Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Windy | 2012/04/10

Q.

Circumcision

Hi doc,

My twin boys are just over a year now and we have decided that they should be circumcised. Are we doing it a t too late an age? The boys were born 3 mths preemie, so we didn''t want to do anything until now. They have had their ups &  downs.

I am also not sure who we should consult for this. Do we ask the paediatrician? Please advise.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You will probably get lots of advice on this forum about your decision.Your children are not too old for this to be done. Circumcisions should be done by a urologist. Ask your paediatrician to refer you to a urologist.

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Posted by: Ann | 2012/05/01

Windy, so sorry to hear about your loss. I want to commend you for doing what you believe is right for your sons by getting them circumcised. WJA trolls this website. He is a pedophile that has a foreskin fetish and gets his jollies telling parents how wrong they are. All his so called expertise comes from intactivist websites where they manufacture their own statistics and surveys and ultimately publish it where they can then quote fabricated information. Its all based on lies. Then they pull the guilt trip on parents like you who are looking for more information on circumcision and preach what a bad parent you are by even suggesting it.

Have your sons circumcised. It IS more healthy and the results are much better when being done at a very young age. Good luck and congratulations on making a lifelong health decision for your sons.

Reply to Ann
Posted by: Windy | 2012/04/23

My hubby is circumcised. Our decision to circumcise has been due to two factors, health risks and religion.

And just to let you know WJA, one of my little ones needs eye surgery later this year and it will be done under general anaesthesia. I guess you think we should abandon surgery rather than take the risk of anaesthesia. We may live in Africa, but we have great doctors. Don''t you try to send me on a guilt trip. I watched one of my children die last year from kidney failure, so the one thing I am not, is a negligent parent. Whatever decisions I make concerning their health, it is done with serious consideration.

The reason it wasn''t done before they left the hospital, is because they had many challenges at that period. We decided to hold off with circumcision until they were older.

Reply to Windy
Posted by: Tessa | 2012/04/14

Lisa, I for one would not be around an uncircumcised man. Foreskins smell and make smegma all the time. While soap and water may clean it for a few minutes, I have to agree with Kari, it does not last long before it smells again. My husband and sons are all circumcised. All done at birth. I would not want it any other way, nor would my husband. Its a parenting decision that a responsible parent makes, just like having a kid vaccinated as questioned above. I had one boyfriend that was not circumcised, every time he was aroused, his penis would smell and it was not pleasant. Never had sex with him as I did not want his smelly penis anywhere near me. In looking at all the health benefits of circumcision, it just reinforced that was the right thing for my sons. My husband and I have both had great benefits from him being circumcised as well.

Reply to Tessa
Posted by: Anon | 2012/04/14

Hey Lisa, did you also chose to leave your son to make his own decision on getting vaccinations? If not, then you did not follow your own statement of allowing him to make his own decisions about his own body and choose if he wanted to be vaccinated. I would love to hear your argument on that.

Reply to Anon
Posted by: Kari | 2012/04/14

Frank the troller. Please state the source or sources of your so called facts. Last I looked at the WHO or the AJM, their statistics were way different from yours. I believe you have once again (as always) pulled your information from an intactivist website/s Every single one of your so called benefits are nothing but lies.

Lets see, you have never had smegma since you yourself are circumcised, so making the claim of soap and water only is good until you have been out of the shower for lets see.... a few minutes??? Smegma is being produced all the time in the inner foreskin covered by the glans, especially when a man is erect and horny. So your statement is a lie. After 8-10 hours, pulling back a male foreskin will leave a penis with a bad pungent odour. That is a fact. Another fact is that always having to run to take a shower right before sex, is an absolute deal breaker for me and many other women.

Your trolling this site is the act of a pedophile. You profess to be a foreskin expert have dont have one yourself. Dont try to re-live your foreskin wishes on other parents kids. You are a real sick person.

