Male Circumcision Pros and Cons

          Possible Advantages

  • Easier to clean penis (a male saves a few seconds a day)
  • Reduction in human papillomavirus (HPV) infection rate (but the Gardasil 9 vaccine is very effective against HPV, and doesn’t require amputation of a body part. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Gardasil 9 for all boys and girls at ages 11 to 12.)
  • Lower risk of penile cancer (which is so rare that a man has a greater chance of being struck by lightning)
  • Less chance of phimosis (meaning the foreskin doesn’t retract), but this is rare and usually treatable without resorting to circumcision

          Possible Disadvantages