Dr. Jean-Philippe Bercier BSc, MD, CCFP
Circumcision is a simple procedure that involves the removal of foreskin that sheathes the head of the penis.
Baby circumcision is commonly performed early in life. Ideally, babies undergo circumcision within the first two weeks of birth, but the procedures may be performed in the first three months.
The Canadian Paediatric Society acknowledges the potential benefits of circumcision (see below) but stops short of routine recommendation for newborn babies. Thus, after weighing the benefits and risks, religious and cultural preferences, you and your partner need to decide if you wish to move ahead with circumcision for your son.
Potential circumcision benefits include reduced risk of urinary tract infections, reduced risk of phimosis*, reduced risk of penile cancer, reduced risk of sexually transmitted infections, reduced cervical cancer risk for women in relationships with circumcised men , and better hygiene.
*Phimosis is a scarring and thickening of the foreskin that prevents retraction over the glans.
Circumcision procedures cannot be performed if your baby boy has an uncommon medical condition. These conditions include congenital abnormalities of the external genitalia such as hypospadias or bleeding disorders such as hemophilia. Additionally, we will not perform circumcision procedures if your infant is sick and unstable, has an active local skin irritation or diaper rash, or has active diarrhea.
If you use the private health system, book an appointment via this website. We mention the cost for the procedure prior to choosing a clinic.