The New Health Care: Should You Circumcise Your Baby Boy?



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Snip or don’t snip?

In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics declared that the benefits of circumcising boys outweighed the risks of the procedure. They cited health benefits that, while not great enough to warrant a recommendation for all males to undergo the procedure, were significant enough that it should be available to all, and that it should be covered by insurance. Not long after, the CDC concurred.

Let’s look at the evidence. For years, pediatricians have cited studies that show that being uncircumcised is a risk factor for developing a urinary tract infection. They point to research that shows that circumcised penises have lower levels of yeast and bacteria. Even more compelling, cohort studies…


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