So I realize there's a lot of debate circling the psychological
effects of having the foreskin removed.. And I can't say I've ever met a man who wished his parents did or didn't remove his foreskin. I don't think they really dwell on it, from what I've noticed in my group of friends/family.
But on the physical side of it, there are actually reports out that show that instances of HIV, HPV, other STD/STIs, UTIs, and cancers are greatly reduced in circumcised men. It also decreases chance of cervical cancer in women whose partners are circumcised.
Neonatal circumcision is considered to be generally safe when it is done by an experienced practitioner. The most common acute complications
are bleeding, infection and the removal of either too much or too little foreskin. These three complications occur in less than 1% of procedures, and make up the vast majority of all circumcision complications. A specific complication rate is difficult to determine due to scant data on complications, and inconsistencies in how a "complication" is classified. Complication rates are greater when the procedure is performed by an inexperienced operator, in unsterile conditions, or when the child is at an older age.
Significant acute complications happen rarely, occurring only in about 1 in 500 newborn procedures in the United States. Severe to catastrophic complications are so rare that they are reported only as individual case reports. Death is rare, with an estimated death rate of 1 infant in 500,000.
Circumcision does not appear to have a negative impact on the sensitivity of the penis, sexual function or sexual satisfaction.
Instances of complications from having circumcision done are about as common as any other procedure you may have done in your lifetime. And I'm actually coming across more and more mothers who say now that their intact male children are getting older, they're medically required to remove his foreskin because it's medically affecting his penis.
It all comes down to the decision of the parents involved. I have no judgments towards anyone who does or doesn't circumcise. I just wanted to point out that there is evidence on the other side of the fence and I urge ANY parent who is contemplating whether or not to circumcise their child to research ALL the facts on BOTH sides of the issue before making their decisions.