The ABC’s of Circumcision

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If a little boy is in your future, chances are you will hear the question, “Will you have him circumcised?” In addition to understanding both the pros and cons of this procedure, you will want to consider your family’s personal preferences, as well as any cultural or religious views regarding this.

Confused already? Here is some information to help you sort through all of the above.

As a result of a circumcision, the foreskin (the skin that covers the penis – also called the prepuce) is removed. This is most often done within the first or second day of a baby’s birth. An anesthetic can be used to numb the area, and generally the procedure is completed within 5 to 10 minutes. Health risks are relatively low, especially when performed on a newborn. Risk factors increase to babies older than two months of age, as well as to grown men. The most common complications include bleeding and/or infection in this area.

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  1. Avatar of Alanna Alanna says:

    My son’s father feels very strongly in favor of the procedure.

  2. Avatar of Dianna Dianna says:

    I’m having a boy, and he will get to keep the body he was born with. HIS body= HIS rights! This is a HUMAN RIGHTS issue. Watch a few circumcision videos and you’ll see how inhumane and cruel this mutilation is, especially on the most innocent and helpless… a tiny newborn baby! Its insane that people would want to do this to the precious life they created.

  3. Avatar of Ariel Ariel says:

    I’m having a boy and he is definitely getting circumcised.

  4. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    If we will be blessed with a boy soon, we will opt for circumcision. I am not sure though if it is at birth or postpone later.

  5. Avatar of sahi sahi says:

    i still dont know what i should do with my boy i have 4 months left and im undecided and worrried! i need help

  6. Avatar of joyce joyce says:

    My husband and I have already discussed this and we have already decided that we are going to have this procedure done on our son.

  7. Avatar of Lauren Lauren says:

    My youngest brother was uncircumcised because my dad didn’t like it when my older brother was. He didn’t stretch properly and had to be circumcised at 13!! I will not let my baby go through what my poor brother had to. Circumcision for us.

  8. Avatar of Flo Flo says:

    I will be sure to get my son circumcised before we leave the hospital

  9. Avatar of Niki Niki says:

    A circumcision will definitely be in my son’s future, despite any extra cost!

  10. Avatar of Sarah Sarah says:

    I will NOT be circumcising if we have a boy. It’s absolutely unnecessary. If cleanliness is an issue, then perhaps it’s the PARENTS that should be looked at and their apparent lack of hygiene teaching skills. My partner is not cut and we are choosing NOT TO MUTILATE.

  11. Avatar of gfeld gfeld says:

    I will be circumcising god willing. One thing I learned is that it’s best to do it on the eighth day because then, on that day there is a boost in the amount of white blood cell count that help the child heal faster. Jews do it on the eighth day for that very reason. One should have a person or doctor that has done the procedure many times before and one that you have heard from references glowing reports. If done right, it is the healthiest option for males.

  12. Welcome to the world, now prepare to be mutilated because a healthy diet &exercise hygiene is too much to ask! Sickening absolutely sickening! They left off sex change operations & horomone therapy in the cons list. Let alone looking at and comparing female circumscion also has the above benefits yet we don’t do that-why because it’s toeturous mutilations same for boys! Give a human a choice-if they want it they can decide so as an adult-it should ve banned!

  13. Avatar of Brandy Brandy says:

    Circumcision is what we will have done.

  14. Avatar of Tina Tina says:

    yup our little boy will be circumcised

  15. Avatar of ROSA MIA ROSA MIA says:

    I am still undecided if our little angle will be having a circumcision when he born…

  16. Avatar of Crystal Crystal says:

    My son was born in 1982. I asked the doctor to cercumsize my son…he said it was not needed, I insisted, because of my belief in cleanliness, and it was my choice to make…. This just goes to show I was right in wanting what was best for my son! So at that time 1982 it was not done routinely… Never regretted the choice I made. Ha so now my thoughts on it have been confirmed!
    Sincerely Crystal Elk

  17. We did this with our son and the first days were horrible because he would cry and it would hurt him.

  18. Avatar of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    I don’t think I’m going to do it since it’s not even necessary!

  19. I’m shocked that in a first world country people are having this debate. Why anybody would mutilate their child for the sake of "maybe this or maybe that"is beyond me.
    How would you mothers out there who are for this like to have female circumcision done to you with out your consent?
    I’m a Mother of five and would never participate in genital mutilation.

  20. Avatar of Melissa Melissa says:

    I had this done to my first son, without reading this…. So I will have it done to to my baby boy that is on the way. It is alot easier to keep clean, I used to be a CNA and working in a nursing home with old men that never had this done was nasty. Very hard to keep clean so they didn’t get infections.

  21. Avatar of Sierra-Dawn Sierra-Dawn says:

    I loved reading your Opinion

  22. Avatar of Sierra-Dawn Sierra-Dawn says:

    I was gonna have my son snipped but after reading this I think I will opt out

  23. Avatar of fossey2 fossey2 says:

    "Lowers the risk of penile cancers in adult men…maybe I should remove my breasts, ovaries, uterus etc.. to lower my risk of cancer. "May help reduce infection and/or swelling to penis"…well jeesh…I get horrendous yeast infections that causes redness and swelling despite my efforts to avoid it…maybe I should try to reduce the swelling by having my labia removed??? "May also reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases"….rather than slicing off a part of the body that GOD created…maybe we should teach our children better moral values and monogamy with a husband or wife…something MANY people have forgotten God intended as well. What’s left? UTI’s…..women get them…men get them….keeping yourself clean is the BEST way to avoid this for MOST people…not hacking off parts of your body. Just my opinion After hearing from my good friend who is a Ped’s nurse that she spent a good 20 minutes applying "pressure to a newborns penis" to keep him from hemorrhaging after a botched circumcision…I chose NOT to have this done to my boys……to each his own I suppose.

  24. Avatar of jennifer jennifer says:

    this does not sound "biased" at all

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