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    Hospitalisation and the like are such things that happen without Circumcision. There have been many to jump onto my case for the need of circumcision when parents have made the decision to get it done. Their is a need obviously and if you need to find a doctor to do it you can ask if I know of any in your area. I hate knowing about boys going through those nasty infections, and I would think when older the boys would be cleaner as an added bonus. I was never given the choice about circumcision and I am so glad about it.
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    If the procedure had no benefits it would never have been done in the first instance.
    I'm sure the girls in Africa who've had their vaginas circumcised would not agree with you.

    Love the link, JohnC. Excellent.

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    Big difference between a female being circumcised, for them it is mutilation, it is removing the clitoris.
    I also don't believe it is the same as "cutting off a breast, removing a gallbladder, appendix or tonsils at birth just in case".


    My boys were not circ'd but at age 3 my eldest had to have surgery to have it done as his foreskin was so tight when he peed it would fill with pee and then squirt everywhere. He had to have a spinal, was put under and had stitches. Took 12 months before he could wear jocks without being in pain.

    Im not for or against circumcision, parents choose to do it for many different reasons. Preventing possible future issues is not a bad thing, doesn't make you a bad mum for thinking of the just in case. It is up to you whether you think it is worth doing.


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    Would it be the same for someone who had 3 boys, all had had to have surgery at a young age for it....would it be silly of them to do it "just in case" for boy number 4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyboysMylife View Post
    Big difference between a female being circumcised, for them it is mutilation, it is removing the clitoris.

    Actually women can also be circumcised without being mutilated in a similar procedure to men and it's done in a few cultures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfish30 View Post
    Actually women can also be circumcised without being mutilated in a similar procedure to men and it's done in a few cultures.
    In fact, for our nearest neighbour and the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia, female circumcision involves no more than a slit in the clitoral hood; that is, it is less severe than male circumcision. Yet this is totally banned in Australia.

    As for medical reasons (a different matter again), 97% of intact boys make it through to adulthood without undergoing a "medically indicated" circumcision. And of the 3% who are circumcised for medical reasons it is unclear how many are the victims of overzealous parents trying to "clean" and prematurely retract their foreskins, or doctors with a poor understanding of normal anatomy. For instance, "ballooning" when urinating in young boys is not generally regarded as a problem anymore, and is self-resolving with age.
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    I haven't read other comments so apologies in advance if you already have your answer.

    My son needed to be circumcised due to a tight foreskin when he was eight weeks old. It was the toughest decision I have ever made.

    When he was 6 days old the MACH nurse noticed he had a very small opening. I then had two different GPs and a urologist look at him to give their opinion. The urologist and one of the GPs were very much against circumcision whilst we spoke about it until they looked at his penis. All medical professionals advised I have the procedure ASAP.

    I researched a doctor who had an outstanding reputation and had been performing the procedure for 30 years. We used the plastibell method and he was awake for the procedure, I waited in the waiting room - crying the whole time.

    Minutes later they bought him out to me. My son was smiling and chatting away, the nurse and doctor said he was the happiest baby they had ever met. The mums always struggle more than the baby.

    We did have a problem with the bell falling off over night meaning I woke to a bloody mess in his nappy. But I took him straight into the doctor and all was fine.

    A week later he peed on me for the time- fire hose style. Something he couldn't do before because of how small the opening was.

    If I had another son with the same problem I would do the procedure again. However, if I had another son and he has a "normal" penis I wouldn't put him or myself through it all again .

    Feel free to pm me if you have any questions. It isn't an easy decision to make and you will face a lot of judgement for it unfortunately

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    Opinions vary on when foreskin "tightness" is a real problem requiring surgical intervention; see this recent thread on pinhole phimosis and the research article to which I linked.

    It's also true that many doctors when faced with parents who are adamant that their son has a "problem" that needs to be "fixed" will acquiesce to circumcision, whether or not the procedure is actually required.

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    To the majority on here that like to complain about why circumcision is such a bad thing. You keep talking about lack of sensitivity etc as a basis of why it is not such a good idea. Have you ever thought of such things as excessive masturbation being a cause of the lack of sensitivity being what you might know of too well if you have a foreskin and that is one of the original reasons why circumcision was introduced to reduce that tendency. I do not hear too many men complaining that have no foreskin, some do but a low number.

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    I have 3 sons, none have been circumcised despite their father having had some kind of medically indicated surgery when he was small which means he has a partial foreskin.

    The fact that their Dad had an issue never registered with me as a reason to cut them, all it meant to me was that I needed to keep in mind the possibility that they *may* be susceptible to some kind of condition, and educate them very well about caring for and cleaning themselves, and to make sure they tell me immediately if anything happens they are concerned about.

    In my eyes it was about acting early *if* anything might crop up, and being aware, just as you do with any kind of family medical history.

    Communication, awareness, education, not premature (likely unnecessary) surgery.

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