A simple surgical procedure that removes the foreskin. The foreskin is the sleeve of skin that covers the tip of the penis.
The foreskin traps bacteria, infectious agents and malodorous smegma. Therefore, its removal ensures greater genital hygiene and reduces the risk of infections or diseases for the male and his future sexual partners.
Is Circumcision a Common Procedure?
Research indicates that 69% of Australian-born men are circumcised (Richters et al 2006). Routine circumcision in Australia decreased in the 1970s – 1980s (Wirth 1986) due to inconclusive myths such as alleged differences in sexual satisfaction and psychological impact. Today, it is a popular procedure amongst well-informed parents, and backed by positive research results.
When is the Best Time to Circumcise?
The earlier the better! Between the first and third weeks after birth are the most ideal times. We routinely see children up to 4 months, however older children can sometimes be suitable. If circumcision is not completed in the neonatal period then surgery is the next option.
Who is Best to Perform Circumcisions?
While circumcision is a simple procedure, the health and wellbeing of your baby boy is paramount. Only consider circumcision by a fully qualified, highly experienced and accredited medial practitioner. Ask lots of questions and be prepared to discuss both parents’ family medical history.
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