Circumcision complications

Drs say complications are rare. NewsMedia says complications are rare. Families say complications are rare. Consent forms say complications are rare. Medical books and websites say complications are rare.
However, rare complications are pretty scary to the parents and children they affect.
Rare is not rare enough when it is your child.
Infant/child Circumcision is unnecessary surgery on a healthy child. The foreskin is not an issue, disease or defect.

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Last week

Last week, I found out that my sister-in-law’s sister left her baby son whole thanks to fb info I shared a long time ago. The sister had clicked the links and read the info. I was so happy when I found out!
I also talked to my grandmother about the dangers of circumcision. She thought it was a parental choice and a safe choice until I told her about the risk of death, hemorrhage and penile amputation.

Soggy mamas 2.0

https://m.facebook.com/SoggyMamas2?id=559007567474275&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&_rdr

My heart is aching for those children. Click on the link and read the screen shots. Many babies are bleeding heavily and getting infections from circumcisions. Mothers are saying how their babies are screaming in pain.
Look at the screen shots. Your heart will break too.

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Circumcised men refusing condoms

Circumcision is not the answer to stopping the spread of sexually transmitted disease/infections.

Condoms and safe sex practices are key.

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http://m.voazimbabwe.com/a/zimbabwe-swaziland-south-africa-medical-male-circumcision-programs/1864352.html

Ernest Dhlamini of Mbabane city, Swaziland, was circumcised in 2006, to enjoy what he calls a clean life.

Dhlamini says he is worried that a large number of men circumcised under current programs funded by international organizations, are now abandoning condoms and engaging in unsafe sex.

He says this is a blow to programs implemented in 2009 by some African nations in an effort to curb the spread of HIV.

“There are many circumcised men who think that by being circumcised they can now have unprotected sex at will. They think that they can no longer contract HIV.”

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And in America

http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/15770.html

According to the study’s findings, one of four acts of vaginal intercourse are condom protected in the U.S. (one in three among singles).

“These data, when compared to other studies in the recent past, suggest that although condom use has increased among some groups, efforts to promote the use of condoms to sexually active individuals should remain a public health priority,” Reece said.

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http://m.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/04/why-still-so-few-use-condoms/275301/

If we’re honest, many of us do see condoms as robbing us of pleasure, stealing some excitement and spontaneity from intimacy, and dulling the intensity of sexuality. It’s okay to say that. These factors are the primary reasons that still only 60 percent of teenagers claim to use condoms. These factors warrant acknowledging. From there, condom usage declines as people grow older. The number one reason we have seen given time and again for refusal to wear condoms is the reduction of pleasure.

It is natural for anyone of any sexual orientation to not only preserve, but maximize pleasure during sex. Bill Gates is one of the few public figures addressing “safe sex” in such a way that prioritizes pleasure, and his foundation appears alone in its work to honestly wrestle with the real reasons people don’t like or use condoms. That makes Gates one of the only committed and serious people fighting the HIV/AIDS crisis — in America and abroad.


http://healthland.time.com/2013/11/12/no-condom-culture-why-teens-arent-practicing-safe-sex/

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of American students using condoms hit its peak at around 60% a decade ago, and has stalled since then, even declining among some demographics. A recent study released by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada found that nearly 50% of sexually active college students aren’t using condoms. Other reports have found that while teenagers are likely to use a condom the first time they have sex, their behavior becomes inconsistent after that.

Even in places where there’s money and free condoms to go around, health departments haven’t necessarily seen safe sex go viral. New York City health officials are reporting that only 1 in 3 adult residents uses protection, despite years of PSAs and prophylactic handouts under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. While condom use among young people in New York City is slightly up since 2009, that puts it on par with the stagnant nationwide average.

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http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/publications/416#references

Condoms Are Effective Barriers.
The condom—latex or polyurethane, male or female—is the only technology available to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.[15]
Laboratory studies show that latex condoms provide an essentially impermeable barrier to particles the size of HIV and other STI pathogens.[2] Studies show that polyurethane condoms also provide effective barriers against sperm, bacteria, and viruses such as HIV.[1]
Several studies clearly show that condom breakage rates in this country are less than two percent. Most of the breakage and slippage is likely due to incorrect use rather than to the condoms’ quality.[1]

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Circumcision causes loss of glans sensitivity eventually

“‘We’re not saying less sexual activity or satisfaction, but sensitivity,’ senior author Dr Piet Hoebeke, from Ghent University Hospital, said.”

