That's terrible your DH was never taught to clean his penis by his parents. But I still can't accept that as a reason for circumcision. You say you don't agree that keeping it clean would solve the problems yet also that your husband was never taught to clean it? So was that the issue? If he was never taught to clean it properly I can see why there could be an issue, but then it's a failing on his parents part and not a reason to have a penis circumcised. Many people get annoyed at this analogy but would you have a child's ears cut off because they didn't clean behind them?
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07-10-2013 16:21 #21
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07-10-2013 16:37 #23
Your husband's problems are rare and uncommon. If all or even half or a third of all men out there were experiencing the same issues with their foreskin I would certainly be more pro-circ!
I'm sorry for your husband's discomfort but it's not really clear it's due to lack of hygiene from what you describe.
07-10-2013 16:38 #24
07-10-2013 16:43 #25
07-10-2013 16:46 #26
I don't even really buy the lack of hygiene argument these days... We live in a hygienic country with clean water. Infections do sometimes occur but are treatable and avoidable. More serious issues are rare and nit a reason to routinely circumcise! I'm not sure i have/am teaching my young son how to be hygienic with his penis as he does it naturally, plays and pulls his own foreskin back in the bath.
07-10-2013 16:52 #27
07-10-2013 16:56 #28
"It's cleaner," only makes sense if you're planning on living in filth and disease and having a wash once every few months at best.
My FIL brings it up all the time (DP and his whole family are super pro-circ), and talks about when he was deployed in Cambodia and Papua New Guinea and places like that (he's in the Army), and how they couldn't clean and all the guys who weren't circed got infections blah blah. I think that makes sense, if there's no fold to collect dirt and filth, it's less likely to require regular maintenance. BUT... how common is that situation to your average Australian boy?
On the OFF CHANCE he joins the military and finds himself living in that sort of situation, can he not just get it done himself? No surgery is pleasant, but given one of the wussiest, sookiest men I know got himself done (due to aesthetic preference) as a teen and said it was fine - he just took 2 weeks off to heal - I don't think it's going to be too much of a problem if a grown man decides it may be beneficial to be circumcised.
It's like removing tonsils at birth in case tonsilitis is an issue. Removing breast tissue from young children in case of breast cancer. It makes no sense.
07-10-2013 17:01 #29
07-10-2013 17:06 #30
The point I was making about hygiene wasn't so much about keeping it clean, it's about knowing TO keep it clean. I only knew because it came up in my studies in nursing/midwifery and DH had no idea. I was more saying that it's easy for someone to say "well if you keep it clean you won't have a problem" but you're assuming that 100% of the population know how to clean a penis. I didn't have brothers or any close male family members growing up to know anything about male genital hygiene until it came up when I was in my 20s
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