One of the biggest decisions new parents make is whether or not to have their baby boy circumcised. There are many factors that you will have to consider. For many there are religion, health reasons, family tradition, the actual procedure and how it will effect your son for the rest of his life. There are pro’s and con’s for both sides of the argument. Ultimately you will have to make the final choice. To help you make a informed decision here is some information for and against circumcision.
I am sure many know what circumcision is, but first here is some quick information on the actual medical procedure. The American Academy of Pediatrics states about 1.2 million newborn males are circumcised every year in the United States. Rates vary from state to state, and also from country to country. Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis. The procedure is done usually within a week after your baby is born, and at latest usually before they are two months old. The doctor will separate the glans and foreskin. Metal clamps are used to hold the foreskin in place, and then it is cut to one-thirds it’s original length. In the last step the doctor will place a bell over the head of the penis, then the skin is pulled over the bell and cut all the way around. Even though it sounds complicated the procedure takes only 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
1) Circumcision may decrease the risk of cancer of the penis.
2) Easier to keep clean, which reduces the risk of urinary tract infection, inflammation, irritation and other complications.
3) Some studies have shown circumcision offers some defense against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
4) Also many find the appearance of a circumcised penis to be more attractive, and they will look like the majority of their peers.
5) To prevent Phimosis, which is the tightening of the foreskin.
6) To honor your religious beliefs, as with Christianity, Judaism and Islam, or your culture.
7) If your family wishes for your son’s penis to look like his Father’s.
1)The circumcision procedure can be painful and carries some risk of infection and improper healing.
2) Circumcision increases the chance of Meatitis, which is a inflammation of the opening of the penis.
3) Mother and Son bonding and breastfeeding problems. Some studies have shown circumcised infants feed less right after the procedure, and the infant may feel the mother is the one to blame for the pain of circumcision.
4) Loss of sensation, some studies, though not thoroughly proven yet show some men have more sensation in the penis if they still have their foreskin.
5) Also if you wish for your son’s penis to resemble his Father’s.
6)To honor your religious belief’s and your culture.
I am not trying to sway anyone for or against circumcision. As I stated above it is a highly personal choice, and one not to be taken lightly. Whichever you choose your son will be living with so I suggest a great deal of thought goes into your choice. Be sure to not only get input from friends and family, but research and consult with doctors and pediatrician’s. Our children are the most precious things in the world so be sure you are well prepared when the time comes.
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Parenting-boys.com – www.parenting-boys.com/Pros-and-Cons-of-Circumcision.html
Kidshealth.org – kidshealth.org/parent/system/surgical/circumcision.html#
Medicinenet.com – www.medicinenet.com/circumcision_the_medical_pros_and_cons/article.htm