“One possible explanation for any potential difference in sensitivity is that a man’s foreskin may protect his penis’s head from rubbing against underwear and clothing. It’s possible, the researchers write, that friction makes the head of the penis thicker, drier and ultimately less sensitive.

The researchers also found circumcised men were more likely to report more pain and numbness during arousal than uncircumcised men, which Dr Hoebeke said is likely due to scar tissue.

‘I’m amazed that people report pain during sexual pleasure… that was unexpected,’ he told Reuters Health.”

“British doctors say that although it can reduce the risk of some types of infection the risks associated with routine circumcision outweigh any potential benefits.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2279166/Circumcision-DOES-reduce-sexual-pleasure-making-manhood-sensitive.html

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Moralogous: don’t hit ’em with your best shot

http://www.moralogous.com/2014/02/16/dont-hit-em-with-your-best-shot/

Don’t hit ‘em with your best shot
Making your strongest case against circumcision may actually be counter-productive.

by Lillian Dell’Aquila Cannon

Arguing against routine infant circumcision was the context in which I first learned of cognitive dissonance. It was in the infancy of my intactivism when I first noticed that the logical medical and sexual arguments against circumcision often did nothing to persuade people to not do it to their own children. It was a mystery to me why perfectly intelligent, rational-seeming people would defend cutting off healthy tissue from an unconsenting child even when they had learned the facts about circumcision, and could no longer rely on the justification of the myths surrounding it. Being more of a thinker than a feeler myself, I naively thought that when I told people that circumcision violated a child’s right to his whole body, they would easily change their minds, because this was what worked for me. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

… Read more…..
http://www.moralogous.com/2014/02/16/dont-hit-em-with-your-best-shot/

Circumcision gone wrong

💥💥💥graphic! Warning!! Tragic! Warning! Graphic

http://www.ulwaluko.co.za/Photos.html

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http://www.ulwaluko.co.za/Photos.html

You cannot unsee these so tread carefully

“These selected photographs were taken in various health institutions in Pondoland during 2012 and 2013. They illustrate the magnitude of the problems faced by health care practitioners during the initiation seasons. After viewing some of the pictures you will understand what is meant by ‘male genital mutilation’.

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http://www.thewholenetwork.org/14/post/2012/08/the-dangers-of-plastibell-circumcisions-graphic.html

Medical Journal on infant circumcision complications

Danish medical journal

Abstract Introduction: As a consequence of the discussion on whether the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks and the discrepancies in reported figures of complications, we evaluated our results from a paediatric surgical department. Material and methods: Patient file data from children who had undergone ritual circumcision in the 1996-2003- period were retrieved. Complications recorded until December 2011 were noted. Results: Circumcision in 315 boys aged from 3 weeks to 16 years (median five years) were evaluated. A total of 16 boys (5.1%) had significant complications, including three incomplete circumcisions requiring re-surgery, two requiring re-surgery six months and five years postoperatively due to fibrotic phimosis and two requiring meatotomy due to meatal stenosis two and three year postoperatively. Acute complications included two superficial skin infections one week postoperatively and five cases with prolonged stay or re-admissions for bleeding the first or second postoperative day, whereof two underwent operative treatment. Finally, two had anaesthesiological complications leading to a need for overnight surveillance, but no further treatment. Discussion: Parents should be counselled and be required to provide informed consent that any health benefits of childhood circumcision do not outweigh the reported complication rate and that therefore they should weigh the health benefits against the risks in light of their religious, cultural and personal preferences. As ritual circumcision is legal, a strong focus on high surgical/anaesthesiological standards is needed to avoid complications. Funding: not relevant. Trial registration: not relevant.

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Another boy injured by infant circumcision and another boy dead because of a pain med overdose given for his circumcision

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http://www.intactamerica.org/learnmore

Newborn male circumcision is the most common surgical procedure performed in the U.S. It’s a common misconception that there are tangible health benefits to male circumcision, but the truth is no medical society in the world recommends it. This invasive procedure carries serious health risks, including infection, hemorrhage, surgical mishap, and death, as well many ethical considerations.

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Another baby dead. It’s so sad and horrible. He died from a pain med overdose. The pain meds were given to him to help him during his circumcision. Since, there is no medical reason for circumcision this baby would still be alive if he wasn’t circumcised and given pain meds.

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Penile amputation
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3045722/

Germany and intersex babies

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24767225

Germany has become Europe’s first country to allow babies with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female.

