Summer is a time for ...circumcision?
April 27, 2009 12:13pm CST
Here in the Philippines, it seems like summer is the chosen for a lot of young (and sometimes old) boys to be circumcised. I am inundated with requests to organize an Operation "Tuli". That's the Filipino term for it. I know that it is also being practiced in other countries though I am not exactly in which specific ones. I was able to talk to one guy before who didn't have any idea what it is so I assumed that he has not undergone it. The most number of patients that we've had in a day was 137. The request that I got today is supposed to be for three days. But why is it very popular? Some said that it makes them more of a man. I also heard that a child grows faster after having one. Which beliefs are true and which are not, I am not sure exactly. Is it really that painful? Or scary? Those who've had it, do tell. Or else you can just share anything about this practice in your country or community.
28 Apr 09
Well i think it's partly true because when a boy gets circumcised, he is usually near puberty stage which means he is developing to become a man. It just appears like it's a belief but i do think there's a scientific explanation like the thing i mentioned earlier (...too early like one sentence ago. lol!). I can't say if it's painful or not because i was too innocent to know as i was circumcised when i was still a baby. Well on behalf of the boys, i do think it's pretty scary especially if it's the traditional type.
28 Apr 09
Well, some boys get scared even if its not done traditionally. We've had those who are supposed to be next but they'll ask if they can still pee and never come backor those who'll cry while still on the line up to the time they go home. The older ones are more likely to faint or look ashen. I do agree though that the growth spurt might be attributed to puberty rather than circumcision per se.
28 Apr 09
Yeah summertime is the best time for circumcision here in the Philippines. Mainly for 2 reasons. It is vacation for students and during summer the wound caused by circumcision heals in just about a week. And you may consider the projects of the government regarding free circumcision services held in clinics and health centers.
28 Apr 09
I think so too. I think it has become a tradition and an important rite for boys during summer.My group tandems with the Philippine Army's medical team. They provide the medical personnel and we provide the medicine/medical supplies. We also coordinate with the requesting party. It's fun but quite tiring during summer season. Thanks.
27 Apr 09
i never had either one of my boys circumsized,i dont think theresa nything wrong with ahving it done but i feel that they are born like that for a reason and it shouldnt be removed.i had a freind who just recently had her newborn son circumsized and the poor baby cryed for 2days and it looked sooo painful!i am so glad i didnt do that to my boys cause i woulda felt so bad!i think the only down fall maybe for not having it done is bacteria buildup if u dont make sure its cleaned properly but other then that i dont see any reason to have it done:)