Hello, Im an 11 year old boy, I have a question which is a bit embarrising, when I was born, I was born 3 months early, so they didnt give me a circumsision, now Im 11 and my dad wants me to get one, I did some research about whats good and bad about it, and it seems to me like its all bad, but my dad still wants me to get one, what should I do?
You could try showing him the research so he can read it for himself, but I'm afraid that the ultimate decision is probably up to him since you are under 18 and he is your parent. Just try to share your concerns with him and hope for the best.
My nephew had to have one at 4 because his foreskin wouldn't retract. The only down side was when his mom changed the bandages she didn't coat it with anything and it got stuck. She had to soak him in warm water to get the bandage off and then began coating it with a thin layer of vaseline (on the bandages, not the penis) to keep it from sticking. Josh was so proud of it, he showed everyone!!!
What's your dad's reasoning for getting it done? If it's medical you may want to listen to him. I know it's scary, but most parents only do what they feel is right for the child. But in my opinion you should have a say in what happens or at least wait until you get a little older.
I would also recommend that you talk to the doctor who is going to do the surgery and ask them all the questions. You can find so much on the internet that it's hard to tell if it's good or bad information.
Take care and good luck.
If you don't experience anything bad, you'll never appreciate the good when it comes around!!!
I am from Ontario Canada and barely any doctors will preform a circumsision any more. Most will not do it to babies because it is not there choice, it's the parents. They will only do it when you are old enough to make the choice. Good Luck.
Last edited by Sherri-Lynne; 06-20-2006 at 08:03 PM.