Parents are now allowed to leave the gender blank on birth certificates, in effect creating a new category of “indeterminate sex”.

“While Germany is the first country in Europe to legally recognise a third gender, several other nations have already taken similar steps.

Australians have had the option of selecting “x” as their gender – meaning indeterminate, unspecified or intersex – on passport applications since 2011. A similar option was introduced for New Zealanders in 2012.

In South Asia, Bangladesh has offered an “other” gender category on passport applications since 2011.

Nepal began recognising a third gender on its census forms in 2007 while Pakistan made it an option on national identity cards in 2011.

India added a third gender category to voter lists in 2009.

While transgender or intersex people have long been accepted in Thailand and are officially recognised by the country’s military, they do not have any separate legal status.”

Circumcision questioned even in Israel

https://www.facebook.com/INTACTFL/posts/607666975957889

http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/even-in-israel-more-and-more-parents-choose-not-to-circumcise-their-sons-1.436421?v=98B4BF087A7CF21812B799F991B1FBBD

“We arranged it with a mohel [ritual circumciser] and then I started to look for information and references about the man on the Internet,” says Eran, a former lawyer-turned-computer instructor in a software company. But while surfing the Web, he came across a world of information about circumcision. “For the first time in my life I learned what’s cut, how it’s cut and what the risks are. I didn’t have a clue until then. The word was just another check mark on the list of tasks related to the birth. I treated it almost as a bureaucratic process. But the new information I came across shook me, and I knew I wasn’t capable of inflicting that on my son.”

Read more by clicking the above link

18 day old partial amputation of penis during circumcision

http://www.emirates247.com/news/18-day-old-baby-s-organ-partially-cut-off-during-circumcision-2013-11-14-1.528015

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I wish I was making this up. I wish it was propaganda used to discredit the intactivist (don’t circumcise unco denying minors) movement.
But these things happen and people need to be aware that this isn’t a harmless minor surgery. Mistakes, awful mistakes happen with more regularity worldwide than we choose to believe.

An Arab doctor accidentally cut off the top of the genital organ of an 18-day-old Saudi boy during circumcision, prompting the hospital to call a well known pediatric surgeon for an urgent operation, a newspaper in the Gulf Kingdom reported on Thursday.

The doctor tried to correct his mistake by stitching the severed part but the bleeding did not stop and the boy could not stop screaming of pain, Sabq said.

“The hospital then called a pediatric surgeon from King Abdul Aziz Hospital for an urgent surgery…the doctor managed to stop the bleeding and restore the severed part,” the paper said in a report from the western Saudi town of Taif.

Penile amputation
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3045722/

Circumcision and a mother’s story

http://www.epibiostat.ucsf.edu/epidem/personnel/newman_document_repository/Circumcision%20facts%20for%20parents%202006.htm

Reading this how can anyone think the possible benefits outweigh the possible risk of serious penile injury?

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Arguments against circumcision

http://italiots.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/circumcision/

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This may have been written in 1997 but it still holds true

http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/9712/23/circumcision.anesthetic/

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A mother’s story

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Link not provided to preserve her privacy.
She did leave future sons intact as a result of this catastrophe.

Nov 8th, botched circumcision, partial amputation (August)

http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/23912521/mother-upset-over-botched-circumcision

“After I went home and I discovered that my son’s penis was not there, I immediately froze, like, oh my God,” Rhodes recalls.

The mother said she couldn’t believe what happened when she took her three-month-old son Ashton to Christ Community Health Center on Broad Avenue for a circumcision in August. She says doctors told her the procedure would take about 20 minutes.

But after a couple hours, Ashton was still in surgery.

“It took them about three hours to do the circumcision and so my baby screamed the whole three hours, like the whole process,” Rhodes said. “Then even when she gave him back to us, he was still screaming.”

Rhodes said the doctor performing the surgery obviously botched the procedure. But when it was over, she says they simply returned her screaming son to her, never telling her about the devastating mistake that had happened in the operating room.

“I should have been notified that something went wrong in this room with your baby,” she said. “I wasn’t notified. They gave me back my baby like nothing was wrong. They said, ‘here go your son.’ Yeah, something went wrong in that room.”

It’s something Rhodes said she didn’t find out about until she went home with a still screaming son, and a diaper filled with blood.

She said her curious sister finally discovered Ashton’s mutilated penis.

“When my sister pulled the cloth back, it was covered in blood and it was no penis there,” Rhodes said.

