Congratulations! It’s a boy!
You’re expecting a little, precious, baby boy. There are so many things to do and so many things to think about!
It would be so easy if you didn’t have to decide about whether to circumcise your son or not! Have a good look at the table, below. There is a lot of information to help you make the right decision for your baby boy. If you don’t see the information right here, you will probably find it at the bottom of this post, so scroll down. Learn all you can before you make your decision. Use facts, ask questions, and then use your head and your heart to do what’s right for your bouncing baby boy!
|Medical Association Statements||U.S. Regional Trends CDC||Benefits/Risks/Controversy over a social surgery.||Cultural and Religious Issues Surrounding Circumcision||Ask Questions|
Scientific evidence shows that the health benefits of circumcising baby boys outweigh the risks.But the “benefits are not great enough to recommend routine circumcision,” the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement, and the decision to circumcise should be up to the parents in consultation with the child’s doctor.
|North EastCirc. Rates 60.7%2007CDCNorth EastIntact Rates*200636.4%||Complications/Risks from surgery 6:·
||Are there medical benefits?Are there Risks?What are they? Is my son better off with/without his foreskin?Does it hurt?|
|Canadian Paediatric Society “The overall evidence of the benefits and harms of circumcision is so evenly balanced that it does not support recommending circumcision as a routine procedure for newborns.2||Midwest68.8% 2009CDCIntact Rates*22.1%||HIV – CIRP Circumcision Information and Resources Pages:
|Christian:Jewish rituals and laws overthrown because Jesus makes man whole and we’re saved through His Grace. 8||Who performs the surgery?How often do you perform this surgery?How is the procedure done?How often do risks occur?Are there risks to the anesthesia?Are there certain conditions under which the surgery should not be done?|
|The Royal Australasian College of Physicians 2010″After reviewing the currently available evidence, the RACP believes that the frequency of diseases modifiable by circumcision, the level of protection offered by circumcision and the complication rates of circumcision do not warrant routine infant circumcision in Australia and New Zealand.”3||South 66.1%1995CDCIntact Rates*44.7%||Human Rights Violation Journal of Medical Ethics“Removing healthy tissue from an infant is only permissible if there is an immediate medical indication. In the case of infant male circumcision there is no evidence of an immediate need to perform the procedure.” 7Some insurance companies won’t pay for a “medically unnecessary ” surgery.||LDS:The Book of Moroni Chapter 8:8||How do I care for the surgical site post-surgery?How do I care for an intact penis?|
|German Pediatric Association 2012“Initially, it should be observed that there is no reason from a medical point of view to remove an intact foreskin from underage boys or boys unable to give consent.”||West 31%2003-2010CDCIntact Rates*66.2%||
Easier hygiene. Circumcision makes it simpler to wash the penis. Washing an uncircumcised penis is generally easy, however.
Decreased risk of urinary tract infections. The overall risk of urinary tract infections in males is low.
Decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections.Circumcised men might (research has not proven this to date) have a lower risk of certain sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
Prevention of penile problems. Occasionally, the foreskin on an uncircumcised penis can be difficult or impossible to retract (phimosis).
Decreased risk of penile cancer. Although cancer of the penis is rare, it’s less common in circumcised men.
|Muslim:Male circumcision :It is an Islamic birth rite-Tahara or circumcision means purificationFemale circumcision is also known as genital mutilation to reduce her sexual desire and protect her virginity – is against the law in the U.S. but practiced in many countries.|
Additional Pediatric Medical Associations against routine male newborn circumcision: United Kingdom, New Zealand, Finland, Netherlands.
Do The Health Benefits Of Male Infant Circumcision Outweigh the Risks? Physicians from outside the United States challenged the AAP’s New Policy Statement on male circumcision claiming the studies the AAP’s task force used were questionable and weak and have little relevance in a Western context. Boys should be able to decide for themselves when they are old enough.
Cultural Bias in the AAP’s 2012 Technical Report and Policy Statement on Male Circumcision 4
- 8 Percentage of male newborns leaving the hospital intact/not circumcised.
- Michael Glass. What the Bible Reveals About Circumcision and Sexual Violence. April 2003., http://www.cirp.org/pages/cultural/