Having a baby is an exciting time but many parents are confused when having to decide on whether they should have their son circumcised. Typically the parental decision is primarily based on being similar to the father without taking into consideration what the child (who will later become a man) might want and the purpose of the foreskin.
1) It protects the glans (head) of the penis keeping the urinary track sterile.
2) The foreskin plays an important part during sexual intimacy, acting as a natural lubricant through its unique rolling motion thus providing women improved sensation and comfort while preventing vaginal dryness and chafing.
3) The foreskin is the most sexually sensitive and pleasurable part of the penis. It is the loss of this highly erogenous tissue that cause many men circumcised as adults to report a significant loss of sensitivity.
Besides looks many parents often believe that having their son circumcised will make it easier to clean and lower his risk of urinary track infections. This however is not true as it does not take any more effort to clean a penis with or without a foreskin. Often parents are misinformed and are told to pull back the skin during bathing, however this can be very painful as the skin is attached to the glans like a finger nail to a finger and comes apart on its own typically by age 5. Although circumcision may slightly lower the chances of your son from getting a urinary track infection having your son circumcised does not guarantee he still will not get them. Urinary track infections are very common among girls and we do not amputate to treat them but instead use antibiotics. Could boys not be treated with antibiotics too?
As parents it is our responsibility to educate ourselves before making such a decision in which the child may later resent our decision as he was not given the choice.