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Old 01-08-2009, 03:26 PM   #1
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Are you circumcised?

Catchy title, eh?

Our daughter is turning 1 year old next week and she has been such a joy in our lives that we are planning out our next child. The subject of circumcision came up when we were discussing aspects of raising a boy, were we to have one next.

Here in Europe, this procedure is not commonly performed. Usually only certain religious groups have it done. But in the U.S. this is still much more common.

I was born in 1971, which according to Wikipedia, was the high point of circumcisions in the U.S. with a rate of around 90% of all males born. Everyone I new growing up was as well. When I was a kid and saw those naked African kids on National Geographic, I assumed they had some kind of deformed penis, but alas, they were just uncircumcised. Turns out perhaps I was the deformed one.

I've read about the medical reasons for and against on the internet and that most medical groups these days don't recommend it as routine.

Still though, I wouldn't mind hearing a little first hand information from some people who have had to make this decision themselves, either recently or in the past. What did you choose and why? Also, I'd like to ask the doctors on the forum what trends they may be aware of in the real world. Are doctors refusing this at all or staying relatively neutral on the matter?
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Old 01-08-2009, 03:52 PM   #3
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My grandson was circumcised recently. But I didn't question the parents; that's their decision. One good thing I learned. The pediatrican uses a local anesthetic. Can you believe that this is relatively new? You poor guys must be deeply traumatized. More than you know
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Both my sons were. The pediatrician said that studies show it is healthier than not doing it. However, they did not allow the parents to be in the room when they did it, too traumatic for mom and dad..........
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Still though, I wouldn't mind hearing a little first hand information from some people who have had to make this decision themselves, either recently or in the past. What did you choose and why?
The changes that parenting brings to one's life...

Anyway, we pondered this particular question almost 21 years ago and the advice we liked the best was "match whatever Dad has".
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I thought this procedure was on the foreskin of technology..........
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Got any other tips?
No, I think he covered everything.
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Catchy title, eh?
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Not a doctor or a mom, but my advice as a female partner of men would be not to do it, if you can avoid it. I think intact guys have more sensitivity and I experience more pleasure, too; some men have reportedly even gone to the extent of getting a re-constructed foreskin. I tend to think anything natural is made that way for a reason.. think of when you have a band-aid on your finger for a while, and how that area of skin feels when the band-aid comes off.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:20 PM   #12
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I am not. I was delivered by a female doctor in the 50's. It is barbaric and the child should be able to make the decision at the age of 18! I didn't even know I wasn't until I was 16 or so. Who's doing all the peter checks to figure out who's "normal" or not? I attended public schools and showered at gym and no one ever pointed it out to me. I believe I read it reduces a half inch or so. It is abuse!
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I don't agree. My husband is circumcised, as is my son and grandson - not for religious reasons. It is much easier to keep the male's genitals clean and I understand that statistically it is healthier for their wife. I believe sexual satisfaction is the result of technique and emotional connection, not foreskin.

This procedure should be done by a health care professional. It does not impact the length of the penis.
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BBC NEWS | Health | Background Briefings | Aids | Circumcision cuts HIV risk

Seems like circumcision reduces the spread of HIV. Don't know about other STD's.

As far as an 18 year old making that decision..... right! I can't see any 18 year old guy saying 'Sure seems like a good idea, could you put a ring and maybe a stud in at the same time!'
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I don't agree.

This procedure should be done by a health care professional.
When you grow a penis you get a vote or I'll start voting against women being able to deal with their own body issues.

Agree that a health care professional should do the procedure AT the request of the "proceduree?" Eaiser to clean. Are we that lazy that we're willing to give up NERVE ENDINGS?

How bout female circumcison?
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When you grow a penis you get a vote or I'll start voting against women being able to deal with their own body issues.

Agree that a health care professional should do the procedure AT the request of the "proceduree?" Eaiser to clean. Are we that lazy that we're willing to give up NERVE ENDINGS?

How bout female circumcison?
Obviously you feel strongly about this, but female circumcision is something completely different and is a misnomer.
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Yeah, right. But the same stupidity is expressed to validate both.
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Are you circumcised?

Hold on, let me check............. Little buddy says he ain't talking.
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