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The best age for Circumcision

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As the mother of a circumcised boy, I am very pleased with all our decisions regarding the details of his circumcision.

I had my son circumcised when he was 4 months old, under a general anaesthetic, in a private hospital with a doctor of my choice who I knew to be very experienced and highly recommended in the field of circumcision.

The procedure cost twice as much as it would've had it been in the hospital as a newborn, as they would not have used anaesthetic.
The anaesthetists fee was almost equal to the fee for the actual circumcision.
Nevertheless, I am still glad I made the decision to wait till the 4 month mark to have it done.

As my son was born in a private hospital, I was asked if I'd like it done then and there in the hospital, but I declined as I had not had time to make an informed decision at this stage.
(They do not offer this in public hospitals, as the procedure is not covered under Medicare anymore, and is considered 'elective'.)

After I decided I'd be choosing to circumcise, I realised I was pleased I had waited because I was able to choose the doctor and hospital it was done at, instead of just having the doctor who was available that day in the hospital.

With this area of the body I think it's quite important to make sure it's done well by an experienced doctor.
I am also comfortable knowing that it was not a painful or traumatic experience for my baby (whether or not he has memory of it or not is irrelevant to me), and that it was done well.

I think there are so many things to worry about with a newborn, and a healing circumcision would just be another thing on the list. I'm pleased I waited as was able to be more thorough in making sure it healed properly and without infection.

I would definitely do it the same way again and would recommend this way to anyone else having a baby boy.

I'd also be e interested to know of others experiences and opinions on the circumcision of their son/s, so please share!

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Alex - posted on 11/06/2014

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Abuse ?? You're either an idiot or a guy who haven't had a circumcision.. !

Circumcision is a necessity for every boy !!

Marie M. - posted on 03/04/2016

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Maybe it would be better to wait till the boy was a bit older? Perhaps 12-13 or so?

User - posted on 04/20/2012

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Forced genital cutting of any child is abuse. You can find all the medically fraudulent excuses you need to "justify" cutting off what would become a part of the body no man in his right mind would want to have amputated, but you will not find much acceptance for this mutilation from me. I was cut as an infant and so much of my penile skin was taken that sex was painful and erections too tight. Foreskin "restoration" has alleviated that somewhat but the horror of this unwanted and unwarranted remain.



I work to educate and eradicate this sick form of child abuse.



Every child has an inalienable human right to the body they were born with. The self serving nonsense here cannot justify genital cutting without consent, which by legal definition is sexual battery.

Kelsey - posted on 04/14/2012

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Thanks for your post. I'm in Canada where almost no hospitals will perform infant circs unless there's some medical problem. You have to book with a doctor within the month and there are fees. They differ depending on where you are.



I have two boys, a 4 year old and a 14 month old. Both were circumcised within a few weeks of birth in the doctor's office. They were both given painkillers prior to the procedure. The same pediatrician performed both of them for me, and they both turned out quite similar. It was a great experience and truthfully it didn't seem to bother either of them that mch

John - posted on 01/23/2015

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i agree with Sammie. there's no rush unless for some medical health reason. we're brothers of five and had our circumcision during our teen years, in short we developed our body to the mature age well. Now i had three sons and i made a mistake in my first one which i wasn't thinking clearly that time due to the excitement having a first born as a boy and my wife decided to have him circumcised after birth.

for the infants, what i did is, every bath they take i make sure that their private parts is cleaned well even when just changing diapers. most infection arises as far as i noticed, in when babies penis is not position upward that could block their ability to urinate well. i even let the baby free of wearing diaper when i'm just around with him playing to ease himself for sometimes.

during potty training, i tried to teach them how to clean their penis by washing without retracting it. and sometimes during those toddler days i joined them when bathing so that i know that they're doing what i taught them. now my youngest is 11yo and uncircumcised but never had a problem with infections ever since.

as they grow, try to educate them, introduce them to the process and benefits so that their fear will overcome.

so true, the mature age is when they're strong enough to have it done.

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Liz - posted on 09/13/2016

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Most Canadian hospitals will circumcise shortly after birth if this is the parents' choice.

Jamshaidakhtarpl - posted on 10/16/2015

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recentelly it has been proved by the babies have circumcision have minimum chances of HIV and cancer rather tha non-circumcision...
and muslins, jewish and christins hily books have reference regarding circumcision please just write on google and read references..........

Ashley - posted on 04/20/2012

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Im sincerely curious as to why after four months of your our son being healthy happy and whole you still decided to remove a valuble and normal part of his body? Can you list your deciding factors? I have lots of reasons for not agreeing with infant circumcision and my main problem is that parents are choosing for other people to have body parts removed. This is a basic human rights issue. Your rights stop where another persons starts, and I'm pretty sure your rights end where his body begins. We are so caught up with our right to choose in this country that we are taking that away from our own children. If you were able to wait the four months, perhaps it would have been better to wait until he was potty trained so there is not an open wound in a diaper. If you can wait that long, you can wait until he can decide for himself.

Gayle - posted on 04/20/2012

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Leave the decision to the owner of the penis! Infants don't need cosmetic surgery.

User - posted on 04/20/2012

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I circumcised my oldest child almost 16 years ago and I deeply regret it. When I became pregnant with my second son years ago I poured myself into research on every angle of circumcision and didn't find one single valid reason to do it to him. Every reason I was given for needing to circumcise my oldest was disproved everywhere I looked. I even turned to Dr. Sears, as he is well known as a well respected pediatrician, and he even said that there were no true benefits and called it cosmetic surgery. When I realized all the complications that can occur, not just during or immediatly after the surgery, but later on in life when my son was an adult male, I realized that as his mother I had no right to do something so permenant to his body that he will be forced to live with for the rest of his life. I kept my son intact and we have had no problems at all. I now look back and wish I had been this informed when I was faced with the decision to circumcise my oldest because I would not have had it done. I have spent years continuing to research circumcision issues and trying to educate others using my own person situation. I have helped sway several people and have saved their boys from this outdated procedure. Most other countries in the world do not circumcise. 80% of the worlds male population is intact. Other's are looking at America and wondering what is wrong with us that we keep doing this to our boys and thinking we are insane. Now I can see why they think that.

Angelsailor288 - posted on 04/20/2012

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I'm not sure why cutting off a piece of your sons body would be a great experience? Its pretty barbaric. The best time to circumcise is when the boy/man who the penis belongs to decides. But why would he want that, when it would make sex less pleasurable for him?

Sammie - posted on 04/20/2012

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The best age for circumcision, is when the person whom the penis is attached to, decides he wants it done.

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