POSTS WITH TAG: circumcision

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    The decision to circumcise is a very personal one. I know people on both sides of the debate and respect what they have to say. Whether or not to circumcise can be a very challenging decision for new parents and one "expert" has some very strong feelings about it. The study's outspoken author feels circumcision should be like vaccinations -- recommended and contributes to the overall good health of kids, and adults. There was even a suggestion that it should be mandatory.

    I'm sorry but no.

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    I'm giving birth to a baby boy, oh, any minute now. As someone who usually follows social norms, I'm really surprised by how put off I am by the thought of circumcision. Growing up in the U.S., circumcised penises seem normal to me, but I can't wrap my mind around why I'd willingly let a doctor cut off a piece of skin located on the most sensitive part of his male sexual organ. It seems bananas!

    With that said, I also don't want him to mature into a teen and realize his penis is different. I don't want him to feel more self-conscious about his body than he probably already will at age 16. Is that a good enough reason to circumcise him? Probably not. And I'm still on the fence about this decision (despite the ticking clock), but here are 24 real-life quotes from moms and dads who either chose to circumcise or chose not to circumcise their baby boys.

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    The decision to circumcise a baby boy is very personal -- sometimes religious, sometimes not -- and one that many parents spend a long time debating or discussing with medical professionals prior to making the call.

    Like lots of moms and dads, Orange Is the New Black star Jason Biggs and his wife Jenny Mollen made the choice to have new baby Sid circumcised. If you know anything about these two or follow their frequent Instagram and Twitter postings, you are well aware of the fact that they both possess an identical sense of humor -- one that appreciates a dark joke or two. I wasn't at all shocked when they shared photos after the procedure, along with funny quips about it. But their lack of seriousness about the hot topic caused an absolute uproar among some parents, who are accusing them of mutilation.

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    Circumcision is a personal decision a family makes -- it's also often a religious one. But what happens when a couple disagrees? I'm certain that happens a lot and one partner ends up changing their stance on the matter, but what if they don't? The courts can get involved. At least that's what happened to one couple who cannot agree on whether or not to circumcise their son. One Israeli couple is currently going through a divorce and the mother says that the father initially agreed to leave their son uncircumcised, but has since changed his mind after going through divorce proceedings.

    The mother is currently being fined $140 a day for every day she refuses to agree to her son being circumcised. It's been six days so far and she hasn't budged. The family has kept their identity private but the mother said, "I have no right to cut his organ and mutilate him. And the court has no right to force me to do so."

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    These days dropping the word "circumcision" on the Internet is like yelling "fire" in a crowded theater. People. Go. NUTS.

    The thing I don't understand? Why? Why are people so concerned about what other people have done with their son's foreskin?

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    According to newly released data from the National Center for Health Statistics, circumcision rates for newborn boys have dropped by six percentage points over the past three decades. Annual hospital discharge data of between 7,000 and 12,000 baby boys was examined, and interestingly enough, the biggest dip in circumcisions occurred in western states in the U.S. as opposed to other areas of the country.

    And I guess the data really isn't all that surprising considering how controversial the subject of circumcision has become, particularly in the last few years or so. It seems like more and more parents are becoming opposed to the idea -- something which I can't fully understand.

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    One decision every mom has to make when she has a baby boy is whether or not to circumcise. It's a touchy subject (literally) and a very personal decision. In the 1970s and '80s, about 79 percent of baby boys were circumcised, but the trend in recent years has been to keep baby boys' foreskins "intact." According to the CDC, the circumcision rate in the U.S. in 2010 was down to about 55 percent. And Doctors Opposing Circumcision estimates that world-wide, 85 percent of men haven't been circumcised.

    While some moms know right away what they'll do, others struggle with the circumcision decision. Below are some factors to consider when deciding whether or not to circumcise your son. Determine which ones are most important to you and that should help you make a choice.

    Good luck!

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    What's a botched circumcision worth to you? A 5-year-old who suffered damage from his circumcision has been awarded $1.3 million. The boy was just 12 hours old when the doctor who performed the procedure amputated the tip of his penis. Doctors at another hospital were able to reattach the tip, and the penis is expected to be fully functional. But there's scarring and the possibility of nerve damage.

    So remind me again -- why do we circumcise baby boys?

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    I'm going to attempt to not offend those who circumcise or those who do not. I'm probably not going to succeed. But a new study on circumcision has come out and it has me thinking. The study looked at why circumcision reduces a man's risk of getting HIV by at least half. It was known it did before, but the exact reason why wasn't concrete. This new information supports the thought that by removing the foreskin, bacteria cannot build up and compromise the immune system, making some more susceptible to contract HIV. 

    I still don't think this is a good argument to say all men should be circumcised.

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    Well, now we know more than we ever wanted to about Snooki's son's penis. In a word, baby Lorenzo's man parts are "awesome." According to his mom, anyway.

    Oh Snooki, you know you're not supposed to talk about your son's circumcision, right? Hold up! Yes, we moms can debate the ol' foreskin snip 'til the cows come home.

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