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.
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A meme has been circulating around the internet over the last couple of days containing a quote from celebrity Australian doctor, Dr John D’Arcy. A copy is below:
Many might think that this comment was made recently, perhaps as part of a backlash against the American Academy of Padiatrics much ridiculed revised statement on circumcision. One of these rebuttals written by multiple Pediatric groups across Europe in the scientific journal Pediatrics stated: “only 1 of the arguments put forward by the American Academy of Pediatrics has some theoretical relevance” and that the other claimed health benefits “are questionable, weak, and likely to have little public health relevance in a Western context, and they do not represent compelling reasons for surgery before boys are old enough to decide for themselves.”
Dr John D’Arcy’s statement was actually made on the Channel 7 Sunrise program over three years ago. Well done to Dr D’Arcy for being one of the first personalities in Australia to publicy speak up for our baby boys who can’t speak for themselves.
The newest circumcision clinic to open in Brisbane. Appears to offer Plastibell circumcision services. Currently only website details available:
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:
It is often said that a “Plastibell” circumcision is painless and doesn’t involve any cutting or blood. Many people say that it is a more “gentle” circumcision without any risks. All of these statements are false. It is not “safer” or “without risk”. In fact, there are studies surrounding the complications of this method. This article includes a video of a Plastibell circumcision, as well as photos involving just a few (of many) complications. ***WARNING: very graphic content***
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.”
Circumcision is often quoted as being “a cure searching for a disease”. It was made popular in western societies in the Victorian period as a cure for masturbation, which was thought to be an evil that then caused all sorts of diseases.
Since then, pro-circumcision advocates have tried to find a disease that circumcision will ‘cure’ or prevent. One of the latest inventions is that somehow circumcision can prevent cancer of the penis.
The only person I’ve ever heard who contracted penile cancer was Al Pacino’s character Benjamin ‘Lefty’ Ruggiero from the Johnny Depp film ‘Donnie Brasco’. Apart from this, does anyone know anyone in Australia who has cancer of the penis? No? Well that is because it is extremely rare, accounting for less than 1% of all male cancers. And those cases occur in elderly men. Even if circumcision was a factor, would you amputate a healthy, functional part of your baby to try to reduce the risk of a cancer he has only a slight chance of getting late in life?
In any case, the medical world agrees that circumcision is unlikely to be a factor. The real world evidence shows that there is no difference in the rate of cancer of the penis between countries with relatively high circumcision rates (such as the USA) and low circumcision rates (such as Sweden). This is from the Cancer Council of Australia:
“In developed countries penile cancer is a relatively rare disease, with an incidence of approximately 1 in 100,000. The absence of randomised controlled trial evidence, combined with the rarity of penile cancer, suggests that circumcision is not justified for the sole purpose of protecting against penile cancer”
The plastibell technique is the most popular method for circumcision in Australia.This technique involves applying the plastibel devcie so that it restricts the blood flow to the foreskin until the tissue dies and drops off. It is similar to a controversial technique used in farming in Australia for docking an animal’s tail and castration, where a rubber band (elastrator) is used.
While the pro-cutting doctors will try to tell you that the risks are minimal, you should know that babies do die as a direct result of being circumcised by the Plastibell technique:
One myth about this technique is that it doesnt involve cutting. See this post from BubHub on the truth of what is involved.
More information can be found at the following links:
Warning: graphical pictures of severe infections as a result of Plastibell circumcisions:
Finding out that you’re going to be a parent is an exciting, yet surreal, moment.
But, if you’ve got a boy on the way, one of the decisions you’ll need to make is whether his penis will circumcised or not. This is the decision that my fianceé left to me last year when we found out the sex.
Anna was indifferent about it, and I just assumed our boy would be circumcised, mostly because I am myself. We also live in the United States (New Jersey to be particular) and it just seemed like something everybody does.
Read the full article at the following link:
We often get reports here in Australia on the abhorrent practice of female infant genital mutilation, which is carried out in some overseas countries. There are the typical “pearl clutching” reactions, and gasps of horror, followed by a small sense of relief that ‘we don’t do that is this country. Or do we? Yes, we cut our baby boys, but that’s different. Isn’t it?
Most of our society, especially the older generations like the former sex discrimination commissioner Pru Goward, will stand up indignantly and proclaim that female genital cutting is mutilation but offer no position on male genital cutting. Much of this opinion however is based on the misguided belief female genital mutilation involves amputation of the clitoris and the cutting off or sewing up of all other external parts. The fact is that this extreme practice is rare, and that there are different degrees of female genital cutting. Some or these practices are clearly worse than male circumcision. Others though, such as a symbolic pin prick, are clearly less severe than male circumcision.
The following articles and blogs explore these similarities and differences, and why our society seems to accept one, but not the other: