Circumcision

Circumcision

Circumcision is the operation to remove the foreskin. Circumcision is not risk free - parents and caregivers should be informed of potential risks as well as potential benefits when considering circumcision.

Key points to remember

  • circumcision is the operation to remove the foreskin (the flap of skin naturally covering the tip of the penis) - see foreskin care on this website 
  • there are conflicting points of view about the risks as well as the possible benefits of circumcision
  • there is no advantage from male circumcision, unless for medical reasons
  • if circumcision is to be undertaken, it should be done in a safe, child-friendly environment by an appropriately trained competent practitioner, capable of dealing with the complications, and using appropriate pain relief
  • circumcision is not risk free - parents and caregivers should be informed of potential risks as well as potential benefits when considering circumcision

Making a decision about circumcision

The Paediatrics and Child Health Division of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has developed a parent information leaflet (revised February 2012) to help parents make an informed decision about circumcision. The information has come from medical and scientific research that has been carefully examined to make sure you have the right information about the risks and benefits.

A group of doctors, nurses and parents have put this information together and they strongly support and recommend you talking more to your family doctor or paediatrician. The Paediatrics and Child Health Division of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians believes that newborn baby boys and young infants do not need to be circumcised, unless there is a medical reason.
 
 

Thumbnail image of cover of circumcision pamphlet

 

This page last reviewed 02 April 2015.
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