Wednesday, May 14, 2008


You want my opinion: here it is...Don't do it. Sorry to offend family and friends who have chosen otherwise, but unless you have a religious purpose to circumcise your boy, it's purely a COSMETIC procedure. You are snipping your boy's genitals, genitals, I might add, that have a purpose. Foreskin actually helps to extract lubrication from the vagina to make sexual intercourse easier. Sounds good, right ladies? There is all this "old" poppycock about the penis staying cleaner with the foreskin removed. If you can teach your child to clean behind his ears, he can clean his penis. How about the "I want my boy to look like me" argument. Seriously? Would you detach his earlobes surgically if yours were detached and his were attached? What about the "I don't want my son to be teased in high school/college"- Thirty years ago, up to 90% of American newborn baby boys were circumcised; currently, around 60% are circumcised. On the west coast, this figure has gone as low as 40%, and in parts of Canada, 25% and less. Worldwide, the uncircumcised penis is clearly the norm: 85% of the world's male population has "intact" (uncircumcised) penises.

In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement that says the benefits aren't strong enough to recommend routine circumcision for all male newborns. Today, the AAP leaves the decision up to parents — and supports use of pain relief for infants who have the procedure.

If you choose not to have your son circumcised, simply wash your son's penis with soap and water during each bath. There's no need to clean beneath the foreskin until it retracts on its own, often by age 5. Then teach your son to clean beneath the foreskin during each bath — gently pull back the foreskin, clean the area with soap and water, rinse and pull the foreskin back over the head of the penis. After each bath, pull back the foreskin again to dry the area.

Please read this article for a really good unbiased facts including the history of circumcision.

1 comment:

Andrea S. said...

It seems absolutely barbaric to me to circumcise. If we were not meant to have a foreskin then there wouldn't be one to begin with. It is there, therefore it must have a purpose. Cutting it off for any reason is child abuse. Cutting it off without an anesthetic is traumatic to the child for its whole life.
Doctors who perform this act are violating a central tent of the oath they take upon graduation, "...and never do harm to anyone."