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Circumcision

Circumcision in male infants is often a decision taken by the child’s family to conform with religious and social norms rather than for medical reasons. Despite this, it is best to let a qualified surgeon undertake the procedure than religious leaders. A surgeon performs the surgery in a sterile medical environment with appropriate tools minimising the risks of infection and genital mutilation with minimal or no pain. Circumcision is usually undertaken within the first week of birth and takes between 10 and 15 minutes. The foreskin is removed and the wounds treated appropriately. The healing takes between 10 days and 2 weeks. The medical benefits of circumcision include reduced risks of UTI and lower STD transmission rates.