The Best Time to Circumcise a Boy Revealed

baby boy feetIt's a decision that any expecting parent of a baby boy has to make: should you circumcise or not? The health benefits have been debated for decades, and no matter where you stand on the issue, it's a question we all might face at one point. But a recent study is proving one thing for sure: if you're going to circumcise, do it early, which supports an earlier study that showed that circumcision complications increase after a child's first birthday.

The research, which was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows that circumcising during a boy's first month is best for his health and actually ends up being far less costly.

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The researchers analyzed health care and private insurance claims in 2010 to find out just how many circumcisions were performed (about 150,000). Of those, about 93 percent were performed on boys younger than 1 month, and of those who remained uncircumcised after their hospital dismissal, 6 percent were circumcised by their first birthday.

They then looked at circumcisions performed on men up to age 18 and found that the longer parents waited for the procedure, the greater the risk for the child, and the higher cost for the medical procedure.

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The study also cites protection against HIV, STDs, and urinary tract infections as main the reasons for circumcising boys. But if we learned one thing from the recent research, it's that timing is everything.

So the moral of the story? If you're going to snip, snip it early.

Did you choose to circumcise? If so, how early?

 

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