While considered low risk, circumcision is a surgical procedure and has potential risks that include pain, injury to the penis, and bleeding or infection at the surgical site, states WebMD. Other possible complications include inflammation at the opening of the penis and irritation of the glans.
There are many benefits associated with circumcision, according to WebMD. Circumcision decreases the risk of urinary tract infections, offers protection against penile cancer in men, and reduces the risk of cervical cancer in female sexual partners. Circumcision also reduces the risk of some types of sexually transmitted diseases in men, as well as prevents inflammation of the glans.