Circumcision rates declining in US hospitals

HOUSTON, TX – Hey, you guys out there are going to like this one. Circumcisions are down 10% over the last 30 years. Many penises were spared the snip between 1979 and 2010, at least in hospitals.

Starting at nearly 65% in the late 70’s, reaching the lowest number in 2007 of just over 55%.

These numbers don’t reflect the snipping outside of hospitals for religious and other reasons.

Dr. Grant Fowler of UTHealth Medical School explained, “What the data is not recording is the circumcisions done in the outpatient setting. So we do them in the clinic, and of course they do them in certain churches and synagogues.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the benefits outweigh the risks, yet the numbers still show a decline, especially in the western U.S.

“The further west you go in the U.S., the less likely a child is to be circumcised, and I attribute that to the fact they are a little more natural thinking out there, they may take a few more herbs and smoke a few more herbs if you know what I mean.”

So, what are the things we should consider?

Dr. Fowler explains, “A six, seven, or eight year old little boy who gets some complications if not having the circumcision, that then becomes very psychologically traumatic experience for the child, and a much riskier anesthesia.”

To snip or not to snip…that is the question.

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1 Comment

  • ml66uk

    Dr Fowler seems really keen on promoting genital surgery. Would it be cynical to ask if he's circumcised himself, and if he makes money from performing circumcisions? Only about 1 in 140 UK males needs a circumcision for medical reasons, and it's getting rarer. Compare that with a 5-10% chance of a circumcision "revision" (a second operation).

    His suggestion that the lower rates on the west coast is due to smoking herbs is beneath contempt. How does he explain these drops:

    Drops in male circumcision since 1950:
    USA: from 90% to 55%
    Canada: from 48% to 17%
    UK: from 35% to about 5% (about 1-2% among non-Muslims)
    Australia: 90% to 12.4% ("routine" circumcision has recently been *banned* in public hospitals in all states except one)
    New Zealand: 95% to below 3% (mostly Samoans and Tongans)
    South America and Europe: never above 5%

    The USA and Israel are the only two countries in the world where more than half of baby boys are circumcised. Other countries circumcise, but not till anywhere from the age of seven to adolescence.

    Here's another reason not to circumcise babies:
    Bauer, Kriebel, 2013
    "For studies including boys born after 1995, there was a strong correlation between country-level (n = 9) autism/ASD prevalence in males and a country's circumcision rate (r = 0.98). A very similar pattern was seen among U.S. states and when comparing the 3 main racial/ethnic groups in the U.S."

    And stop calling it a "snip" – it's genital surgery. The record payout for a botched "snip" is $22.8 million. It was said at the time that the victim "will never be able to function sexually as a normal male and will require extensive reconstructive surgery and psychological counseling as well as lifelong urological care and treatment by infectious disease specialists."
    Sure, cases like that are very rare, but why should they happen at all?