Getting the snip

Erin - posted on 03/05/2011 ( 65 moms have responded )

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Why is it that you carnt get your baby boy snipped anymore they tell me that its to much for a new born to handle the pain and that it will do some damage to the kid for life but isn't the whole point of getting the kids snipped for health reasons and to stop infections which can lead to many problems when there older

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Corena - posted on 03/07/2011

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I personally know two men, and know of at least 6 who have had to have circumcision done as an adult because of issues with infection. No, they are not "dirty" people.

My son is circumcised. I left the decision up to my husband and he chose to have it done.

I have NO issue with people choosing not to circumcise..I do have issues with people lambasting those who choose to have it done and people who compare it to female genital mutilation. They are NOT equal and to say they are is atrocious.





"Male circumcision happens under medical supervision, unlike the majority of female circumcision rituals. Female genital mutilation typically occurs in a village where there is no medical care. The girls do not receive any anesthesia, which is rarely the case with male circumcision, and the instruments are not sterilized. FGM also tends to be carried out by people trained as the village’s “circumciser,” but not by someone with medical training, meaning the cuts are jagged an inexact.



Male babies in the United States also receive follow-up medical care and can get treatment should any problems arise from the circumcision while girls who are the victims of FGM do not have this opportunity because of poor healthcare in areas where it is performed. Girls die or face infections each year because of the lack of follow-up care available for complications from genital mutilation.



Are FGM and Male Circumcision Comparable?



FGM involves the cutting off of entire portions of the female anatomy. For boys, the removal of the foreskin is more about removing an “extra” piece of skin than removing a center of pleasure. Removing the clitoris, which occurs in many FGM rituals, is done to help ensure that girls do not derive any pleasure from their sexuality, thus encouraging them to remain pure. The male equivalent of FGM would be the removal of the tip of the penis up to and including the removal of the penis and scrotum. Female genital mutilation is far more severe than male circumcision.



Many in the U.S. argue against male circumcision as well. Because FGM is more severe does not diminish their arguments. Male circumcision very well may not be a good idea and may fade out, but that does not negate the fact that the female version is not equivalent in terms of immediate result or long-term consequence."

Dawn - posted on 03/16/2011

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That was not the case in this situation. I have a step son and my husband told me that the band procedure was done to him as well. He had no ill affects he was not cranky and as I said it really a preference. My religion states that the male child should be circumcised shortly after birth. I think anyone debating the issue for their child she just research the procedure and talk to the doctor before abolishing a procedure that has helped other children.
I also believe that for every problem and infant, child, or adult has there are negative affects as well as positive affects. We as parents have to make choices based on the information not just the negative or positive.
I am sorry if anything I said offended anyone that was not my intention. I just wanted to share my experience as well as why chose to circumcise.

Heather - posted on 03/10/2011

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Wow, there seems to be a lot of anger and hatred going on here. This is a very personal decision that is left up to the parents to decide what they think is better for their child. Some parents do not agree with circumcision, and some do. I have a 2 year old, and he was circumsized the day after he was born, for several reasons that my husband and I both believe that it should be done. As for the numbers of circumcisions going down, I personally believe a part of that is because medicaid is not paying for it anymore(atleast they werent in the state where I had my son). We had to pay $200 out of pocket to have it done, I felt it was worth it to pay, but some parents just do not have the money to pay for an extra medical service, whether they want it done or not. Not saying that is the main reason why the stats or so much different, butI believe that plays a big role in why they are, because they had just changed it not too long before I became pregnant with my son. As for pushing our own personal beliefs down this mothers throat for asking a question, I believe is completely wrong@!!!! Express what you feel about the situation, what you think, your beliefs, and leave it at that. Dont sit here and try to make her feel like a horrible mother for making a decision that is hers to make!!! That first video posted in the comments, is way off subject, it was a little girl, in a second world country, with no anesthetics, no sterilization, and she was atleast a year old, almost two! That video has no relevance to this conversation other than its hindrance to make this mother feel bad for her decision! I admit, it is something horrible to watch and think that it is done every day to little girls, but it is completely different than a circumcision done in a professional and medical setting!

Raychel - posted on 03/09/2011

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When they did my son they used a platiebell(sp?) it is a little plastic ring they put on and rolled his skin back on it. There was no knive or horrible bleeding or anything like that. I'm sure it hurt but when we cleaned it he never cried or anything. He got it done because he's dad is and we didn't want him to have to do it when he was older if he wanted. I think it's the parents choice.

