Docteur Jean-Philippe Bercier BSc, MD, CCFP



Why Do Boys Get Circumcised?

Why Do Boys Get Circumcised?

Circumcision is a common procedure performed on newborn boys. At one time, most newborn boys were circumcised as a matter of course. Today, the rate is about 32%, according to the Canadian Paediatric Society. Choosing circumcision in Ottawa and Gatineau is a personal decision. Understanding some of the reasons parents and men choose to be circumcised can help you make the decisions for your son or yourself.  

Cultural Traditions and Circumcision  

Circumcision is an ancient tradition from the Semitic people. Historians have found wall paintings dated from 2300 BC that depicted circumcision. In the Jewish tradition, a newborn boy is circumcised on their eighth day of life. Islamic people practice circumcision as part of their faith. In some cultures, circumcision is a rite-of-passage to manhood, unrelated to religion. Today, many newborns are circumcised simply because their father is. Circumcision is commonly a social statement instead of a cultural or religious tradition. 

Circumcision for Hygiene or Health Benefits  

Circumcision is also chosen for its health benefits. Circumcised men have less risk of sexually transmitted infections, less risk of developing cancer of the penis, and fewer urinary tract infections. Male circumcision makes it easier to care for the penis. In some cases, circumcision is medically required. When the foreskin is very tight and cannot be retracted over the glans, a doctor may recommend circumcision.  

Circumcision is an elective procedure. There are many considerations for circumcision. For more information about circumcision, contact a Gatineau clinic to help you learn more about the benefits, risks, and considerations.