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.