That’s why we spoke to pediatric surgeon, Dr. Hesham Abdel Kader, to help every mother understand what needs to be done.
In the video below, Dr. Abdel Kader answers your questions on when you should have your newborn circumcised, what type of circumcision surgeries are available, and what to expect after the procedure.
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the skin covering the tip of the penis in male babies.
Why do babies get circumcised?
Apart from circumcision being a decision based on religious beliefs, there are several health benefits when it comes to making this decision. These include the following:
- Decreased risk of urinary tract infections
While the risk of UTIs in male babies isn’t that high, the infection is a lot more common in uncircumcised males. When infected, this could lead to severe kidney problems.
- Easier hygiene
When the foreskin is removed, it makes it easier to wash the penis and ensures practicing good hygiene.
- Decreased risk of HIV and other STIs
While circumcision is not a preventative for sexually transmitted infections, it does decrease the risk of getting infections including HIV.
- Less risk of penis-related skin conditions
For males who are not circumcised, the risk of getting phimosis where the foreskin is difficult to retract is possible. However, it is a lot less likely in males who are circumcised.
- Less risk of penile and cervical cancer
Cervical cancer is a lot less common in females when their husbands are circumcised. The same also applies to penile cancer, as the risk of getting it is a lot lower in circumcised men.
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