One More Good Reason to Circumcise Your Baby

The decision of whether or not to circumcise my baby boy was one that I did not struggle with in the least. My husband and I never once considered not doing it, because we always thought it was an issue of personal hygiene.

Honestly, I just assumed that most people chose to have their sons circumcised unless there was some strong religious reason why they were against it. But I was actually surprised when I learned that plenty of parents choose not to circumcise their babies based on either medical or ethical concerns. It's a touchy subject, and I've "overheard" some conversations about the topic on Facebook that have gotten pretty heated to say the least.

There are many people who go back and forth over whether or not to circumcise, but for parents who are a bit on the fence about the decision, there is now another good reason why circumcising your baby is a positive thing -- it may protect him from getting cancer down the road.

New research has shown that men who have a circumcision performed before their first sexual experience also have a 15 percent lower rate of prostate cancer than those who either had the procedure done after their first sexual encounter, or who are uncircumcised. The link between prostate cancer and circumcision is present because men who are circumcised are less likely to get sexually transmitted diseases like herpes and HPV, both of which elevate the risk of getting prostate cancer.

This news probably isn't enough to change someone's mind who is strongly against circumcision, especially if their reasoning against having it done is because they think it should be a personal decision -- not something we choose for our babies. However, for parents who are weighing all of the positives and negatives to having their baby boy circumcised, knowing that they are potentially protecting their child from suffering an illness down the road is definitely a plus. I just don't see how doing something to give our kids a leg up on their future health can be seen as anything but good.

Did you struggle with the decision to have your baby circumcised?


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mande... manderspanders

None of you have had the experience of providing care to senile, uncircumcised old men in a nursing home. Believe me, there are difficulties associated with hygiene... It isn't just with babies.

Also HPV can be spread regardless of condom usage.

As a nurse, I've seen babies be circumcised and don't agree with the lack of pain management.

I absolutely would have my own boy circumsized.

Beth Herz

This is completely opposite of what I just read earlier today.  From :The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer presented the 2008 findings of incidence and mortality of prostate cancer. Statistics clearly show that rates of prostate cancer are highest in nations with the highest populations of adult circumcised men, and rates of prostate cancer are consistently lowest in nations where male circumcision is unheard of. 

japan... japanmommy


If you had circumcised your son at birth he wouldn't have had the extra skin needed for the repair. There are reasons for circumcision but more reasons against it. The best thing a parent can do is educate themselves and make sure they are clear on what can happen during the procedure. 

Beth Herz

And I don't know about senile adult men but my baby boys penis is very easy to clean.  Wipe it clean just as you would a finger.  We have no problems with hygeine in this house.

nonmember avatar leslie

i never knew people didn't circumcised if it wasn't for a religious reason. i've always been under the impression it's the standard to do. i know girls who won't date/sleep with/marry a guy if he isn't circumcised. shallow as that may be, there are some who won't because they think uncircumcised looks gross. & don't yell at me, because i'm not saying it's how i feel about it, just some girls that i know.

Kwiat2 Kwiat2

@manders, you must think you're the only one who's worked in a nursing home then, hm? Older people's bodies in general are not fun to take care of and those in nursing homes often have skin infections of all sorts, men and women alike. So, sorry but that's just another excuse.

And Leslie, you're right there are a lot of women like that. And it is superficial and it's ignorant, but I think it will change as less men in the US are getting circumcised and it will become more the norm, women won't be so terrified of it. I myself have only dated one man with an intact penis, and I was surprised at first and now I realize how much I liked it!

I didn't give one thought about circumcising until the day after my son was born. I just couldn't imagine how you give birth to this perfect human being who's so happy and content and then mutilate it and put him through so much pain. It's terrible, and my own desire to be with the norm almost made me do it, and now I'm so glad we didn't!

elfis... elfishpirat

The majority of men on this planet are intact. And, the majority of babies being born are left intact. There is no medical reason to circumcise at birth. It's purely a cosmetic procedure, and one that should be made by the owner of the penis. Amputating their foreskin because it *could* cause problems later in life is like removing the appendix at birth because it *could* cause problems later.

Safe Sex prevents HIV and STDs. Cutting off a part of your body doesn't. ALL the "medical" research on this subject has been inconclusive and warped. And as far as being cleaner, just teach your kids to wash themselves. It's really not that hard.

It's ridiculous. It's not your body. It's not your decision to make.

nonmember avatar Educated

Here is a thought, teach your boys to wear condoms or better yet, obstain from having sex. No sex means no sexually transmitted diseases!

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