Michelle - posted on 03/06/2011

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My son is circumcised and he's fine. There can be health problems that good hygiene alone cannot fix. It's very painful to have to get done as an adult. My sisters boyfriend and the male members of his family know all too well. My son didn't have any pain or discomfort afterwards and I don't think he will hate me when he's an adult because I had it done. I don't think it should be illegal to do it if that's your choice.

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Community - posted on 03/16/2011

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Ladies, please remember that we're here to support each other and offer advice, not to berate or put anyone down. If this conversation continues the way it's going, the thread will be shut down.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Circle of Moms Team

Mabel - posted on 03/16/2011

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www.intactamerica.org/resources/decision
www.netdoctor.co.uk/menshealth/facts/circumcision.htm
www.disabled-world.com/artman/.../circumcised-penis.shtml
www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/.../12-no-to-circumcision -
www.noharmm.org/advantage.htm
www.mothersagainstcirc.org/ -

Need more reasons I have plenty...

Nicole - posted on 03/16/2011

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im sorry i follow procedure. procedure is we are not allowed to give a chld a thermonitor or take a temp reading unless they are vomiting or couching so bad they are . almost hacking up a lung. remember people are from different areas and here i could lose my job . we are not alowed to treat diagnose problems now if you know the parents and feel you can talk to them on personal issues and them not go off the handle then yes you can suggest theyere may be a problem. but other then that no sorry i would lose my job if i out right go to the parent and tell them you need to take your son to the doctor. he looks yellow and has been sluggish. now if the child repeatedly reports pain i have to go to the director and tell them he has pain and that is left to the directors discretion to make a report and hand it to the parent upon pick up. that is how our facility works.

and i do not see why you are getting hostile over kids that are not your own. im saying its parental neglect for not seeking medical care should abnormal behavior arises like yellowing of the skin pain, sluggish behavior when your child is normally bouncy, those are key signs and most parents blow it right over. im not saying you need medical care i am saying the boys who have had it done and they die from it. you know infecion takes tie to fester and shows physical signs and so you know if those signs are ignored thats when babies start dying so like i said parental neglect and meical malpractice. same wiht non snipped peniss'. should infection arise and you dont take a good look during a nappy change or think it will pass that neglect on your part and your son can be hospitalized for it to so you know this door swings both ways your damned if you do and your damned if you dont and frankly i agree with kendall. if you can not pull up studies to show why its better left alone dont force it on other people it is not your right to tell others what to do or dont do .

btw a really nice lady sent these to me and much thanks to her cause i was only going to post a small hand full .you want studies on why here you go.
general health:
http://www.planningfamily.com/newborn/ci...
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles...

http://www.modern-psychiatry.com/circumc...
http://www.circinfo.com/parents_guide/gf...

STD's
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseac...

http://www.physorg.com/news86339340.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15593753/
Sexual effects/sensitivity
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5B...
http://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/news/?Item...
http://discusshiv.com/tag/orgasm/
http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2007/07/2...
http://ezinearticles.com/?Why-Circumcisi...
Cervical Cancer:
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/fi...
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story...
trends:
http://www.jurology.com/article/PIIS0022...
http://health.usnews.com/articles/health...
Discussion groups:
http://www.circleofmoms.com/circumcised-...
http://www.cafemom.com/group/13109
http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppn...
Even the World Health Organization is recommending it now:
http://www.who.int/hiv/mediacentre/news6...
http://www.who.int/entity/hiv/mediacentr...
As well as the CDC:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/...

Dawn - posted on 03/16/2011

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You go Kendall I agree and for every article against there are articles for. The one article I read was the bible. Not every child will have the same experience and like I already said there are doctors who use the newer method you just have to question it.

Kendall - posted on 03/16/2011

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Actually, it's not a waste of time. You seem to get pretty angry about people wanting to get their kids snipped. If you have information to share, that's one thiing, if you are trying to push this stuff onto other people, that's another. It's definately not a waste of my time. I just think you're being really preechy about this whole thing. I didn't get on here to blow air up people's asses. I gave my opinion and then was yelled at for continuing to do so. What do you care if I keep posting about how I plan to get my son snipped?

Mabel - posted on 03/16/2011

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Because I feel the need to educate and to show people another way to do something.I don't get on threads just to blow hot air up someones ass for the fun of it .If I have some info or am able to contribute to the topic then I feel like I have done my part on COM. No your not under my skin I just think you like to waste yours and others time...huh?lol

Kendall - posted on 03/16/2011

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Why do you? Cause you are trying to convince other people that they shouldn't do it. People are allowed to make up their own minds. STOP pushing people. I am simply stating that I am making my own choice, why do you care if I keep coming back?

