Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Cassy | 2009-02-02



My baby is 5 months old and we would like to know if it is too late for us to circumcise him. When is the right time?

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Your baby is not too old, but circumcisions are only done for sound medical reasons.

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Posted by: Anon | 2009-03-31

Cassy, DO NOT listen to this factless bull being stated by NOCIRC. They are against all logic for your son having a trouble free circumcised (and better looking) penis for his life. Get it done and just ignore this drivel stated here. NOCIRC loves to quote statistics. Bottomline, if its what you want for your son then get it done. Check out w w w dot circlist dot com for FACTS and benefits of circumcision.

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Posted by: NOCIRC-SA | 2009-02-03

The foreskin is highly innervated, specialised and vascularized sensitive erogenous tissue. It plays an important role in normal human sexual response and is necessary for normal copulatory behaviour. An understanding of this role is now emerging in the scientific literature. Removal of the foreskin (circumcision) interferes with normal sexual function.

Just for reference, the current rates of non religious ‘ routine’  circumcisions in the 7 countries that perform RIC are dropping dramatically. Currently USA 50%, Canada 12%, UK 10%, Australia 24%, New Zealand 5%, South Africa 10%, South Korea 60%. Globally, only 1/4 of the male population are circumcised (and the majority of these are for religious reasons).

Circumcision was introduced into the UK society late 1800’  s as a way of intentionally desensitising the penis to discourage masturbation and promiscuous sexual behaviour.

The minimal health and hygiene benefits offered by this procedure are far outweighed by the associated risks of and damage caused by this procedure. None of the medical fraternities in these countries recommend non-medically necessitated circumcision.

Lastly, your son may not be happy with his circumcision status as an adult. Allow him to make this choice for himself as an adult.


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Posted by: NOCIRC-SA | 2009-02-03

The South African Medical Association do not recommend circumcision of young children.

The negligible medical benefits potentially offered by this do not warrant the risks of and damage caused by this procedure.

Your sons foreskin is a natural, normal and functional part of his genital organs and does not pose a threat to his general health. Circumcision, a painful and risky procedure carries far greater risks.

Please refer to www nocirc-sa co za for more information on this unnecessary procedure.

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