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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”.
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!
Elice McNeely I have twin boys that are now 19 months old.. . .they were born at 32 weeks and 5 days. One was circumcised the day he was discharged from the NICU 4 weeks later. Our other son was unable to be circumcised when he was discharged after 6 weeks in the NICU. Matter of fact, he wasn't circumcised until he had surgery at 6 months. Before making that decision....we had a LONG talk with the pediatric urologist we were having to see.
I do know even the American Pediatric Association now recommends it be done but I also believe it's a choice the parents should make. As long as it's an educated decision
Tricia Hall I think circumsion is a societall base issue. Americans for the majority elect it. I see the down sides and the upsides. I do not like societal NORMS. I have always bucked most of them as I have never been a follower. On a scientific note, I did the research 10 years ago on the health benefits. I couldn't find conclusive evidence that it was medically necessary so I opted out of getting my Son done. The truth is I wasn't alone. The pediatrician on the floor congratulated me on my decision stating to him it was "elective" plastic surgery that was unnecessary. He also added I was not ALONE it my decision several other woman who had boys elected not to as well. Now 10 years later, my Son has had issues as he doesn't' pull the skin back when he urinates. Therefore occasionally he get's infections. He doesn't suffer I give him cream and it clears up. So if liek any body part it's taken care of right I dont' see the medicall necessity. It;s more of a custom. And for the men who aren't us women well at least me do NOT care. When you are erect we cannot tell the difference. :)
Emily Hargrove My husband has a friend who was uncircumcised and when he was about 16, the foreskin started growing closed around the glandes. He had to get a circumcision at 16 years old and that's not something that they put you to sleep for. He actually sat up and watched them do it. I decided to get my son cut for that reason... everyone told me that I was a horrible person and I should be ashamed of myself for letting someone do that to my baby boy, but I would rather just have the surgery done and him not have to struggle with it his entire life. My husband is uncircumcised and there are a lot of times when he hates it.
Naomi Winkel I personally think it is nasty when a boy isn't circumcised. My husband is and my son is. If this baby that I'm pregnant with is a boy that child will be also. To me I wouldn't want to be with a guy that wasn't circumcised.
Liz Dickey I find it is totally personal, both my son and husband are not, and I do not think there is any extra cleaning, or anything awkward. But sometimes it may be best to go with whatever the dad has, saves lots of questions. I just couldn't stand to have that done to my poor baby (it is done without anesthesia, I wouldn't have anything of mine cut off with out pain killers)