Oh, and another reason I keep coming back is to get under people's skin. Guess it worked, huh? lol

Kendall - posted on 03/16/2011

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Still having my son snipped. My child, my choice. That's it. That's all.

Charlie - posted on 03/15/2011

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Woops Katherin that's what I meant , thanks for catching that :D

Absolutely men lose more nerve endings that is a fact the sad thing is men who are circed from birth will never know the loss which is why restoration ( even though it only restores SOME of the foreskin ) is such big buisness these days .

Katherine - posted on 03/15/2011

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Loureen, actually, the male loses MORE specialized nerve endings during a circumcision than a female does. Not all female mutilations are considered equal.

I saw someone earlier mention that women lost whole parts of their anatomy during female circumcision. Actually, there are many different kinds, and things like removing the clitoral hood are MUCH different than clitoridectomies, or infibulation. Do you think people would be comfortable with parents choosing to have hood removals done on their daughters if they were performed in hospitals by trained doctors or interns, rather than by untrained people in unsanitary conditions? I mean, if parents could get a girl circumcised in a hospital, it's their choice, right? They were never raised knowing how to clean an uncircumcised girl. Plus, it's much more sanitary that way, at least to their way of thinking.

Also, the foreskin plays an important part in intercourse. It makes it much gentler on the vagina during sex, and enhances the man's pleasure, because he has so many more nerve endings present to experience it with. It also allows a man to hold an erection longer, which is nice. ;)

Charlie - posted on 03/15/2011

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It's a human rights issue that's why , it's not YOUR penis that's why , there are no REAL medical benefits thats why , it is a fully functional part of their sexual anatomy that carries consequences when removed , it is cosmetic surgery performed without the owner of the body's consent to permanantly alter their body that is why .

The sad thing is if it were a girl we were discussing everyone would be jumping up and down with outrage , it's a shame young boys are treated as second class , they are humans with rights .



Your rights end where theirs begin's ......





And Nicole , Im sorry I have no idea what you are talking about .



Why does my son need medical care ? how is this related to this topic , please clarify as far as myself , my doctor and my midwife know my intact son is complete health and wellbeing .



As for it's relation to female mutilation ( nice choice of words ) your right , the fact is males lose far MORE specialised tissue and nerve endings than girls in circumcision .



It's funny how America clings to these archaic ideas of circumcision when Majority of the world has progressed past it , moved forward with up to date information ..... The difference is every other countries healthcare system has universal health care whereas America thrives on the dollars paid by the individual ...... makes you wonder , what is the real motive .



No neglect doesn't play a huge part ....... malpractice ? in some cases the fact is complications are not rare , they do happen and it is because of Unnecessary routine circumcision ...... the key word being *Unnecessary* .



Im not sure where you are from but in my pre school we are not only allowed to advise parents to seek medical advice we can also be charged with neglect if we ignore serious medical conditions still this has very little to do with the topic unless you wish to clarify and give an example of how it is relatable .

Kendall - posted on 03/15/2011

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Oh, and I don't breastfeed and I am having another c-section. Does that piss people off too? It sure seems to. Again, UP TO THE PARENTS WHAT THEY DO!

Kendall - posted on 03/15/2011

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I am not saying that 200 isn't a huge number. I am simply saying that many more children have survived the surgery. Also, IT'S STILL UP TO THE PARENTS WHAT THEY DECIDE TO DO! Honestly, why do you get so pissed when people choose this for their son? It's not your kid, why do you care what other parents do? I don't go around telling people they should circ their kids, please don't tell me not to circ mine.

I am still having him done when he's born. Just sayin'

Nicole - posted on 03/14/2011

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im saying are you that bad of a parent to NOT notice when to take your son for medical care??

what about the millions that are fine? obviously there are two arguments to this and pending who funds what study will show you what you want to see. want one that is pro circumcision it will give you every reason as to do it want one that is against it will give you every reason not to. both can be found via internet . there is no study out there that say it is 100% bad . nor is it related to female mutiliation. and obviously you did not understand why i posted about the statistics or my motive for posting the study of the strollers. like i said parental neglect and malpractice plays a big role in those deaths.

i have had a parent in my day care lose their child to such neglect. they didnt know it was a warning sign and didnt take their son to get help they thought what ever it was would pass. being a daycare provider we are not allowed to suggest seeking medical care unless child is hurt on site nor are we allowed to "diagnosed" but if he had been my child he would have seen a doctor much sooner.

