To some people, circumcision is an important cultural and religious step that improves cleanliness and reduces the rates of certain diseases. To others, it's an unnecessary, barbaric practice. Can you separate the facts and fictions of this procedure?
In 1999, the AAP decided not to endorse circumcision, but it doesn't recommend against it, either. Instead, the AAP announced that parents should make an informed decision for themselves.
According to the World Health Organization, two out of every three circumcised men on the planet are Muslim. The Quran doesn't direct Muslims to circumcise their sons, but most elect to do so because Muhammad was circumcised.
According to Genesis, God struck a deal with Abraham that males must be circumcised by the eighth day of life.
Let's hear it for the 3-in-5 U.S. boys who were circumcised in the last 30 years.
Three out of four Midwestern babies are circumcised, while only slightly more than half of Southern babies are.
Hispanics are less likely than non-Hispanics to circumcise male children.
Babies get the clamps; adults don't.
This is true, and phimosis is the main medical determinant for circumcision.
Recent studies found that circumcision can dramatically reduce the rate of HIV infection between males and females, to the tune of 60 percent.
Foreskins come in all sizes, but estimates generally measure it at one-third to nearly one-half of the skin on the penis.