Q7. Should I have my son circumcised?

A7. This is a personal decision. If your son is old enough to understand what the procedure is then he should be asked for his opinion first. His wishes must be taken into account.

If he does not want to be circumcised and understands why he is making this decision then that must be respected.

This can be tricky if circumcision is to be performed for religious reasons. No-one wants to go against religious beliefs and customs and if you are a member of a religion in which this is an important part then it is a difficult decision to make.

There are arguments for and against circumcision which are covered in greater detail in circumcise or not to circumcise? section.

FAQS Index : A guide to Vasectomy

Circumcision FAQs

  1. What is circumcision?
  2. Can men be circumcised?
  3. Is circumcision only performed for religious reasons?
  4. Is circumcision painful?
  5. Are only boys and men circumcised?
  6. What is female circumcision?
  7. Should I have my son circumcised?
  8. Will having a circumcision affect my sex life?
  9. How safe is circumcision?
  10. Does circumcision mean that the penis is easier to clean?
  11. Is circumcision needed?
  12. Is circumcision needed if my son’s foreskin doesn’t retract?
  1. Does circumcision protect you against disease?
  2. What is ‘frenulum breve?’
  3. What is ‘phimosis?’
  4. What is ‘paraphimosis?
  5. What is ‘balanitis?’
  6. What does the surgery involve?
  7. How long does circumcision take?
  8. What are the risks of circumcision?
  9. How long does the recovery take?
  10. Will I have to take time off work?
  11. When can my son return to school following his circumcision?
  12. Can a circumcision be reversed?
  13. Why is circumcision so controversial?

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