Charlie - posted on 03/14/2011

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Are you saying the 200 dead a year from cosmetic surgery (circumcision ) is worth it because others survived an unnecessary procedure ?
Do you find this number trivial ?
As long as your's survive it's ok ?

Just curious .

If people are that keen to cosmetically alter their penis let them have that choice to do so as an informed adult , let them have their human rights to choice over body .

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Are you willing to take the chance it could be your son who is the one in a million who won't.I 'm not that brave where my kid is concerned especially considering it is a COSMETIC procedure that is not necessary.

Charlie - posted on 03/14/2011

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Your building straw men to argue with though the fact is over 200 babies die a year in the US alone IS NOT a small number and it has nothing to do with four children passing away from faulty strollers , it is not about neglect it is about the dangers , the very real dangers a baby is placed in for this cosmetic procedure , yes it is a horror story but it is also reality , ignorance is ignoring the facts like ignoring the fact a large sum of babies die every year from RIC .

Nicole - posted on 03/12/2011

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you all need to stop scaring parents out there and let them make up their own minds and not bash others for the decisions they make. if they want to circumcise and neglect the care instructions and get their baby sick that is on them. if you choose not to and dont clean your baby good enough that is on you. baby powder fyi cause infections on baby boys cause you can't pull back the skin to clean at early ages. so if your using that then you are not taking proper care. just some food for thought. people need to stop bashing others and telling horror stories cause they think it will get their opinon swayed and won

Nicole - posted on 03/12/2011

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look people we all know som eone and it can be your brother an ex or your cousins siters friend and her brothers cousin 2x removed...ok.

point in the matter is it is rare yes bad things can happen. if you got a bleeder. sure bad things can happen do you know your two day old son is a bleeder , no.



that is like saying i am goign to toss out my brand new 200 dollar stroller cause the try table was too low and it was a lap belt harness and not a 5 point cause some study showed that 4 babies died and 15 others were injured.,..and yes im talking about the older Graco travel systems. ( now think of the MILLIONS sold)



ONLY IGNORANT parents that do not watch their kids suffer from these RARE events. i used that stroller for 1 year before i knew it was on recall. did i have a problem wiht my daughter falling and choking to her death NO. parents that do not sense a problem right away or are more neglegent to their baby's behavior are the ones that have these issues plain and simple. your baby isnt acting right??? dont wait and see if he looks better a day or three days later call the freaking peditrician that night and ask questions. if they think they need to take a look they will tell you so. and if you KNOW there is an issue do not take no for an answer. i called 4 different doctors to have my child looked at . no one wanted to believe me she was sick. and she had bronchitis with fever of 101.2 for over a week straight at 4 months old. if your son is acting sleeppy and lethargic and has tons of blood in his diaper and it looks funny to you call untill you get a doc that listens. they are employed by you ! you can fire a doctor at will and get another.



so to say that a baby boy got refused health care and died is a shame the parent needed to find a better doctor and that IS malpractice. they give you a slip of things to watch out for after a circumcision on discharge papers things like redness swelling looking yellow. baby looking yellow, how to clean and to keep vasaline on it. all this was on my discharge papers though i had a girl. just it was not checked off for me to follow.. if at that point it is parental negligence or doctor malpractice.

Charlie - posted on 03/12/2011

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Because doctors are reluctant to perform unnecisary cosmetic surgery on babies and the fact over 200 babies a year in the US alone die from circumcision makes it not an easy thing for doctors to WANT to do .

Little boys are born perfect leave them intact , if in the future they want comsetic surgery they can choose to as an informed adult , respect their rights to bodily integrity and give them a choice especially considering the suppossed health benefits have been debunked over and over which is why 85 % of the worlds male population is intact .

By the way Dawn when a baby goes quiet during the procedure brain scans on babies show it is the baby going into semi concious state through massive shock .

Dawn - posted on 03/12/2011

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Wow this topic hit some people on a personal level. I have three boys all older now and we chose to circumcise as it is part of our religion. Not everything is for a medical reason. I also have a nephew and my sister chose not to. being her first child he had infections often. I don't think that either way is wrong it is up to the parents or they can leave it up to the child. However I have been told there are many ways this procedure is being done and the newest is not painful at all. They place a ring around it much like a puppy get his tail docked my friend said her son did not even cry when it was done.

