Circumcision To Do or Not to Do

Felicia - posted on 06/09/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi,
I am expecting a baby boy and I am torn to circumcise or not to. I cannot bear the thought of causing my child unnecessary pain and the videos that I see make me cringe.

Growing up I was always taught that boys must be circumcised, my cousins, brothers and uncles are all circumcised. My husband isn't and he doesn't have a foreskin covering his penis. From all that I have read uncircumcised penises have a foreskin...

I don't want to make a bad decision. Do I not circumcise and then my son will end up with a foreskin with infections and all that stuff that I read? or do I circumcise because everyone says so?

I saw this clinic www.gentleprocedurescliniceastgta.ca and thought that this seemed okay. But then again I saw the baby's tummy contracting and that was scary.

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Michelle - posted on 06/09/2015

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I response to Richard's comment about pulling the foreskin back: NO you don't until it can retract on it's own.
I have 2 boys and haven't had them circumcised, they haven't had any problems and they know how to was properly. There's no need for it and the reason you have said about infections are false. As long as the boys have good hygiene then there aren't any problems.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/10/2015

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Don't mutilate your child cause others say to do it. This is your childs penis. He has a right to have it the way he was born. There is no true medical science behind the benefits to circumcision. You would be authorizing the doctors to cut off a normal and healthy tissue for what??? There are a ton of nerve endings in the penis that the foreskin protects. Removing that skin actually decreases sensitivity. It also protects the penis, keeps it naturally moist. There are so many real reasons NOT to circumcise.

The people that are telling you to circumcise, it is not their penis. It is not their choice. It isn't your penis either. It is not your choice. If your son wants it done later in life, it is his decision. Don't take away healthy skin just cause others say to. My son is not circumcised. He is 9 years old and has NEVER had a problem.

MaryAnn - posted on 06/10/2015

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I... personally wouldn't. There just isnt a need. It isn't less hygienic. If you properly care for him (which isnt significantly different) it is less likely to get infected than an open wound. Even after healing... into adulthood... unless he is living in trenches or refusing to shower for weeks on end
... still not more likely to cause infections. Unless it is medical necessity (the doctor would let you know, its rare and it would be obvious) or a personal vanity choice (he would be old enough to do it without your knowledge) the only argument left for it would be judgement from your family... but chances are, you'd get it from his instead.

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