All that was left was a partial penis and his tiny testicles. Rhodes said Ashton urinates through a hole in his penis. She says she can’t imagine what she’ll say to her son, when he’s old enough to understand what happened to him.

“Like, ‘Momma like, how could this happen to me? How could this happen to me?,'” she said. “How could you explain that to your child that you don’t have a penis that they have to reconstruct one or you probably have might not never be able to have kids? That don’t sit well with me at all.”

Rhodes has hired an attorney and is pursuing a medical malpractice suit against Christ Community Health Centers.

As for little Ashton, a reconstructive surgery planned for October has been rescheduled for early next year.

FOX13 News contacted Christ Community Health Centers for a comment. We’re told the CEO is aware of our request, but so far has not returned our repeated calls.

Update:
http://m.wmctv.com/#!/newsDetail/24647778

“Shelby Co. commissioner seeks answers in botched circumcision case
By Nicole Harris

Updated: 02/06/2014 5:15 pm CST

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WMC-TV) – A mother is finally getting closer to answers after her son’s botched circumcision last August. “We want to make sure that they have a plan in place to make sure this does not happen ever again to another child. This was a horrible thing,’ said Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks. Brooks wants answers about how Christ Community Health Services allegedly botched the circumcision of three-month-old Ashton Rhodes. Back in November, Maggie Rhodes told Action News 5 that she took her son to the clinic for a circumcision in August. She felt something was wrong because she could hear her son’s cries through the closed door. “When he was in the room, he was screaming like life and death; like there wasn’t no tomorrow,” said Rhodes. Commissioner Brooks says Rhodes, one of her constituents, contacted her. Brooks set up a meeting with commission Chairman James Harvey in his office. “We have invited Christ Community Center representatives, as well as asked them to bring documents that will include certification of the credentials for staff also the health care professionals involved in this procedure,” said Brooks. Christ Community Health Services, who has a health care contract with Shelby County, declined the invite for the meeting on Thursday. Brooks says she was traumatized when she found out about Ashton’s situation. “It was a baby. Can you imagine the pain a baby having to go through that kind of pain?” Christ Community did not respond to Action News 5’s request for comment about the meeting, but the first person who answered the phone cited HIPAA laws.

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A different baby needing CPR after circumcision

http://m.spokesman.com/blogs/hbo/2013/nov/08/am-scanner-traffic-11813/

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Update:
http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/23976313/botched-circumcision-has-many-questioning-practice?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Update:
http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/23983429/intact-memphis-protests-botched-infant-circumcision

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Penile amputation
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3045722/

Approached a distant family relation….

Ack! I did it. I wrote a distant family relation who is pregnant with a boy, about not circumcising. I know her brothers are because the oldest boy couldn’t retract as a toddler and was cut and so the younger brother was as well when he was born yrs later. (Totally bogus reason given by the dr and accepted as valid by the parent, unfortunately)
She is of Hispanic descent and so is her husband. I can only assumed he is whole as he was born in another country.
The mother said she’d read the info as she had no clue what to decide.
I hope I save this child.

http://www.mothersagainstcirc.org/fleiss.html

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Here is what I wrote:

“Hey lady, how are you? Congrats on being preggo with a baby boy!
I know I’m about to give advice that is not being asked for but it is something I feel strongly about so I’m sharing the info. I know in C/S America and in Hispanic culture in general it customary to not circumcise. (Which I totally agree with)…. But I also know that American culture is saturated with the “cut the penis” mentality.
I’m sending you information on the proper care of the uncut newborn male body and information against circumcision (aka cutting the baby)

Please don’t think I’m crazy… I’m just being protective.
Here are some links
http://www.drmomma.org/2009/09/functions-of-foreskin-purposes-of.html?m=1

http://www.drmomma.org/2009/06/how-to-care-for-intact-penis-protect.html?m=1
http://www.thewholenetwork.org/14/post/2011/09/proper-care-of-the-intact-penis-from-baby-to-teenager.html

http://www.nocirc.org/publish/4pam.pdf

If you need anymore information I can give you more. I can even get science links and pediatric associations against newborn circumcision from other countries…

Some legal language. Interesting if you can get through it! 😊

http://rjolpi.richmond.edu/archive/Adler_Formatted.pdf

And last I’ll bother you with. I didn’t circumcise my boys because their daddy is whole and not cut but it wasn’t until I read this article below that I did any research and became very very very very against circumcision.

http://www.mothersagainstcirc.org/fleiss.html