Melinda - posted on 03/11/2011

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We got our son circumcised. He was a few weeks old because they had to wait till he was out of the NICU. It was painful for him. If you are going to get it done it should be as young as possible. You don't want them remembering something like that. If you are concerned about getting it done, get all the facts from the doctor. It is something that must be decided by you and your husband. It can't be made by anyone else. Just like Krystyna said no one should be put down because they decided to get it done or decided not to do it.

Michelle - posted on 03/10/2011

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Only since several people have asked there are measures being introduced currently in San Francisco http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/11/1... to ban circumcision and there have been measures introduced in other states such as Massachusetts in the past year or two. That's what's going on with that. You can still choose to get it done in most states but people are trying to change that.

Sandra - posted on 03/10/2011

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Hello! I have 3 boys, and none of them are circumsized. I think that with proper way of cleaning themselves, they will never have any issues or problems. Also, it is against our religion to circumsize boys (we are christian orthodox). My husband says that men that are not circumsized have a better sexual experience because they are more sensitive from being covered by the foreskin. All in all, I think that it is wrong cutting something out we were born with. It is there to serve a purpose of protecting the penis.

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Oh, and it is not as bad as you think. Apparently, it is MUCH worse for an adult male to get it done. My second son we had done the day after he was born, and he took it better than my first who was done weeks later.

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Where are you from? Of course you can get them circumsized. I have 2 boys and they both are - totally my husbands decision but I am ok with it. While you it is ok to not get them done, I have a nurse friend who has seen many OLD, sick men with infections since they can't clean themselves at that stage. That was enough for me to have my sons done.

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It is a very personal decision and everyone has to research, ponder upon and live with whatever decision they make for their baby. We should all be respectful of everyone else's decision and not judge.

My husband is NOT circumcised, and neither are my 2 boys. It was never even a consideration for us. My husband has grown up with absolutely no problems, and he has been teaching the boys proper hygene when washing themselves. Boys will never ever have infections or problems if they use proper hygenic practices in keeping themselves clean. Its that simple.

My personal belief is that boys are born with that foreskin for a very good reason and the body was designed to develop as such in the womb. Someone along the way decided it wasn't needed for whatever reasons, so everyone started cutting it off, and getting everyone else to believe/do the same.

I personally would never subject my newborn son to any such methods of cruel and unnecessary pain. To me, it's unnecessary genital mutilation, no matter how you try to sugar coat the definition.

Ultimately, whatever you decide for your baby, you have to live with that decision.

Kendall - posted on 03/10/2011

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Thanks for the info, but I am guessing situations like that are pretty rare. I still plan on getting my son snipped because it's my kid, and my choice.

Erin - posted on 03/09/2011

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thanks for all you advice/thourghts on this topic i agree will allof you in some little way i think it should be up to the parents and for those parents that want it done have the job in looking after the kid and the needs it will have in the following days and for the parents in which dont want it dont have the right not to and have the job in teaching the kids to clean himself which is not a big deal that is just a part of life

Nicole - posted on 03/09/2011

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my SO is Circumcised my last ex was not. and truthfully. it does not bother me either way. i will admit though that my SO is cleaner in that area. my ex ...not so much. if that is a bit tmi i am sorry. but personally i thought about not having it done if my daughter turned out to be a son. but then my SO told me he would opt to snip the foreskin if we did have a boy. it started a debate but now that i look upon it i really think that is a decision that should be left to the father. i mean both my SO and ex were not affect badly cause of the to snip or not to decisions. they both were healthy and their members didn't fall off and frankly i feel its best done at birth i mean hell we don't remember teething for reason as we don't remember being born. very tramatic. i don't think i would want to remember my own birth just like i do not think any guy would want to remember getting his foreskin snipped.

seriously what next banning birth all together cause they didnt have a choice to be born or not??? o.0 sometimes things happen and we don't get the choice in the matter. and really any guy would cringe at the thought of getting part of his favorite member snipped. even ones that are already circumcised. so really if you deiced to do them a favor do it at birth.

besides you can teach a guy how to wash properly and you can lead a horse to water but you cant make it drink. just saying cause my SO is alot cleaner then my ex. not all guys are like omg shower. some guys for a day wiht out bathing. and put it this way go run two miles sweat really bad then stick your finger in your innie belly button and smell. gross but still same concept with the foreskin. it stays fresher longer between showers.

but seriously to each their own. i think its a personal choice and that no one has the right to slander those that lean either way on their decision.

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my dr snipped my son when he was maybe 24 hours old.. he said the best time to do it is before hes 10 days old. yes it hurts but they have a better pain tollarence(sp) when they are still little and they don't remember as compared to age 3 or so..

