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we want to get our son circumsized but don't know if we should. any advise?

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juicychops Thu 24-Mar-05 19:46:20

the doctor has tried to advise us not to as it is an unnecessary surgical procedure. My partner is circumsized and we both agree it is much cleaner and hygenic but don't know if we should do it or not. has anyone had their young son circumsized? and advise?

Roobie Thu 24-Mar-05 19:48:55

I don't understand why is it much cleaner and hygenic, can you explain?

Jimjams Thu 24-Mar-05 19:54:44

uh oh there have been big punch ups on this before.....

there's a huge previous thread in the archives juicychops although I think a lot is about religious circumcision so may not give the info you need.

juicychops Thu 24-Mar-05 19:55:56

there is no skin there for dirt and discharge...etc to get stuck under

katierocket Thu 24-Mar-05 19:56:28

jimjams is right - be careful!

bundle Thu 24-Mar-05 19:56:45

with good hygiene i believe that can be avoided

princesspeahead Thu 24-Mar-05 19:59:55

in most places you can't get it done on the nhs anymore (unless medically necessary) - what does that tell you? there is nothing cleaner or more hygenic about it and I don't think matching your dp is much of a reason. my dp is circumsized but there was no way we were going to do it for either of our 2 boys. Who are perfectly hygenic!

bundle Thu 24-Mar-05 20:01:32

v common still in the states apparently, it's kinda assumed you'll just get it done. lots of men in california have been "reclaiming" their foreskins...

JoolsToo Thu 24-Mar-05 20:01:33

2 boys both still in tact - I agree with your doctor.

happymerryberries Thu 24-Mar-05 20:04:00

THis was the source of one of the most 'exciting' discusions ever had on MN (that didn't involve grapes).

My son is intact, as is dh. Both are quite hygenic. neither needed circumcision for religious reasons so they were both left as they arrived.

Pinotmum Thu 24-Mar-05 20:05:02

It would be less painful to teach good personal hygiene habits. Neither my ds or dh have had this procedure and are quite "clean".

jabberwocky Thu 24-Mar-05 20:07:09

DS is intact, no problems although you have to watch health professional very closely to make sure they don't try to retract (lots of uninformed ones still out there).

pupuce Thu 24-Mar-05 20:08:53

DH is but DS isn't.... there was no reason to do it. In the US I believe circumcision is declining... hygiene is an old argument but it takes a long time to correct!!

Aero Thu 24-Mar-05 20:09:36

Dh grew up in Zimbabwe and was circumcised. He has absolutely no desire to have our boys done for any reason whatsoever, and I have to say I agree with him. Ds's are perfectly hygenic and have had no problems. I honestly couldn't put either of them through it.

dinny Thu 24-Mar-05 20:10:22

Juicychops, are you mad? Why put a baby through such unnecessary pain???

aloha Thu 24-Mar-05 20:11:53

It isn't cleaner or my hygenic - the skin is there for a reason. Bodily secretions aren't 'dirty' - earwax is there for a reason and so are the secretions on the penis. This is surgery, albeit minor surgery, and I think without a pretty overwhelming reason I wouldn't want to operate on my baby son.

aloha Thu 24-Mar-05 20:13:08

It's like saying, let's surgically remove their fingernails in case they get dirt under them!

pupuce Thu 24-Mar-05 20:15:57

Here is what the American Academy of Pediatrics says:

Scientific studies show some medical benefits of circumcision. However, these benefits are not sufficient for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to recommend that all infant boys be circumcised.

dinny Thu 24-Mar-05 20:16:37

can't believe anyone would choose an operation for their child that wasn't medically indicated. we are facing ds having a small op very soon and I am absolutely terrified.

WideWebWitch Thu 24-Mar-05 20:18:12

Ahem, previous punch up thread here!

pupuce Thu 24-Mar-05 20:19:07

WWW - hey we need some fun tonight WWW

llkjj Thu 24-Mar-05 20:19:29

I vote don't do it, too. A boy can choose to have it done when he grows up; it's his body, should be his choice when he's an adult.

WideWebWitch Thu 24-Mar-05 20:19:31

nutcracker Thu 24-Mar-05 20:20:56

I have a son and i wouldn't do it for any other reason than medical and then i'd be terrified too.

happymerryberries Thu 24-Mar-05 20:24:05

The argument I have never understood is 'My dh has had it done, and we want our ds to be like his dad'. My dh has lost a testicle, but I didn't feel the need to get one of ds's removed so that he could 'look like his dad'

If there is no medical need, or religious reason I'd leave well alone

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