The percentage of men in America that are circumcised is currently 81 percent according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC found the circumcision rate in newborns has declined slightly from 83 percent from the study done in the 1960s. The question in my mind is why, not why has it declined, but why so high a percentage.
The procedure is most often an elective surgery performed on babies and children for religious and cultural reasons. In other cases it may be done as a treatment for a condition or for preventative reasons. Let’s deal with the second issue first, medically speaking, is it a must?
Medically, it is a treatment option for problematic cases of phimosis, balanoposthitis that does not resolve with other treatments, and chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs). Having been circumcised at birth I did not have the option to choose otherwise and have…
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