Kelsea - posted on 03/09/2011

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I had my son in September of 2010 and we had him curcumsized the day after I delivered him... I guess it depends on the pediatrician or hospital? If you want it done, I'd suggest looking into another doctor or hospital. =] Best of luck!

Charlotte - posted on 03/09/2011

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Snip or no snip it doesn't make a difference from a medical point of view. Hygene is what makes the difference. I couldn't imagine getting my son circumcised! I also find circumcised men are a real turn-off! It's just not natural!

Katherine - posted on 03/09/2011

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They are trying to get it banned in California because it's so invasive. It should be a choice not something just done routinely IMO. It IS painful and just because they don't remember doesn't make it any better.

http://www.thecaseagainstcircumcision.co...

These are just some articles showing that there is no reason to circ.

Cindy - posted on 03/09/2011

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Where are you that you cant get your son circumsized? All 3 of my sons are circumsized & doing just fine.

Melissa - posted on 03/09/2011

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My son was born in 2008, I had him circumcised as a NB as personal choice for his father & myself. The males in both our families are circumcised & as a women of a family of males who are, I admit do not know how to clean an uncircumcised penis correctly so this was an option for me to be able to clean my son properly. Although we did not choose to have him done for cleanliness reasons, it was a personal choice that EVERY parent should make for themselves providing they do research and know exactly how it is done & what risks can occur during the process. No other parent should judge another for their decision about whether or not they have their son circumcised. It is a choice for the family & the family only.

Kendall - posted on 03/08/2011

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I don't understand why people get so upset about this. If you decide to do it, fine, if not, fine. What do you care if someone else decides this for their child? Or doesn't? Seriously, who cares??

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I don't criticize anyone for choosing against circumcision, but I have two teenage sons and a husband, all circumcised, and I promise you they don't remember the pain and they are most definitely not damaged for life! From a biblical standpoint, the Israelites were required to be circumcised, and many of the requirements placed on them in the bible were for health/cleanliness reasons, so I have always believed there was truth to the idea that it (circumcision) prevents infections/problems later in life. This certainly may not be true, but it seems to have taken a long time to determine this if that is the case. If you wish this to be done, I hope you find a way; it seems wrong for the government to make this decision for the parents, if that is the case.

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my son was circumsized in the hospital. they brought the issue up to me b4 i even asked ab it

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I didn't think it was illegal either. I had my son done if i knew what i know now i probably wound't have had him done, my husband isn't circumcised and he has NEVER had any problems and hes very clean. I think its a choice and as a parent you still have a right to decide what is best.

Kristy - posted on 03/07/2011

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Im not sure where you live or where you had your baby, but I dont believe they have made it "illegal" in the U.S. the decision to have your son circumcised is a choice up to you and the childs father.

Mabel - posted on 03/07/2011

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Look people I posted the wrong damn link on the first one OK?! JESUS CHRIST!

Bonnie - posted on 03/07/2011

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It should be 100% up to the parents if they want to have their baby boy circumcised and that is it. Parents disagree with it that is fine too, but don't put them down because this is something they chose for their child.

And female circumcision is different and done for different reasons.

Christy - posted on 03/07/2011

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Uh oh...you are opening a can o' worms here.....

NB age is the best time to do it since they "don't remember it" Not saying that it isn't painful, but really.

Amanda - posted on 03/07/2011

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Erin,
I don't know where you live, but I have never heard that it is illegal to have your son circumcised. My son is not circumcised, even though his dad is, because his dad and I thought it was unnecessary. This is our belief. You and your husband/man/baby's daddy, should have the right to make this choice. I don't want to get into an argument over it. That's not what you were asking for.

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Personally, I disagree with circumcism, but that's a personal belief and I know that many people have it done for religious reasons - fair enough, it's up to them. My main beef is that the child has no choice in the matter - it's something that is forced on them. There is no real medical reason/benefit to having a circumcism - my hubby has never had one and never has any problems in that department. Our son (we both very strongly agreed) will not have one either - he will just be taught to wash carefully and properly - till then, we keep that area clean.



If he decides when he's older that he wants a circumcism, then he can go ahead and get one, but I very much doubt it's a choice he will make. Ask any man who doesn't have one what he thinks of having one done and I guarantee 99.99% of them will cross their legs and wince at the thought!

Julie - posted on 03/06/2011

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@Michelle...I am with you on the pain thing....he isn't going to remember when he's older anyways as he would if he chose to have it done when he was much older.

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