Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Newborns are Stronger than Adults; It’s a Personal Decision
“Getting it done is a personal choice. And anyways, I’d rather have it done to my son when he’s a baby and can’t remember instead of as an adult.”
If circumcision is a personal choice, then abide by that and leave it up to the person to choose. It’s his body, his penis and his choice.
Babies still remember their circumcisions and babies who experience circumcision have a strong reaction to later experiences of pain. Even if after getting older, the child cannot tangibly recall his circumcision, the body still remembers. Circumcision increases cortisol levels, reduces serotonin levels (connected to SIDS) and leaves scarring on his body, forever marking the man with the choice that someone made FOR him.
I have no idea why people argue that amputating a body part on a newborn is better than amputating a body part on a consenting, informed adult. If an adult cannot withstand it, then why would anyone in her right mind ever subject a newborn to it? Surgery is riskier, more painful and there are fewer surgical options for newborns than for adults.
For example, losing just a few ounces of blood as a newborn is considered a major hemorrhage and can result in death. Adults are able to lose a LOT more than a few ounces and still live.
Newborns are not given access to general anesthesia or prescription pain medication for circumcision, but an informed adult can request both of these.
Newborns will pee and poop on the open wound, increasing the risk of infection and causing additional post-op pain. Adults can be careful around the wound and keep it clean.
Newborns do not have a lot of body autonomy. They might accidentally kick their wound and they cannot choose a comfortable, pain-free position to eat and sleep. Adults can move to a new position if they are in pain and they can be very careful not to jostle or bump the wound.
Amputating the prepuce (the medical term for foreskin) is more accurately done on an adult because the adult’s penis has finished growing. Amputating a newborn runs the risk of removing too much or too little of the prepuce. This can result in painful adhesions, or if too much is removed, as the penis grows, it might bend painfully, a complication known as chordee. Some men even report that the skin tears or is extremely tight and painful. The once “nice looking” circumcision turns out lopsided, twisted, bent or otherwise ugly. It can even be so bad that itimpairs function, requiring surgery again as an older child or adult.
Routine circumcision is not medically necessary. No medical organization in the world, including the American medical organizations, recommends routine circumcision. The so-called benefits are controversial, minimal or even mythical. At the best, it’s a cosmetic procedure with risks. At the worst, it’s an impairing, disfiguring or even deadly surgery forced onto a non-consenting human who cannot fight back or say no.
Think it’s a PERSONal decision? Then leave it up to the PERSON to decide how he wants his penis to look and work.