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Old 02-15-2013, 11:55 AM   #17
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Re: Need some info on circing

This is from an info sheet I give to my classes:

Appropriate Use of Interventions: Routine Infant Circumcision (RIC)

What to Know:
• Although a number of studies suggest that circumcision may be of some benefit in adulthood (a reduced risk of rare penile cancer and decreased risk of HIV infection in some populations), no evidence confirms that circumcision needs to be performed in the newborn period in order to prevent conditions that present in adulthood.
• Because the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recognizes RIC as a cosmetic procedure, not all insurance companies will cover it.
• Worldwide 30% of males are circumcised, most of them Muslim.
• In the US, 2014 is the year when more males will be left intact than circumcised.

Why People Choose to Circumcise (usually not medical in nature):
• Parent has a strong desire for infant son to look like his father (dad is circumcised, so baby is circumcised).
• Religion (Jewish or Muslim).
• Belief that a circumcised penis is cleaner (less than 20% of European men are circumcised, and they somehow keep clean).
• Hearing the story of someone needing circumcision later in life and feeling RIC would be better now, to prevent a later problem.
• More uncircumcised infant males will experience urinary tract infections in the first 3 years of life, but protective effects of circumcision diminish over time.
• There is a 2–10% complication rate associated with RIC. A 2% complication rate means circumcising 1,000 urologically normal infant males will prevent 9 cases of urinary tract infection, but cause circumcision complications in 20 babies.
• Although practitioners advocate a number of pain-management strategies, no pain medication completely eliminates the pain newborns feel, and babies also experience post-circumcision pain.

How to Make Your Decision:
• Balance facts with feelings and try to be open as you educate yourself.
• Look for additional information in books, online, and from your practitioners.
• Check to see if your insurance covers the procedure.
• Ask your pediatrician his or her medical opinion on circumcision.
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