Circumcision benefits ‘akin to vaccination’ for boys, study finds

SYDNEY — The debate over whether or not to circumcise male babies has picked up in recent years, but researchers may have put to bed any doubt that the procedure is worth it. A new study finds that circumcision carries a 200 to 1 risk benefit, while 1 in 2 uncircumcised males were likely to suffer a foreskin-related medical condition.

The study, published in the World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics, was a collaboration by scientists at the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and several teaching hospitals. Researchers determined that only 1 in 250 males who are circumcised — less than 1 percent — were at risk of developing a foreskin-related medical condition. The likelihood was exponentially worse for uncircumcised males, who face an 80 percent risk of the same fate.

A new study finds that 1 in 2 uncircumcised males are likely to experience a foreskin-related medical condition. Only 1 in 250 circumcised males face the same risk.

“Over their lifetime more than one in two uncircumcised males will suffer an adverse medical condition caused by their foreskin,” the study’s lead author, Dr Brian Morris, Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney, says in a release. “The enormous benefit but low risk makes early infant circumcision akin to childhood vaccination.”

Researchers reached their conclusions by analyzing data from 140 “high quality” studies published in journals between 2005 and 2015 related to circumcision. The studies examined how the procedure protected against a slew of conditions such as urinary tract infections, inflammatory conditions, STIs, genital ulcers, and penile, prostate, or cervical cancers.

The researchers also determined the procedure didn’t pose a significant risk of affecting one’s sex life.

Randomized control studies were included in the analysis, as well.

“Strong evidence shows no adverse effect on penile function, sexual sensitivity or pleasure,” notes Dr. Morris, adding that “circumcision is a desirable public health intervention. It is also cost saving.”

Another study recently found that circumcision significantly helped prevent the spread of HIV.


  1. Can’t help but think of the Jerry and Elaine conversation in a Seinfeld episode. Jerry asks Elaine if she has ever seen “one”, that is an uncircumcised one. She said yes, but that an uncircumcised one “just didn’t have any personality [the gesture she used then was hilarious]. It’s like looking at a Martian”.

  2. I don’t believe it. The most fundamental right a man has is his right to bodily integrity. His foreskin=his choice. At least if he chooses in adolescence or adulthood, he will be given appropriate pain relief. Performing an intensely painful procedure on a baby is wrong. The benefits, even if accepted as true, primarily accrue during adulthood, so why not wait? Why do it to a baby whose healing organ is then cloaked it a urine and feces filled diaper? Who cannot even tell you what they are feeling, sensations that might be indicating a problem but you won’t know until it’s more severe and visually apparent? If you as a parent are intent on having it done, at least wait until the boy can talk. Even vaccinations can wait until age 2 or 3.

    1. I had mine as an infant. Don’t remember it, don’t remember any pain and a guy would be crazy to wait until he could feel the pain. Thank you Mom and Dad!!!! Oh and I am not Jewish.

    1. Why would you say so. You have no evidence of that, and there are very few Jews in Australia. I would say that it is likely that you are probably a little loser hitler nazi boy. or maybe just a clown

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