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What is a circumcision?

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All guys are born with foreskin. That's a fold of skin at the head of the penis. A circumcision is a procedure performed by a doctor or clergy person in which the foreskin is cut away from the penis. Many parents choose to have the foreskin removed from their baby's penis for a variety of reasons, including cultural traditions, religious beliefs, or hygiene purposes.

From: Penis FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Nemours Foundation: "A Guy's Guide to Body Image;" "Is My Penis Normal?;" "Is It Normal to Get Erections?;" "Everything You Wanted to Know About Puberty;" "What Are Wet Dreams?;" "Is It Normal to Have an Erection When Waking Up?;" and "About Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)."

Columbia University's Health Service: "Go Ask Alice! Burning when I pee?"

CDC: "STDs."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Physical Development in Boys: What to Expect," "Masturbation."

Andrology Australia: "Penis Problems."

Netdoctor: "Penile Discharge."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 05, 2017

SOURCES:

The Nemours Foundation: "A Guy's Guide to Body Image;" "Is My Penis Normal?;" "Is It Normal to Get Erections?;" "Everything You Wanted to Know About Puberty;" "What Are Wet Dreams?;" "Is It Normal to Have an Erection When Waking Up?;" and "About Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)."

Columbia University's Health Service: "Go Ask Alice! Burning when I pee?"

CDC: "STDs."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Physical Development in Boys: What to Expect," "Masturbation."

Andrology Australia: "Penis Problems."

Netdoctor: "Penile Discharge."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 05, 2017

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