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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The ABC’s of Circumcision

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  1. Shay says:

    Great article.

  2. Vanessa says:

    How can you people say that a newborn cannot feel the pain of this procedure? That is insane, of course they can feel the pain. They will not remember it, but can feel it none the less. My son is 21 months and I did not have this done. He has never had any issues with UTI’s or any other kind of infection. If you clean it properly and teach them how to maintain cleanliness, there shouldn’t be any issues. For those of you saying it’s easier to clean, I just don’t understand! If anything, his penis being exposed to urine and feces in his diaper would cause more irritation or infection! Just pull the damn skin back and clean it. I would never put my son through the pain and possible emotional scarring of this procedure. But also, for those of you saying this is only an American custom, obviously you are wrong. Jews circumsize their boys as well. Albiet, not as newborns. Leave your babies alone!!

  3. Rose says:

    This article is biased towards circumcision, and I can understand why people elect to have the procedure done on their sons. My husband is circumcised but we will not be circumcising our son. One of the best, most in depth articles I have read on the topic is here:
    I think it’s selfish to have it done for cosmetic reasons, or because the father had it done and you want them to look alike (how often will they be comparing genitals, anyway?) Do your research and make an informed decision!

    • TaraLeigh says:

      Thank you for posting this link! 😀 Now I actually know what the procedure entails, and why I should vote no for my baby boy when he finally arrives 🙂 I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t clicked on this link. I may have gone through with the circ, which I now know I’d heavily regret.

  4. Nena says:

    WIsh it really something a baby boy should get ? I’m having a boy in about 5 weeks and want to know the bad and good of it.

  5. VVanNess says:

    We are both highly in favor of having our son circumcised, but I was told that, like in the Jewish faith, you are supposed to wait until Day 8 before circumcising, because this was when his blood was able to clot, and there is more Vitamin K and prothrombin present in the blood, which means less pain, less bleeding, and a better healing process. Has anyone else heard this? Or done this?

  6. Alanna says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. Ariel says:

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Flo says:

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

  14. Niki says:

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

  15. SarahMay 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. Brandy says:

    Circumcision is what we will have done.

  19. Tina says:

    yup our little boy will be circumcised

  20. ROSA MIA says:

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

  21. 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

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

  23. Marilyn says:

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

  24. 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.

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