The Circumcision Decision
The Circumcision Decision
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Posted by Bob In California
on September 02, 2000 at 16:54:08:
If you're having a boy...the circumcision decision is not one to take lightly. It's one to be discussed with spouse and doctors and its one which everysone seems to have a firm opinion on...but not always for valid reasons. Circumcsion rates in the United States (the only country which routinely removes the foreskins of newborns on a regular basis for non-religious reasons) have dropped to an estimated 60%. In the western US there's only about 35% of newborn boys being circumcised.
Circumcision is done by most for the following reasons: "I didn't know there was an option." "I want my baby to look like his dad." "It looks better." "It's easier to take care of." "I don't want him to be teased in the locker room."
Believe it or not, there are people who don't realize that it's perfectly normal and healthy to leave a child's penis intact. More than 80% of the world's boys are non-circumcised with no problems.
Prior to WWII, less than half the baby boys were circumcised. There were a lot of boys after the war who were circumcised who didn't match their dads. So what? It's easy to explain that "your parents wanted what was best for you and that removing your foreskin wasn't necessary."
If you're not been exposed to non-circumcised penises throughout your life...a non-circumcised one may look odd...but its natural and you'll get used to it.
The locker room argument isn't a good one anymore in most areas of the US. Although the midwest still have a circumcision rate above 80%. Many men say even in those instances, they were not teased.
Cleanliness is not hard to maintain. For the first few years of a child's life, the foreskin should be left alone. The foreskin is naturally attached to the "glans" and gradually separates itself...anywhere from a few months of age to age 13. Just wash the exterior. Under the foreskin is self-cleaning. In fact, you'll see some whitish substance from time to time which is "smegma"...an oily cleaning substance combined with shedding skin cells. When the foreskin does retract, the child should be taught to rinse it with clear, clean water. Soap is not necessary...just rub it gently with water. In fact, for most men, water is sufficient...unless intimacy makes it necessary to use soap and water.
The foreskin was not given to males by accident. It has a distinct purpose. It keeps the glans soft and moist, which provides a much higher degree of sensitivity during sexual relations. It also naturally keeps the glans from many skin problems though its natual moisturizing process.
Remember, circumcision does hurt. Having your baby under local anesthesia is important, something the majority of doctors haven't done til recently. The healing process also hurts...as urine and feces attacks to "virginal" glans (which the foreskin keeps it protected from) and it can be quite uncomfortable. Its a fact that there are many more complications from the surgery that just leaving the foreskin intact.
Let you child decide when he gets old enough to make that kind of serious decision. Its his decision really.
I hope you'll consider all of the options before making a decision. Please don't take it lightly.