Circumcision Benefits and Risks

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During the first 15 months of life: Out of 100 baby boys who are circumcised, 0 will get a urinary tract infection, compared to 2 out of 100 who are not circumcised. 0 out of 100 baby boys who are circumcised will have tightening of the foreskin, compared to 3 to 4 out of 100 who are not circumcised. Up to 30 out of 100 baby boys who are circumcised will have bleeding from the procedure, compared to 0 out of 100 baby boys who are not circumcised.

The information shown here is based on the best available evidence about UTIs, phimosis, and heavy bleeding.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics

Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

Current as of: September 9, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics