The professional imperative for obstetrician-gynecologists to discontinue newborn male circumcision

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Newborn male circumcision has been practiced for millennia for a variety of medical, social, religious, and cultural reasons. Indications for routine circumcision remain controversial, with proponents and dissidents arguing their sides vigorously. Popular in the United States, it has persisted in the scope of practice of obstetrics and gynecology, a field specializing in the opposite gender. To excel in women's reproductive health, we should no longer passively accept or actively maintain this procedure in our specialty. Steps are suggested to remove the residual and improper inclusion of circumcision from the scope of practice of obstetrics and gynecology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-128
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

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Male Circumcision
Gynecology
Obstetrics
Reproductive Health
Women's Health

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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