Male circumcision is a common practice in the United States and one of the most common newborn procedures in the world. Male circumcision decreases the risk of urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, and penile and cervical cancers. The American Academy of Pediatrics Circumcision Policy Statement from 2012 asserts that the preventive benefits of neonatal circumcision outweigh the risk of the procedure.2,4  Additionally, the circumcision procedure itself is considered safest in the neonatal period5–7  because of the use of local anesthesia alone, absence of the need for suture use or removal, minimal procedural costs, good cosmetic outcomes, and fast healing. Despite these reported benefits, male circumcision remains a polarizing procedure. Controversy around whether to perform male circumcision can even exist within a medical team or family unit. Broadly, the risks of circumcisions include bleeding, decreased feeding that can be associated...

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