Circumcisian - To cut or not to cut?

United States
December 26, 2007 10:13pm CST
That is the question. I just read this on a website: http://www.circumcision.org "Based on a review of medical and psychological literature and our own research and experience, we conclude that circumcision serious, generally unrecognized harm and is not advisable." Do you think that circumcision is a good thing or a bad thing? And to the ladies, which do you prefer in a man...circumcised or uncircumcised or does it matter? ~~Taz~~
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@johndur (3050)
• Pasig, Philippines
27 Dec 07
circumcision is a good thing,since there is no foreskin in your genitals.its more clean looking than uncircumcised and because of our beliefs which is written on the bible that you will be one of Gods people if you were circumcised.but it was on the old testament alone when one needs to follow every word that god wants you to do in order to belong to his people.unlike now were God will look at your heart rather than your physical.but still since it is a belief it should be done according to what people wanted.
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• United States
27 Dec 07
Can you tell me where in the Bible it says this? Just curious.
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• Canada
28 Dec 07
Curious thought - why would god create man with a foreskin if it wasn't meant to be there, and was supposed to be removed?
• Greece
28 Dec 07
These are nonsense! Surgeries approved by god itself, what a c***p. The reason is plain simple...the water was precious than gold in those parts and they bath once a year!!! Since then, many things have changed (we discover soap and aqueducts) so i think we clean our hidden parts a little better! Agree?
• United States
27 Dec 07
Hmm im amazed by hearing that quote. Did a doctor say that? I couldnt find on the site where it was said. Everything else i have read (other then on the site) says that its perfectly safe. Im pregnant with a boy and we have already made the decision to have it done. The dr. gave us papers saying that men that didnt have a circumcision had more infections. And as for your question...i think circumcised is better. I had a boyfriend once that wasnt and lets just say he had a LOT of problems. I think having it done is much better.
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• United States
27 Dec 07
It's at the top of the page in the blueish grey section. I was shocked to read it. It also says that it is only common practice in America. That's strange to me. I think circumcised is much better because the extra skin doesn't get in the way or cause pain for the man or for the woman. Congratulations on your little one. I wish you well!!
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@eden32 (3978)
• United States
27 Dec 07
"I think circumcised is much better because the extra skin doesn't get in the way or cause pain for the man or for the woman." The skin of the foreskin shouldn't cause either partner pain. The skin protects the head of the pen*s & the sensitive parts that end up dulled in cut men. I've seen several botched circs, please spend some more time researching before deciding this for your son. It's not perfectly safe.
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• United States
27 Dec 07
Eden, I understand what you are saying and it may be true in most cases, but I've experienced pain with an uncir'd man and he with me. If the foreskin is pulled the wrong way, it does hurt. As far as cleanliness is concerned, you don't have the space for bacteria to grow if the man is circumsized. I was just wondering what people thought about it. I have a preference, but I don't discriminate. Smile!!
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@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
27 Dec 07
My first husband was circumcised so this is all I new until I got married the second time. My second husband was not. He put me in mind of a donkey.lol They say that it is more hygenic to be cicumcised and I agree. I had more problems with my second husband and cleanliness. They also now say that the uncircumcised are more likely to harbor the HIV virus and eventually contact AIDs. In the third world countries, they are encouraging men to get circumcised as the first line of defense against AIDs. Shalom, Adoniah
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• United States
27 Dec 07
I have found that those men I've been with that were circ'd were less prone to infection or bacteria. It's a good thing that those countries have realized this as an issue. Hopefully it may help some people live a little longer. Thanks!
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@killailla (1301)
• Canada
27 Dec 07
I personally could not bring myself to get my son "cut" when he was born. I thought it was total brutal to put your child through that. HOWEVER, now that I am in the health care industry, I have become alot more educated in the process whereas I wasnt really at all back then. I really wish my son had had it done when he was a baby and I will get my future children done. I always thought that he could if he wanted to get it done as an adult. Which i now know causes more complications and hurts alot more...so i doubt he will choose to when he grows.
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@Harley009 (1420)
• India
27 Dec 07
To do it or not is one's choice ... But circumcision don't make any problems or harm and it gives more clean and less problems.i.e. only good happen on circumcising. It is a usual practice in many countries like USA and Philippines. Muslims guys are circumcised always, and so do I ;)
• United States
27 Dec 07
It is most definitely one's choice and I don't know if I could be a parent that had to make that choice for my son. I think it would hurt him, but also know that it may help him in the future and his health. Thanks for your response!!
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@Harley009 (1420)
• India
29 Dec 07
I remember those days I got circumcised, cos it was done when I'm about 5 :) It was not much hurting, Doctor will do an injection not to know the pain, and do it with in 10 minutes and just use a tape over it :P, and then I came back to home with my parents :) and then resting in bed for few days with a cloth over adjusted without touching *** lol :) I remember when my brother circumcised he peeled off the masked tape in sleep :D
@mrsjbelle (1641)
• United States
28 Dec 07
To me it doesnt matter at all. My bf isn't circumsized but both of my lil boys are. I read that it will help them not get UTI's and such 7 easier to clean. My bf got a yeast infection once. I think its easier to get with that flap there.
