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Why I choose to circumcise **EDIT** in green

Posted by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 5:53 PM
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When I had my first child I didn't know much about circumcision.  I asked DH who shrugged his shoulders and said "I guess, I am."  End of subject.  It is really sad looking back on it.  We ended up having a girl and when I got pregnant with my son I decided I needed to do some research.  It quickly became a very easy decision. 

These are the reasons I support routine circumcision.   (SEE BELOW EDIT....... bad placement on my part.)

EDIT:  I had a long edit due to requests for information on when the site froze & I lost it.  Unfortunately, I have things to do tonight.  (Sorry!)   PLEASE do your research! 

There is a more current position by AAP which dated Aug 2012.....  summary as per AAP website: 

Evaluation of current evidence indicates that the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks and that the procedure‚Äôs benefits justify access to this procedure for families who choose it. Specific benefits identified included prevention of urinary tract infections, penile cancer, and transmission of some sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has endorsed this statement."  &  "Male circumcision does not appear to adversely affect penile sexual function/sensitivity or sexual satisfaction. It is imperative that those providing circumcision are adequately trained and that both sterile techniques and effective pain management are used. Significant acute complications are rare. In general, untrained providers who perform circumcisions have more complications than well-trained providers who perform the procedure, regardless of whether the former are physicians, nurses, or traditional religious providers."

Here is the link from AAP that covers the update & it is lengthy.   (though interesting)

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/3/e756.full?sid=bd9574fb-4575-4d35-a46e-a63394e68331#sec-11

Link for HealthyChildren.org lists the risks/cons also.  

http://www.healthychildren.org/english/ages-stages/prenatal/decisions-to-make/pages/Circumcision.aspx

Original Post:

"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) found that the medical benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks. They recommend that parents make this decision in consultation with their pediatrician. Parents need to decide what is best for their sons, based on their religious, cultural and personal preferences."

AAP on medical benefits:   "A markedly lower risk of acquiring HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.  A significantly lower risk of acquiring a number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including genital herpes (HSV), human papilloma virus (HPV), and syphilis A slightly lower risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs).... A lower risk of getting cancer of the penis. However, this type of cancer is very rare in all males.   Prevention of foreskin infections.   Prevention of phimosis, a condition in uncircumcised males that makes foreskin retraction impossible.  Easier genital hygiene."

AAP on Social Benefits:  "Many parents choose to have it done because "all the other men in the family" had it done or because they do not want their sons to feel "different."  "....."Some groups practice circumcision for religious and cultural reasons."

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KidsHealth.org:   "Penile problems, such as irritation, inflammation, and infection, are more common in uncircumcised males. "......."UTIs are about 10 times more common in uncircumcised males than circumcised infants."  ...."Circumcised men also might be at lower risk for penile cancer"

National Institute of Health:   "Possible benefits include a lower risk of urinary tract infections, penile cancer and sexually transmitted diseases."

CDC:  "Several types of research have documented that male circumcision significantly reduces the risk of men contracting HIV through penile-vaginal sex.......Finally, the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which independently may be more common in uncircumcised men, increase the risk for HIV acquisition"

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"They found that circumcision "provides considerable protection and over the lifespan makes about a three- to four-fold difference by our prediction, which is quite striking in public health terms," lead study author Brian Morris, professor of molecular medical science at the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, told Reuters Health....Based on those findings, the researchers projected that doctors could prevent one UTI with every four circumcisions, "which is astronomical," Morris said.......The younger the infant, the more serious a UTI can be, the researchers note in their report, which is published in the Journal of Urology. Side effects of a UTI in infants can include kidney scarring, fever, pain and blood infections."

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I don't have any quotes on the risks & problems with older-age circumcisions.  But they are substantial.  I remember reading an article back then from a urologist who needs to perform the older-age circumcisions on some patients because it is medically necessary.  It was pretty shocking to me how serious complications could become. 

I encourage anyone on the fence or against circumcision to at least do plenty of research.  These are snippets so please read the entire medical articles.  Of course it is your decision & I have NO intention of starting a debate.  I am simply saying please make sure you know exactly what risk you are taking.  :)

Again, my whole point is to know WHY it is beneficial and to talk to your doctors.  


Jen
~ I speak from the heart because the truth is always the best - even if you don't know it yet. ~
by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 5:53 PM
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new_mom808
by Andrea on Feb. 21, 2013 at 6:04 PM

 Thanks for sharing!!

elasmimi
by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Do you have any quotes from the other side of the fence? I had my son circumcised because back then it was just the thing do do, w/o question. I won't be making that decision again, one way or the other, but just interested in the other opinions.

Charizma77
by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 8:43 PM

I can see both sides on this but dh decided we. Would have the boys circumcised.

slw123
by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I let my husband make the decision since he's a guy.  He chose circumcision, so that's what we did.

LOswald0314
by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM

 Interesting, TFS

cara124
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Interesting...

ScarletRose4488
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I don't have the any of those quotes... it was 2+ years ago for ds.  That is part of the reason I said moms should research it themselves.  I think you should know any medical procedure's benefits & risks. 

Reasons I have heard include it is unnecessary (you know, the whole that won't happen to me, lol), the dr may do something wrong, or that it is painful.  I asked my PP nurse a few questions (even though I read all kinds of things) and one was about what could go wrong.  She said there was at least a dozen done every day there & she had never seen anything gone wrong. 

The doctors now use local anestetic & pain medicine.  My ds ped said to give him tylenol if he seemed in any pain and he never gave any sign of pain.  He never cried when it was touched / cleaned or anything.  Honestly, I am not quite sure why the infant does not feel pain the same.  My son also needed a procedure because the skin-flap under his tongue went to the very tip of his tongue and so they needed to clip it.  The specialist said if it was done within the first month that they could just use local anesthetic and do it in the office but if we waited until later than he would need general anesthesia & it was actual "surgery" at the hospital.  So there is something about that first month.  Which actually makes sense because I would imagine if the baby felt pain at birth childbirth would be extreamly painful for them too.   KWIM?  


Quoting elasmimi:

Do you have any quotes from the other side of the fence? I had my son circumcised because back then it was just the thing do do, w/o question. I won't be making that decision again, one way or the other, but just interested in the other opinions.



Jen
~ I speak from the heart because the truth is always the best - even if you don't know it yet. ~
sukainah
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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That's very interesting.  I've read some good points on the other side of this too, but we chose to have our boys circumcised

BabyTeki
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM
We choose to circumcize
PrincessZ20
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM
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Almost all of the studies related to STDs/HIV in uncircumcised men were done in Africa, and they don't take condom use or standard hygeine practices into consideration in those studies.  They have yet to be able to replicate those results in a first world nation. 

I note that you didn't include any information on risks of the procedure, just a comment on how serious complications can be when the procedure is done on older age males.  According to a 2010 study, approximately 117 US infants die each year from complications of the procedure (typically bleeding or infection).  Plus, there are a great number of minor complications that can happen (non-fatal bleeding or infections, too much/not enough skin is cut, etc) - I personally know at least 6 young boys who had to be recircumcised as toddlers due to it not being done right the first time.  There is a greater chance of something going wrong during the procedure than of a male getting penile cancer - one of the rarest forms of cancer there is. 

I agree that everyone (not just those on the fence or against circumcision) needs to do their research and make an informed decision, but there is a lot of misinformation and misleading information out there.  Be sure you're getting your information from a credible source (ie - not Wikipedia, lol), and that you research the nature of the studies, not just the findings.  Weigh the pros and cons and decide which option is better for your family. 

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