posted 3rd Aug '12
I belong to a circumcision support group on another forum, and I found this post in the group really helpful:
Right now there is a lot of opposition to circumcision even though evidence in favor of circumcision has never been stronger and the procedure has never been safer.
I've noticed a lot of people argue that it should be the boy's choice when he is older, and that should be his decision alone. To me that is like saying children should only be vaccinated when they become adults as it should be there choice to get vaccinated for meningitis, measles, mumps....and other childhood disease. But then most of the effectiveness of the vaccine would have been lost as they would have gotten sick when they were younger.
All the research is coming out showing that most of the benefit to circumcision is if boys are circumcised before they become sexually active, and preferably in infancy.
As a male gets older, circumcising becomes more dangerous and the risk of bleeding increases significantly. The safest time to circumcise your son is within the first month after birth. During this period of time, complications are estimated at 3/1,000 the vast majority of which are minor, such as minor bleeding or infection. Because the foreskin is not yet fully develop in infancy, no stitches are required and the risk of bleeding is minor, and the risk of infection is significantly reduced because healing occurs so quickly. Also it allows the doctors to use non-surgical methods of circumcision such as the plastibell, where like the umbilical cord, the circulation to the foreskin is tied off rather than cut.
In children the risk of Urinary Track Infections UTI's is greatest in the first few years of life. UTI's can lead to serious kidney illness, including kidney failure and death. Uncircumcised boys are at a 10 times higher risk of developing UTI's. Less importantly, circumcision enhances individual hygiene, eliminating the risk of phimosis (tight/painful foreskin), paraphimosis (foreskin trapped behind the head of the penis, that can lead to the loss of the penis), and yeast and other bacterial infections(that can lead to scarring and infertility).
Circumcision has been found to reduce the risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections by 50% in general, and HIV specifically by 60% to 75% depending on the study. This is because of two main reasons: 1) the inner skin of the foreskin is thin and tears easily during sex, allowing viruses and bacteria to enter; 2) after intercourse, the foreskin acts like a pouch protecting the viruses and bacteria that may have been acquired during sex giving them the chance to continue living under the foreskin until they can enter the body.
The higher cancer rates in uncircumcised males and there partners is also believed to be linked to higher rates of STI's and other infections. Circumcision has been found to virtually eliminate penile cancer, reduces the risk of prostate cancer by 15% (particularly the aggressive forms), and if your partner is circumcised, your risk of cervical cancer is reduced by 1/3.
Interestingly, I have yet to find a study that shows any down sides to circumcision. However, there are studies that show that circumcised men have LESS sexual dysfunction and there are other studies that show that circumcised men show not loss in sensitivity. There is no evidence that circumcision has any negative affects on the penis.
P.S. Just to give you an idea about the health effects in terms of numbers that circumcising has on males (sorry it is excessive, but better too much info than too little...and it shows that info is backed up with real studies):
(This is an excerpt another persons post, here is the original link:
Member since Apr 26, 2011
Posted: Nov 27, 2011
Disclaimer: What you do with your sons penis is 100% your choice. I do not care. I am sick of seeing one sided scare tactic posts that always say the same damn thing. So yes I am making a post about circumcision but i'm attempting to shed some light on the alternate side of the normal argument. Again, i'm not shoving my beliefs down your throat because I do not care about your sons penis. Just proving a point.
Think: If all 2,000,000 boys born in the USA annually were circumcised, the following would be prevented during their lifetimes:
7,000 cases of HIV.
10,000 cases of Syphilis.
20,000 Epsiodes of Pyelonephritis: 2,000 with Concurrent Bacteremia, 1,500 Cases of Hypertension, 150 Cases of End Stage Renal Disease.
2,000 Cases of Penile Cancer.
50,000 Cases of Prostate Cancer.
200,000 Cases of Phimosis.
250,000-500,000 Cases of Blanoposthitis.
P.S. P.S. For those that are truly curious, here are some supporting links for what I have written above:
Even the World Health Organization is recommending it now:
As well as the CDC: