Is circumcision medically necessary?

Diana K. Blythe, MD

Most of the time, circumcision is not necessary. For many years, it was believed that circumcision decreased the risk of urinary tract infections, but research has not been able to prove this belief. Because of this, circumcision is a personal choice for families of healthy boys.



Circumcision is no longer considered medically necessary. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association, there is not enough medical evidence to support routine circumcision. Studies do show some potential medical benefits of circumcision, but there are also potential risks. Since circumcision is not essential to the child’s current well-being, parents should determine what is in the best interest of their child.

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