Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis. Most circumcisions are performed for family, cultural or religious reasons. In Australia today, fewer than 20 per cent of boys are circumcised. When considering circumcision for your child, you should be aware of the possible risks and benefits. There are different methods of circumcision. The procedure can be performed using a general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic.
The functions of the foreskin include protecting the head of the penis and contributing to sexual sensations. While recent research suggests that circumcision may bring some medical benefits, some doctors believe these are too small to justify surgery. Circumcision is mostly performed on babies for family, religious or cultural reasons, or because some people prefer the look of a circumcised penis.
Source: Victoria State Government - Better Health Channel