January 13, 2007 4:26pm CST
before i used to think that it is a must for males to be circumcised preferably at a young age. I had this thinking for years. then i came across this article in a book that says that there are more benefits to being uncircumcised to being circumcised. Now am puzzled. What's the truth to this?
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14 Jan 07
In the Philippines, we practice circumcision because it is a religious tradition. Healthwise, it is beneficial because an uncircumcised male organ gathers smegma when it is not properly cleaned and that can cause infection.
13 Jan 07
My view is, if its not broken why fix it. I know it is done for religious or medical reasons and it has been said it can protect men from genital cancer. But I'm sure if men keep themselves clean I don't see the point. I have read that alot of men have started a movement to reclaim their foreskin and have had surgery. I had concerns over my son so I researched it on the internet and nowadays doctors will not curcumcise if its not essential. Heres a website I found when I was researching it. It does not advocate circumcision I must admit. Have a look if you want. http://www.norm-uk.org/curcumcision_lost.html
23 Jan 07
wrong. it WAS done for hygiene reasons, now there are very few people in developed nations have any trouble getting soap or to a clean source of water. also, i have to laugh at thinking something is "clean" by having no foreskin. in fact, those with foreskin may be more inclined to dutifully clean the "male organ".
14 Mar 07
Oh, circumcision! Very timely, indeed, now that summer is around the bend. With a jolt of nostalgia, we boys in the hood had to form a beeline to a quack doctor whose tool of the trade is a little Swiss knife we call "korta" and a soft branch (the stem of the banana leaf, I guess) with which he would pummel the "korta" inserted into the hood of our foreskin. Once it's cut open, the "magtutuli" would then spit out leaves of a guava tree he's been chewing onto the fresh wound, and lather the mashed leaves like a poultice on the cut. A ritual to manhood, it was. Sort of male bonding, too. A few days thereafter, we would head off to the sea, the saltwater flaking off the dry clot which the small fish also nibble away bit by bit. It was fun! Boy, they don't do circumsion anymore the traditional way.
26 Jan 07
my son was circumcised when he was just 10 months old. It was a necessary procedure because his urinary tract infection wouldn't go away. he had a complete work-up and everything was OK, his kidneys, bladder. What he had was what the doctors call, phimosis, which is excessive foreskin which caused the retention of urine in it.
• United States
16 Jan 07
Most do it because of religious belief. There is some, but very little, medical evidence saying being circumsized is a good thing to do, but that is only if you are not clean. As for infection, it depends on how much foreskin there is and what type of head one has. Some are closed very tightly and some are more open (just like a woman). My belief is that foreskin is there to protect the head and make it sensitive during the time it needs to be... like most men have a problem with this!
• United States
14 Mar 07
It's not really a must for all males to be circumcised. It's a matter of choice. The downside of not getting circumcised is the accumulation of bacteria (or smegma) because the presence of the foreskin could trap some secretions, which causes the bacterial build-up. I'm a Filipino and most of our males are circumcised even as early as birth. There are a lot of myths about this, but actually, many mothers believe that it's better done earlier than to be subjecting the older children to it later on. As to preference, I would prefer a circumcised guy because I had a terrible experience in medical school. We had an outreach (free circumsicion in the provinces). There was a 50-year-old guy who wished to be circumcised. I was assisting, when suddenly, there was a sudden squirting of green, foul smelling fluid from his male organ. Words cannot describe how I felt at the time! From then on, I wouldn't in the life of me marry someone who's uncircumcised. Sorry about this but bad experience.
• United States
16 Jan 07
Parents have it done for either religious reasons or personal preference. I have 3 boys, none of them are circumcised. I didn't see a reason for it. But my best friend also has 3 boys and all of hers are. So far, my kids have never had any problems because they are not circumsized.
16 Jan 07
Nowadays it's often hard to find a doctor that will perform a circumcision - depending of course on where you live and if it's part of reglions etc. There's really no need for it - many will tell you it should be done for hygiene reasons - but having a shower and washing etc really isn't that hard. Obviously the foreskin is there for a reason so why remove it if it doesn't need to be? I've never read any articles that explicitly state it should be done for 'x' reason and no doubt if I found one I'd come across another with an opposing viewpoint :-)
20 Jun 07
circumcision is a form of body modification. no child should have a body modification chosen for them, as it is their body, no one elses. body modifications shouldn't be carried out until the owner of that body is old enough to make "informed consent" to understand the consequences, the risks, the benefits if there are any, and the disadvantages. I wouldn't pierce a child that hadn't asked for it, or that had asked but didn't understand the full situation. I wouldn't tattoo a child just because I like tattoos. I wouldn't cut off a part of the anatomy that is there for a good reason. the foreskin protects the more sensitive part of the anatomy. it protects it from infection, keeps it clean (hygiene isn't really the issue. if you have a foreskin and wash you are clean, if you don't have one and don't wash it properly because you think you don't need to, then you will still stink) you get dirty people with and without foreskins. not having that protecting piece of skin can cause loss of sensitivity, and loss of what I am told is quite a pleasant friction. lets say you have no eyelid. the eyeball will become dry and desensitised to feeling as much as it would otherwise. circumcision WILL NOT PREVENT HIV. if you are sticking it in an infected person, then a lack of foreskin will not protect you. the way I see it, nature put that little bit of skin there for a reason. there is no good reason to remove it, except where there is a (rare) medical condition due to it being too tight. if a grown man wants it done, that's his choice.