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A common and relatively simple procedure. Some do it for religious or cultural reasons, some for hygienic reasons and strongly believe it should be done. Others think that it’s an unethical and unnecessary procedure, that a male should be able to choose for himself, and that they wouldn’t fell “complete”.
Starla Gaines I have two sons and the first got circumcised whereas my second did not. I would not have with my first had I looked more into it. What is done is done though. I just feel like it isn't necessary.
Mary Kirkland I did a lot of research when I was pregnant and that was 23 years ago. Because my daughter's father and I weren't married at the time of her birth the hospital told me that it was completely my decision if I had a boy whether or not to have him circumcised that if I said no and the father said yes, they would not do it because we weren't married and everything was my decision while we were in the hospital. I ended up having a girl but if I'd had a boy he would not have been circumcised because it's cosmetic surgery and a complete myth that it's needed for cleanliness or health reasons. When my daughter got pregnant and I found out she was having a boy, I let her know that because she and the father were not married the decision was completely up to her even if the father wanted the circumcision. I sent her all sorts of info about it but it was the youtube video of a newborn baby being strapped down and screaming while being circumcised that made her mind up for her. Thankfully she didn't have my grandson circumcised even though the father wanted him to be.
Rylee Logan I didn't get either of my boys done, it's their body and their decision to get a part of their body removed or not. It isn't "cleaner" to get it done, they learn to keep themselves clean just fine with no issues whatsoever.
Lindy H. I do not believe in getting babies circumcised unless there is a medical reason. It is not your body to mess with when they are that young. Let them grow up and decide what is best for them. Circumcision does not make boys more healthy nor does it do much more than mutilate your already perfect sons. Before having your son circumcised I advise doing some strong research, I am sure you will reach the same conclusions. P.S. I love the photo.
Donna Andrews Like most here have said, its a personal choice for the parents. If you wait for the child to decide when they are older it causes more pain and they will remember it a lot more than if it is done when they are a baby.
My older son is because his dad made a big deal about it.
My younger son's father was not and he told me it was up to me if I wanted it done and he didn't care either way. So I didn't have it done. i remember all the trouble I went through when my oldest had his done. He had issues with my milk and we switched him to formula and that made it worse. He constantly had diareah and it caused infection where he was circed, even though I tried desperately to keep it as clean as possible. Because of that it took forever to heal.
so with my younger son I talked to the pediatritian about it and she said its just a personal choice, it doesn't really need to be done and if he had problems it could be done at 6 months or even 1 yr old. so I just didn't have it done. He's going to be 10 next month and so far it doesn't seem like a big deal to him. Hes seen his brother and asked why they look different and I explained it to him and he was like OOOOWWWIIIEEE that would hurt I'm glad you didn't do that to me.
Jaime Watson I don't feel that circumcision is "necessary," but I do completely respect a parent's right to make this choice. My husband has said repeatedly that he is very glad that he was circumcised. I was raised with a Jewish heritage and therefore never thought twice about having my son circumcised.
Amanda P I have a son and didn't circumcise him. My brother who's the same age, same thing! Later on though, my brother NEEDED it done, for medical reasons, but my son is ok. He did one time tell his dad he wanted it, lol, so that will be up to him. Yes, it's painful, I assume, but it won't last. Here in Nevada, if you have Medicaid, I think it's free! I called around, so it's an option, but he now says he doesn't want it done!
John Welford Why on earth would anyone even dream of doing this to their child? Even if they are Jewish I would hope that they would have second thoughts about it.
There is absolutely no good reason for a boy to be "cut". There is no medical advantage, it does not improve hygiene in any way, it does not make a blind bit of difference to the sexual performance of a man if he is missing his foreskin, so the only possible reason one could imagine is that it is the "traditional" thing to do in some societies.
As with all traditions, if that is the only reason for doing something it's probably a very bad reason!
Cera Vaughn During pregnancy my husband and I discussed it. I told him it was up to him since I didn't have one. When we took him to the doctor to get it done, she made us sign a form saying that we understood that there was no medical reason to have it done. The procedure was short and the baby (at 2 weeks) hardly even cried. Everything went smoothly and he checked out at his follow up appointment.
Colene Pefley Ok, that picture makes me laugh! I only circumcised my boys because I had tremendous pressure from my family to do so. However, I would never do it again! Although my sons haven't had too much damage and don't seem like they mind being circumcised, I do know that with one they took off more than they should have! I was mortified, but his doctor (who did not do the circumcision) said that he would be fine and it wouldn't cause permanent damage. Now, I think it is so sad that it is the norm. Why put children through this? I watched one of my son's circumcisions and it looked like torture! Never again!