“A lot of people think it’s easier to keep a circumcised penis clean, but it’s actually not. With a circumcised penis, you have a post-surgical circumcision wound in a dirty diaper. You have to worry about keeping that clean, pulling the remaining foreskin back so it won’t readhere, applying vaseline so the raw skin won’t stick to the diaper, watching for infection, watching for adhesions and skin bridges, meatal stenosis…. the list goes on. You don’t have to do any of that with an intact baby. You just wipe and you’re done! No need to pull anything back. Parents who have both intact and circumcised sons in the home report that intact boys are hands down the easier of the two to keep clean.”
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During my first pregnancy, I was overwhelmed with joy when I found out that there was a little boy in my belly. Like many ‘mamas-to-be’, I instantly fell in love and spent my days (and nights) dreaming about him. As the months passed by, I began to plan for his arrival: washing and hanging all of his tiny clothes, picking out the softest blankets I could find, figuring out what breast pump would be best. I wanted to be prepared for every little detail. When I began to make plans for the birth itself, I thought about what would happen on the day of his birth, and circumcision crossed my mind.
“After his circumcision, we couldn’t wake him to eat for hours upon hours. It rocked our breastfeeding relationship and we were warned if he didn’t start nursing, we’d have to supplement with formula. When I brought him home and changed his diaper for the first time, I was horrified. My son was screaming: he was in pain. My husband looked worried and said he never screamed like that before his circumcision. He was bloody and raw, and we had to use Vaseline to keep it from sticking to his diaper, though sometimes it still happened, and he’d scream bloody murder as we peeled his sore and painful glans away from the diaper. I think we both knew then what a mistake we had made, but we never discussed it. At the time I do not think either of us was willing or ready to accept that we had made the wrong decision, at least not to own that mistake out loud.”
When my obstetrician was trying to convince me to circumcise my son, he told me that he wouldn’t feel a thing. He told me that they numbed the area and it would be a pain-free experience. I wasn’t there, so I don’t know how pain-free my own son’s circumcision was. Yet, I was there before and after his circumcision. What I hadn’t considered was the pain that he would feel as a result of his circumcision. I hadn’t considered the aftermath.
By Lena Nyhus
This morning I awoke to the story of Brayden Tyler Frazier. It was reported from numerous respectable sources that his death was caused by circumcision.
I looked into the story and chose
Now don't get me wrong, I think Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an incredibly bright and brave woman who makes a true difference in the world and I thoroughly respect her work, but while I completely agree with her opinion on female genital mutilation (FGM) I reserve the right to disagree with her stance on male genital mutilation aka circumcision.
The Plastibell circumcision technique is the most common technique used in Australia. Parents who are considering this for their baby boy should view some videos of the procedure to esure that they are fully informed on exactly what is involved. Click on the link below to view the video:
A successful circumcision inflicts permanent damage. But all too often we hear of so called ‘botched’ circumcisions. Here is a recent example.
“EDINBURG, Texas (CN) – A doctor botched a circumcision of a 4-year-old boy so badly that the boy pleaded to “just cut it off and (he) can be a girl,” the parents claim in court. Rafael and Vanessa Deleon sued Dr. Jennifer J. Garza, of McAllen, in Hidalgo County Court. They claim they learned from specialists that Garza over-cauterized the penis to try to stop the bleeding, damaging their son’s urethra and requiring reconstructive surgery to close the holes.”
With fewer than 1 in 1,000 Australian doctors involving themselves in the unethical practice of forced circumcision upon minors, it’s a surprise only half equate the practice to child abuse. Nevertheless, it’s encouraging to see community attitudes shifting so quickly.
“Half of the Australian Doctor community believe that the circumcision of newborns is tantamount to child abuse and should never be performed, a survey reveals.”
While most of the younger generations of Australian women understand how useful foreskins are from enjoying them on their intact partners, it appears that older generations may have finally found a use for them as well.
But while the traditional benefits of being with an intact partner, such as having a more comfortable and enjoyable sexual experience, are now well known, this new less conventional 'use' comes in the form of a cosmetic face cream.