Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Circumcision?

So what are peoples thoughts about circumcision? In the hospital most nurses and doctors strongly recommended us against this. In most cases they scolded us for even thinking about it. We were more than frustrated. I have heard of a few cases where older men had to have this done and it was extremely painful and had major health implications. In the hospital they gave us very dated information that recommended against this procedure. In the last while I have heard information about why not to do this procedure but have never seen any data about health complications of males that do not have this done. Below is some reading that may help with your decision.

Circumcision - Wikipedia

Opponents of non-therapeutic circumcision claim infant circumcision infringes upon the individuals bodily rights, is medically unjustified and it adversely affects sexual pleasure.[9] Circumcision advocates claim it is a worthwhile public health measure that has no substantial effects on sexual function and has a low complication rate when properly done.[10]

The American Medical Association stated in 1999: "Virtually all current policy statements from specialty societies and medical organizations do not recommend routine neonatal circumcision, and support the provision of accurate and unbiased information to parents to inform their choice."[11]

The World Health Organisation (WHO; 2007), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS; 2007), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 2008) state that evidence indicates that male circumcision significantly reduces the risk of HIV acquisition by men during penile-vaginal sex, but also state that circumcision only provides partial protection and should not replace other interventions to prevent transmission of HIV.[12][13]

The American Medical Association defines “non-therapeutic” circumcision as the non-religious, non-ritualistic, not medically necessary, elective circumcision of male newborns. It still advocates that medical associations in the US, Australia, and Canada do not recommend the routine non-therapeutic circumcision of newborns.[36]

Circumcision advocates argue that circumcision prevents infections and slows down the spread of AIDS.[37] Opponents of circumcision question the ethical validity of removing healthy, functioning genital tissue from a minor, arguing that infant circumcision infringes upon individual autonomy and represents a human rights violation.[38][39]

Circumcision Benefits

Circumcision - To Circumcise or Not Circumcise

What do you think?

7 comments:

Tina said...

To be honest, I'm against it. It's not medically necessary and I don't think it's right to make a decision about someone's body that's not reversible. But to each their own... we all make the decision that we hope is best for our child/ren.

Rob Monroe said...

Glad that I didn't have to decide. Hooray for girls.

I have no problem with it, though. I don't think that you should feel any guilt about "making a decision about someone else's body" either. You're a parent, that's your job. You have to decide what to feed them, and that has more of an adverse effect on a child than cutting off foreskin.

My cousin will never recover from what her parents have done to her. I would much rather loose a piece of skin which has no real use.

momat35 said...

We chose not to circumcise our baby boy. Health concerns may be valid in places where regular hygiene becomes an issue, but this does not apply to us.... We don't subscribe to a religion that obligates us to circumcise, either.

Jamie said...

Our son is intact also. Daddy had no interest in it but I did a lot of reasearch and decided that I didn't want my son to go through that. The pro-circ reasons just fell short in my eyes.

FAMILY FIRST said...

I did not even want to consider it since the day my little rascal was born.

Anonymous said...

We opted to circumcise both of our sons. My grandfather ended up having to be circumcised at 13 and it was an extremely traumatic and painful experience. I'm sure this is the exception and not the norm, so I do understand why parents would choose not to have the procedure done. It really is not medically necessary, although there are some potential health benefits. There's actually a really great debate about circumcision at www.opposingviews.com/questions/should-boys-be-circumcised Experts from both sides debate the issue and make some interesting points...great read on the topic!

Circumcision Sunshine Coast said...

I really think the decision to circumcise is really up to the family. Everyone in my family is circumcised, however my grandfather is not. Unfortunately he has had numerous foreskin related problems throughout his life. I didn't want to risk such problems for my sons so I chose circumcision.

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