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@mrsjbelle (1641)
• United States
28 Dec 07
I asked him about it just now and he said his was from his sugar levels he has diabetes. I think a few minutes of a baby screaming is worth it in the long run. My bf was wanting to get his done now talk about ouch. If you sleep with someone with AIDS you may get it whether your cicumsized or not.
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@irishidid (8116)
• United States
27 Dec 07
I made the decision not to have my son circumcised. I found no reason for it either for religious or health reasons. In sixteen years my son has had zero incidents of infections, bacterial problems or even pointing laughter from anyone in the locker room shower. I have trained him from a young age to keep himself clean and pay attention to certain parts.
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• United States
27 Dec 07
Exactly. Soap and washrags do wonders over scissors and screaming infants. Clean it! Simple as that!
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@Mickie30 (2636)
27 Dec 07
Well unfortunately as a mother I have no choice in the matter. If I ever had a baby boy he would have to be circumcised 8 days after he was born. As a mother this is something I wouldn't want to subject my child to, but I also have other family to think about. My mum and dad would probably not speak to me again if I didn't have my baby circumcised and for the reason of my son knowing his Grandparents I think it might be a small price to pay. I know that he would be a lot more hygienic apparently men without the foreskin sweat a lot less.
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@mcjustin (82)
• United States
27 Dec 07
I can't understand why this is still an issue. Circumcise, and do it immediately after birth. This is far easier on the baby. I'm told that I was circumcised 2 days after birth. Thank God I have no memory of it. I understand that the catholic's wait till the child reaches 11 or 12 years of age...I just can't fathom that! The bottom line is that circumcision after birth is much easier for a parent to handle. 3-5 days and it's healed. No worries about bacterial infections in the infant and young adolesant years, and your child doesn't have to face the trauma of having his Pee Pee sliced when he's in his early teens!!!!
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@gmakesmoney (2923)
• United States
27 Dec 07
I think it really depends on the beliefs of the parents, some people are 100% for it while others would never dream of doing it to their child. I plan on adopting toddlers as opposed to birthing myself so I'm not sure if that's something that I'll have to deal with. I think if a child is small enough to not remember the ordeal then for the hygiene factor it might be worth it. As for what I prefer in a man, circumcised or not doesn't matter as much as his heart does.
@cinthita (11)
• Peru
27 Dec 07
i think is clean when u do that..and well i oprefer circumcised man cause it does not look too ugly hahahh
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@skinnychick (6937)
• United States
27 Dec 07
Personal preference is a circumsized weinie for me. My son was circumsized, cried for only a second and has never had a problem. It is a completely safe, 2 second procedure. It really is a personal preference for parents and as long as the child is taught to clean it right whether or not they are circumsized- then there should be no problems with the region.
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@sarr115 (19)
• Canada
27 Dec 07
Both my sons are circumcised. I know my brother had tons of problems not being circumcised and needed it later in life. From the research I've done, its well worth it. If I could give you just one site, check out: www.cafemom.com/13109/
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• United States
29 Dec 07
Thanks for stopping by Sarr. I will be sure to check out that site.
• United States
1 May 08
I personally had my son circumcized and i would not have it any other way. When it comes to my partner, I want them circumcized also!
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@edigital (2711)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Circumcision is a good thing. In Muslim religion circumcision before reaching 5 or 7 is must for men. In Egypt women also take circumcision as I read in newspaper. Do you know what impact circumcision has on men and male/female relationships? Results of the latest research are causing a closer look at this common, yet disregarded practice. A growing number of circumcised men are breaking the silence and expressing concerns about their own circumcision. What they have to say needs to be taken seriously. Some men have discovered a connection between their circumcision and adult feelings related to sexuality, women, self-esteem, and other issues. Circumcision may be the missing piece of the American male psychological puzzle.
• United States
31 Dec 07
If my Mother did not have me circumsized I would be really MAD. 1 of my friends isnt and we use to always pick on him for it. But its just gross not being circumsized in my opinion
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• United States
29 Dec 07
I just had a baby boy in July and when the nurse asked me if I wanted him circumcised I honestly did not know which was better. She told me that it would be easier to clean if I did circumcise him so I did and my husband is too. I'm glad I did have my son circumcised because it is super easy to clean but his first few days at home, it was hard to look at it. It looked so painful!
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@dreamy1 (3818)
• United States
27 Dec 07
I've never been with an uncircumsiced man so I don't know the difference. If I had a son I would leave the decision up to his father since he would know more than I would about how things work down there. I say whatever nature gave you leave it alone.
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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
@sarr115 (19)
• Canada
30 Apr 08
I posted this link before, but there are good health reasons for circumcising: www.cafemom.com/group/13109