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Is it better for the penis to be circumcised?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Studies show that circumcised penises are less likely to cause bacterial infections in women. To learn more about the pros and cons of circumcision in men, watch this video with Dr. Oz, urologist Dr. Harry Fisch, and sex therapist Dr. Laura Berman.


Potential benefits of circumcision are:
 
  • Reduced risk for bladder infection in the first year of life. The risk is 1 in 1,000 for circumcised boys, and 1 in 100 for boys who are not circumcised.
  • Slightly reduced risk of developing cancer of the penis. 1 out of 1,000,000 circumcised men will develop cancer of the penis. This may be slightly more common in males who are not circumcised who do not practice good hygiene.
  • Slightly reduced risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), possibly including HIV. However, behavioral factors are far more important in preventing these diseases than the presence or absence of a foreskin.
  • Easier genital hygiene and prevention of infection under the foreskin. However, boys who are not circumcised can learn how to clean beneath the foreskin.

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