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Circumcision is the practice of removing the foreskin from the penis of infant boys. Circumcision is no longer covered by Manitoba Health as it is an optional surgery. There are no medical reasons for routine removal of the foreskin on a newborn. In fact, the Canadian Paediatric Society does not recommend circumcision as a routine procedure for infant boys. Some people may have personal, religious or cultural reasons for wanting their newborn circumcised, though the majority of men world-wide are not circumcised.

There is a very small chance that your son may have to have a circumcision later in life due to his foreskin tightening, though this is very rare. It is best to speak to your partner and health care provider or midwife about the risks of circumcision.

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