Circumcision is a procedure in which the foreskin of the penis is surgically removed. Some parents get their sons circumcised for religious reasons; others do it for health reasons. In this article, You’ll discover some important factors that parents and others should consider when deciding whether to perform a newborn male circumcision. You’ll also find some advice on how to care for your newborn after circumcision.

You’ve probably wondered: Do circumcisions hurt newborns? – well, keep reading, and you’ll find out.

Benefits of Circumcision

1. Hygiene

The loose foreskin at the head of the penis provides an ideal (warm and damp) environment for bacteria and fungi to proliferate. Balanitis: Inflammation of the head of the penis is twice as common in uncircumcised males than circumcised.

2. UTIs

An uncircumcised newborn is significantly more likely to develop Urinary Tract Infections or bladder infections, which decreases significantly after circumcision. After congregating in that nice foreskin environment, microorganisms are well positioned for invading the urethra and causing a UTI. UTIs aren’t only painful and unpleasant: they can also lead to the inflammation of the kidneys or the development of scar tissue.

3. Phimosis

This condition occurs when the foreskin becomes too tight and can’t be fully retracted. Phimosis makes it painful to pass urine and can lead to urinary retention. It can also contribute to sexual dysfunction and kidney stones. Around 10% of males suffer from phimosis, but the risk can be completely eliminated with circumcision.

4. Cancer

Penile cancer is up to 20 times more likely in uncircumcised males, who are also up to twice as likely to suffer from prostate cancer. Having sex with an uncircumcised male is more than five times more likely to lead to cervical cancer in a woman than if her partner is circumcised.

5. HIV and STDs

Since the inner lining of the foreskin is very thin, it can easily tear during sexual intercourse. Therefore, if an uncircumcised man has sex with a partner who is HIV positive or infected with an STD, they’re more likely to pick up an infection than someone who has been circumcised and has no foreskin.

In other words, the health benefits of circumcision normally outweigh the risks.  If you’re going to undergo circumcision, it’s preferable to have it done when you’re very young.

Risks of Circumcision in Newborns

Circumcision for newborns is a pretty safe procedure. Some minor risks, occurring in about one in every 500 cases, include:

  •       Bleeding: can usually be resolved by applying direct pressure or, less commonly, stitches.
  •       Phimosis: a condition in which the opening at the head of the penis narrows. This requires medical intervention.

About one in every thousand cases, circumcision may lead to narrowing the urethra (meatal stenosis), which requires medical intervention.

The risk of infection following circumcision is very low, about one in 4000. The risks of narrowing the urethra and trauma to the head of the penis are about one in 1000 and one in 10,000, respectively.

The Gentle Procedures Clinic

The trademarked Pollock Technique is offered exclusively by Gentle Procedures. It’s one of the fastest and most painless methods of circumcision available.

Dr. Neil Pollock, after completing the medical training, chose to specialise only in two surgical procedures: circumcision and vasectomy. As a result of this hyper-specialisation, Doctor Pollock practised and perfected the technique over many years of performing circumcisions.

At Gentle Procedures, no effort is spared to make the circumcision newborn procedure quick, safe and virtually painless. Numbing cream, local anaesthetic and sedation options are available for effective newborn pain relief after circumcision. The healing of circumcision in newborns also goes more quickly when the circumcision is performed at Gentle Procedures by Dr. David Hunt. Having trained with Dr. Pollock, Dr. Hunt is recognised as one of the best circumcision experts in the world, so you know your son is in the best hands when you choose to have him circumcised at Gentle Procedures.

If you have any questions about newborn penis care, newborn foreskin care or any aspect of the newborn circumcision healing process, please contact one of the experts at Gentle Procedures Clinic. They’re ready and waiting to guide you through their unique newborn circumcision procedure and the circumcision after care newborn babies need. They can tell you anything you might want to know about newborn circumcision pain relief and other important aspects of circumcision care for newborn babies.