Top facts about circumcision:
⏺A hood of skin, called the foreskin, covers the head (or glans) of the penis. In circumcision, the foreskin is surgically removed, exposing the end of the penis.
⏺ Circumcision is one of the most common surgical procedures in the world.
⏺It may also be one of the oldest, likely predating recorded human history.
⏺ Male circumcision is compulsory for Jews and is commonly practiced among Muslims.
⏺Most circumcisions are done during the first 10 days (often within the first 48 hours) of a baby’s life.
⏺ When a newborn is circumcised, the procedure takes about 5-10 minutes. Adult circumcision takes about an hour.
⏺circumcision prevalence around the world is ROUGHLY 38%
⏺some studies say it decreases sexual sensitivity/pleasure and other studies say it doesn’t 🤷‍♀️
⏺ Opponents, particularly of routine neonatal circumcision, question its utility and effectiveness in preventing diseases and object to subjecting newborn males, without their consent,to a procedure they consider to have dubious and nonessential benefits, significant risks, and a potentially negative impact on general health and later sexual enjoyment, as well as violating their human rights.

Some reported benefits
Studies show, those who are circumcised have a lower likelihood of:
* getting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) when they are older
* developing urinary tract infections (UTIs), especially in the first year of life
* getting cancer of the penis, which is rare in those who are both circumcised and uncircumcised. It is not yet clear if the decreased risk is related to circumcision itself or differences in hygiene.
* developing irritation, inflammation, or infection of the penis, because it is easier to keep a circumcised penis clean

Some reported risks
Like any surgical procedure, circumcision has some risks. These are rare (apparently around 3%) but include:
* Bleeding
* infection, which is usually mild and easy to treat 
* more skin or less skin removed than planned
* scar tissue forming

Source: Morris et al. Population Health Metrics (2016)
Morton Frisch 2011