There are not many topics related to parenting as controversial as the decision to circumcise or not. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the clitoris and part of the labia in a female, or the foreskin in a male. I think most of us in this country would agree that female circumcision is a form of genital mutilation, however it a very common and accepted procedure in other cultures. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1497147/
What we do not see here in the United States is the same outcry toward the same type of genital mutilation performed on our sons. There are many reasons why parents may choose to have their son undergo this surgery – religion, culture, a desire for him “to look like his father” (perhaps we should consider cosmetic surgery for other parts of his body as well). Currently 54.7% of males are circumcised. Some of the benefits linked to circumcision include a lower risk for contracting HIV and Herpes. http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/CROI/31507, however the surgical procedure does not come risk free http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/AAP/29075.
If you are considering circumcision for your son, we encourage you to do your research – watch the video, read about the pros and cons, and research the surgeon performing the surgery. There are many reasons why parents chose to circumcise and there are just as many that parents chose not to. It is our position that each couple should make informed choices regarding their baby's health care and the their medical team should respect their decisions.
On a personal note, I believe that nature should not be challenged. Foreskin serves a purpose and nature put it there for a reason. Let's respect the beauty of a natural, intact penis. http://www.nocirc.org/publish/pamphlet4.html
Written by Emma Morrison MS, LM, CPM