Reply to Kari
Posted by: Lisa | 2012/04/12

Hi Jen, my partner is NOT circumsized. As he (or I) have had no infections at all ever he could not really give a good argument for circumsizion could he? Yes WJA soap and water is a good way and should be used whether you are cut or not. A good hygiene routine is all that is needed. And yes i do want what is best for my son thus i will leave the him the option to do to his body what he himself decides. Just keep it clean for heaven sake.

Reply to Lisa
Posted by: WJA | 2012/04/11

Windy,
Are you really prepared to risk the lives of your mot precious son''s undergoing general anesthesia for what is totally unnecessary surgery to amputate a part of their penis and deny them their full right to a healthy physical and sexual life?

As the for the ''benefits'':
- A decreased risk of urinary tract infections < 0.7% reduction
- A reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases in both men and women of circumcised partners - No medical fact here
- Protection against penile cancer ,0.0001% and a reduced risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners < 0.002%.
- Prevention of balanitis (inflammation of the glans) and balanoposthitis (inflammation of the glans and foreskin) - This occur so infrequently that there are no real comparative stats.
Prevention of phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin) and paraphimosis (the inability to return the foreskin to its original location) - Again < 1.2% of adult males ever suffer from this condition.

Circumcision also makes it easier to keep the end of the penis clean. Ever hear of soap and water? HHmmm

Your sons have the right to an intact body (yes that includes their penis) and are the only ones who have the right to make this decision for themselves.

Reply to WJA
Posted by: Jen | 2012/04/11

Windy, have them circumcised as soon as possible. Speak with your pediatrician and if you dont get all the info from him, ask to be referred to a urologist. They specialize in men and women''s plumbing and will be able to do it for you. The other thing you can do is ask where there is a clinic that does circumcisions. They can certainly help you. Good luck. Your son''s are very fortunate to have parents that think ahead and want what is best for them.

Lisa, to follow on to Ann''s question.... If your partner is circumcised, then you certainly do not want what is best for your son or his future lovers. YOU and your partner have benefited by his circumcision in many ways with the health benefits that have been proven:
A decreased risk of urinary tract infections.
A reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases in both men and women of circumcised partners.
Protection against penile cancer and a reduced risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners.
Prevention of balanitis (inflammation of the glans) and balanoposthitis (inflammation of the glans and foreskin).
Prevention of phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin) and paraphimosis (the inability to return the foreskin to its original location).

Circumcision also makes it easier to keep the end of the penis clean. So did you really do your son a favour by not having him circumcised? So you enjoy a healthy, clean, smegma free penis during lovemaking in your vagina, but that is not good enough for your son or his future partner? WOW. I guess double standards will continue.....

Reply to Jen
Posted by: Kari | 2012/04/11

Frank, are you here trolling again??????? Tell all the parents that you are circumcised, loving your penis that way and glad your parents loved you enough to have it done when you were an infant.

Reply to Kari
Posted by: Cora | 2012/04/11

Windy, our neighbors just had twin boys who were born at 33 weeks. They were both circumcised before leaving the hospital. One was done 10 days after birth and the other at 14 days. Neither have had any issues. The sooner you have it done the better. Less pain and issues. If you wait much longer they have to go under general anesthetic that can be very expensive and have side effects for them. My own son was circumcised a day after birth with no issues. As a teenager, he is very pleased we had it done as an infant.

Reply to Cora
Posted by: Ann | 2012/04/11

Hey Lisa, is your partner circumcised?

Reply to Ann
Posted by: Lisa | 2012/04/10

I fought with my partner not to have our son circumcised at birth. He will make that decision for himself. It''s his body not the parents!

Reply to Lisa
Posted by: anele | 2012/04/10

it is the right time although you could have sent them earlier,

frank if a parent has made a choice about circumcision let them carry on and just be there for them, clearly windy is not asking wheather do do the deal or not but she has already made up her mind,

i personally do not have a problems with uncircumsised but if a person wants to then it is their choice.

Reply to anele
Posted by: Frank | 2012/04/10

Windy,
Allow your sons the opportunity to make this life long decision for themselves when they reach the age at which they can understand the implications hereof.

Reply to Frank

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