Circumcision - For or Against?

@anniepa (27162)
United States
November 23, 2007 12:27am CST
What's your opinion on the circumcision of baby boys? do you think it's necessary or are you among the growing number who feel it's no necessary? I have no boys so I'm not a good one to say but it seems that if it has been done routinely for all these years why the change? Annie
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
23 Nov 07
I had all girls also, anniepa, so I can't give an experienced opinion on the subject. I do know, however, that I was asked to make a decision before the births of each of my children. I have heard that it is more conducive to proper hygiene if it is done. I remember when I was in high school a boy had to have it done for some reason and it was the talk of the school.
@anniepa (27162)
• United States
23 Nov 07
This is a subject that's always confused me! My husband isn't circumcized but his younger brother is and I'm not sure what the reason is, if there's a reason. I know it's generally done a day or two after birth because it's not as painful then but I didn't know the skin grew back so it's better to wait for that reason. There are so many different opinions on this I'm quite intrigued! I know it's part of the Jewish faith but I'm not familiar with the reason for that. I can imagine what that boy in high school went through; the other kids, boys especially probably had a field day with that. Poor kid...lol Annie
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@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
24 Nov 07
Hi anniepa i am muslim and in our relegion its must to get boy kid circumsized there is no age fixed for it but as far me first year its better as kid is not moving that much and stay in bed, if u do it when he grow up then its hard for him to stay in bed and its not difficult or dangerous, its just like very minor surgery and hospitals have proper arrangement for that its saying its good for health. Take care
@lucky_witch (2713)
• Philippines
24 Nov 07
Well, for me I am for circumcision. I think its cleaner if the man is circumcised. According to my partner too, it is cleaner if they are circumcised. So, if I will be having a son, I would prefer to have him circumcised. I believe that there is no negative effect of having a man circumcised, and it is highly recommended too.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
24 Nov 07
I think they probably aren't necessary but if I had a boy I would have it done. The reason is I have slept with guys that were and guys who weren't and I think the ones that are have a better looking part. I think the loose flappy skin is ugly and a turnoff.
• United States
23 Nov 07
It all depends on the parents religion.If it is their tradition, then their son will be circumsized.But if their parents religion doesn't require circumcision, then their son won't get it.It is a tradition with my religion so if I were the mother type and I had boys, they would be circumsized.The problem is when one parent wants it and the other doesn't.Then what should be done?
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
23 Nov 07
We adopted our sons so do not know if they were circumcised or not, but with all the trouble with cleaning, I would say it would be advisable since not all men are that careful and if the man has Vd being uncircumcised might make it easier to spread. When it is done, the infant will soon forget the pain and in the hospital the doctor would make sure to use a pain killer (my Latin is not so good). I think those not in favor of it are thinking of the absence of s*xual pleasure that a non-circumcised male provides, rather than the health benefits.
@jcj_111776 (3221)
• Philippines
23 Nov 07
I believe that boys should be circumcized at an age that is most appropriate. When I gave birth to my son, my husband and I have decided to wait for the best time for him to be circumcised. My husband have read that circumcision done to baby boys won't be that effective as the skin will just grow back. So, with that in mind, we have decided to let him undergo that procedure when he turns 10 years old. But as of last week, he might have to be circumcised much earlier than we have decided on. His pediatrician have strongly advised for him to be circumcised as early as possible because the chance of having urinary tract infection is greater for uncircumcised boys. If we are to wait for a much later age, then we should expect our son to suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections.
@furion1 (274)
• Philippines
23 Nov 07
It is necessary! That method makes boys cleaner on that part. It is mandatory but the boy may decide when he is going to take on that "challenge". To my understanding, some countries does not really support the idea of circumcision, but I am also a resident here in the Philippines and I say that the people here are more conservative than others. I think all male pinoys are circumcised! It is more like a part of our culture now and is a process every boy should take. Boys who are not circumcised here feel ashame because other boys may tease him a lot. I think there won't be any change here in the Philippines.
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@nengs10 (3189)
• Philippines
23 Nov 07
In general, it is really recommended to all boys. It is necessary to keep up one's hygeine well. Cleanliness is very important. For some, they say that it helps the growth of kids.
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@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
23 Nov 07
They say that having it circumsized at birth the skin grows back again to cover the penile area. But for me as I am circumcised I feel more comfortable it is already exposed its less sensitive than when it was still covered by foreskin. Cleaning is a bit easier than if you still have your foreskin. I could imagine when I was not yet circumcized when I urinate sometimes the opening won't open immediately but when I got circumcised those were solved already and as I said cleaning was much easier than before.
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
23 Nov 07
I think it needs to be done. I think it should be done, because the Bible says to do it. That is all the reason I need.
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@dreamy1 (3818)
• United States
23 Nov 07
I don't think it's necessary to circumsize. If that's how the creator made it why cut it off? I don't have a son but if I did I'd leave that decision up to his father because he would know more than I would about those things.
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@Raymo23 (466)
• Uganda
24 Nov 07
Jesus Christ, the creators own son was circumcised, so I do not see any problem with it from a religious view point. God actually directed the Israelites to circumcise their male children, and I think that means God legitimated it. Don't you?
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@dreamy1 (3818)
• United States
24 Nov 07
I don't believe in the bible so I don't take what's in it as the end all be all of everything.
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@urbandekay (18314)
26 May 08
All surgical procedures are harmful and justified only where the benefits outweigh the harm. Most national medical associations including that of UK, do not recommend routine circumcision. There are no health or hygiene benefits where adequate washing facilities are available. Any unjustified harmful procedure carried out on an individual that is not able to give informed consent is abuse. Routine infant circumcision is, therefore, abuse. The majority of men in the world are uncircumcised. Some individuals have experienced trauma on circumcision. Pleasure in love making for the male is reduced and some women report for them too. all the best urban
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• Canada
24 Nov 07
I am against it unless its nessisary. I have a son and he is not circumsized because when I had him they would have held him down and cut without freezing and that to me is cruel. From what I understand it was routinely done because it was in the bible and because its easier to keep clean. My son has had no problems with cleanliness so if I ever have another boy I will not do it.
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@zelayo (9)
• Chile
24 Nov 07
Well i think that when you have a son (or daughter as well) you don 't want anyone to touch you child unless it's extremely necesary :-) Anyway i don't think circumcision it's not mandatory for a boy. I never got it and i never had any trouble at all in any aspect of my life. I don't believe in circumcision as an higienical surgery, Higiene comes from the teachings of your parents.
• United States
23 Nov 07
I just had a baby in June, and he was circumsized at about 2 days old in the hospital. It was my choice, of course, but I chose to do it because his father, who I don't talk to anyway lol, is NOT circumsized, and he had all kinds of problems with it. Like, if it's not super clean ALL the time, you can get rashes, infections, etc....obviously you want your son to keep it clean either way, but I don't want to risk his health for teaching him a lesson about it. I think it's a good idea, and I definitely would not wait until the child was older so they could choose. That would be farrrr to painful, and at 2 days, my son had no problems with it at all, and it healed beautifully.