You are probably thinking I am going to tell you that circumcision is bad. Mistaken! I am going to tell you why I chose circumcision for my son (based on scientific evidence). The truth is, I am pretty tired of hearing how bad circumcision is. The latest movement of all natural moms (and I consider myself natural) has gone a little too far for me when it comes to this matter. Before I jump into all the why’s, I want to clarify that circumcision and decisions you make for your child, are a personal thing. Nobody should be pressured into doing something, just because somebody said so. I encourage you to do your own research and base your decision accordingly.
The last several years we have seen the rise of a anti-circumcision movement. Living in America, it’s a pretty novice thing considering circumcision has been practiced and encouraged here for decades. Now, if you go to Europe, you will see a completely different story – circumcision, for the most part, is unheard of. Growing up in Europe, I never really knew about this practice until I was 17 (when I became a Christian); I then learned about it from the Bible. So when I was pregnant with my son, I made a conscious decision to circumcise him based on the research I’ve done.
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, a small flap of skin that covers the tip of the penis, performed during the first 10 days of life. Some parents circumcise their sons because of their religious beliefs and many do it as a part of a family tradition. And there are some that do it for aesthetic purposes.
Circumcision: What You Are Not Being Told
Hygiene. Keeping the penis clean is much easier with a circumcised penis.
Urinary Tract Infections. Studies found that circumcised infants are less likely to contract a urinary tract infection (UTI) in the first year of life. About one out of every 1,000 circumcised boys has a UTI in the first year, whereas the rate is one in 100 for uncircumcised infants. (study)
Circumcision Changes the Penis Bacteria Ecosystem, which leads to lower HIV risks. A 2005 study of South African men found that circumcised men who had sex with an HIV-positive woman were 63 percent less likely than uncircumcised men to contract the virus. circumcision removes what are called Langerhans cells in the foreskin, which are more susceptible to HIV infection. (study)
Reduced Risk of STDs. This is one of the main arguments for circumcision which does have strong scientific backup. The study performed at George Washington University found that circumcision prevents men from the worst cases of STD’s. This happened because the surgery alters the living conditions of microorganisms living on the penis. (study)
Reduced Risk of Prostate Cancers. Circumcision before first sexual intercourse is associated with a reduction in the relative risk of prostate cancer (study)
Reduced Risk of HPV and Cervical Cancer in Women. Circumcised men have a lower risk of contracting the human papilloma virus. The reason HPV is more prevalent in uncircumcised men is that the area under the foreskin provides warm, moist conditions which are ideal for the growth of bacteria and the build-up of dead skin cells. Thus, during intercourse, when the mucosal surface area is exposed, it allows the transmission of HPV and other viruses.
Circumcised men appear to have the same degree of penis sensitivity as men who are uncircumcised. A team of researchers evaluated the penile sensitivity among 43 uncircumcised men and 36 circumcised men through a variety of methods. The investigators found no statistically significant differences in sensitivity between the two groups of men, regardless of whether they had erectile dysfunction. (source)
I encourage anyone on the fence or against circumcision to at least do a little bit of research. There are a lot of opinions without any medical backing. Of course it is your decision and by no means am I trying to start a debate; but as a mom, I just wanted to give you a few reasons that led me to my decision.
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