The Circumcision Discussion - page 24

I know this can be a HUGE debate, and I'm not looking to start any arguments. I was just wondering as you are OB nurses. I'm expecting a boy in July and not sure if we should circ. or not. My... Read More

  1. by   CRNI-ICU20
    And we call ourselves the superior species???? There aren't any animals anywhere who would do this to their young.....
  2. by   styRN
    oh, I dunno
    I don't seem to suffer from any horrible flashbacks from having my circumcision done as a newborn...and I'm pretty happy with my cut, if I do say so myself.
  3. by   caliotter3
    I think guys who have this procedure done as adults are pretty gutsy.
  4. by   matchstickxx
    Quote from GingerSue
    besides a pacifier, what else could have been helpful for the baby?
    For the 2 hour circ baby, a patient advocate could have been helpful.
    I have assisted with circ's before and most only last about 10-15 minutes.
    Baby should have Tylenol pre-procedure and sweet-ease on a paci during the procedure.
    Before we started using sweet-ease, I was skeptical about it's effectiveness, but since we started using it a few years ago, I am a believer.
  5. by   GregRN
    Quote from styRN
    oh, I dunno
    I don't seem to suffer from any horrible flashbacks from having my circumcision done as a newborn...and I'm pretty happy with my cut, if I do say so myself.
    Me too. I wonder if we had the same doc?

    I've had far, far worse things happen to me without nearly the benefits that circ's provide. For those who have them done when they are older as adults, why do they do this you think? Ask them, and the answers will really suprise you. To say there's no medical reason for it is irresponsible.
  6. by   ICURN_NC
    Circumcising a child because something "might" go wrong someday doesn't sound like such a great idea to me.

    Why not remove toenails at birth? Then he'd never suffer from toenail fungus- something he has a much higher risk for than anything circumcision claims to "fix." Or, for that matter, remove his appendix now so that he won't "remember" it.

    I'm with CRNI- we call ourselves superior then mutilate half our species at birth.

    I say that if a man truly wants a circumcision, he's welcome to have one when he's old enough to decide for himself to have a cosmetic procedure.

    I could never, in good conscious, assist in such a procedure.

    My heart goes out to them.
  7. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from GardenDove
    See what I mean?

    Yep, I see what you mean!
  8. by   mistydave
    when my little boy was circ'd I made my dr. promise to numb him. he said it wasn't normal, but he put numbing gel, then a shot, then cir'd him. It doesn't help much for the pain they experience while healing though.
  9. by   Atl_John
    Being a Male I have opinions on this. Go figure a male with opinion on something.

    1. I have no problem at all with Circumcision. I'm happy I was
    2. I have a SERIOUS problem when no anesthesia is used. I think every doctor that circs a baby without anesthesia should have the EXACT same thing done to him. Already circ'd, I'm sure we can figure out how to do a "mini" on you. It would never be acceptable on an adult to not use anesthetic. I refuse to help any doc that does not use some form of Anesthesia. There was also a study done quite a few years back that showed that little boys who were circ'd with anesthesia tended to have a higher pain tolerance than boys who were not.
    3. It does have medical purposes, one being reduced transmission of STD's in particular HIV, you can do all the teaching you want about Condoms, still doesn't mean they are going to listen.
    4. Cleanliness, thats all I gotta say
    5. What is barbaric to one culture is religious to another circ's are forced on parents, the parents have the right to decide what is to be done to their baby. Be it circ, vaccine, surgery, etc. Who are we to judge, i'm sure we all do things that others would find objectional.
  10. by   Jennifer, RN
    Neither of my boys were circ'd, mainly because I think it is cruel and unnecessary. I don't subject my kids to painful procedures unless absolutely necesssary.
  11. by   Rock
    There is no medical reason for removing the prepuce. If God wanted not to have it, He would have left the glans penis uncovered.
    When the prepuce is removed, the glans penis becomes keratinized and loses sensitivity. This creates a problem for those who wish to engage in masterbation, and it makes it a little more difficult for them.
    Religious organizations also promote circumcision in the mistaken belief that the child "won't touch down there."
  12. by   Roy Fokker
    The United States is the only Western nation with a majority Christian population that practices large scale circumcision for non-religious reasons.

    If circumcision was all that much more beneficial, wonder why the billions of Indians and Chinese and millions of Europeans and aisans don't get them done regularly. And they don't seem to suffer from serious, detrimental health effects either.

    Personally - No son of mine is ever getting circumcised as a kid. As an adult, that's his headache.

    Just my opinion.

    Part of the "leave 'em poor kids alone" brigade.
  13. by   Anagray
    when I was growing up noone around me was circumcised and the only people who had problems are those who did not practice good hygeine and safe sex.