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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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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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/

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

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/

My response piercing and circumcision

http://duggarsonmymind.blogspot.com/2010/05/piercings-and-circumcisions-are-duggars.html?m=1

Excerpt from post:

Jews do it for religious reasons. I believe Muslims do too, but I don’t know for certain. I still think it’s an unnecessary bit of surgery and all surgery carries risk, but these mothers don’t seem to mind about that, but piercing ears they all want laws passed so babies can’t have it done. The dichotomy between the two amazes me, especially when pointed out to them, they still don’t see it.

So if I am blessed with a son, he will have a bris and will be circumcized. And I’m eagerly awaiting for the day when my husband thinks my daughter is old enough to have her ears pierced.

Now what do you think–are either of these barbaric or is it just a personal choice?

My response:

I dislike both procedures for babies.
Ear piercing should be done by a professional piercer, not a Claire’s employee with a piercing gun…. The child should be able to communicate a desire for the piercing and be at an appropriate age to understand the pain and necessary after care.

I do think circumcision of infants and minors without medical need is barbaric and cruel. Forced circumcisions of male and female minors happens around the world in various cultures and is unethical. Yes, the elders may be carrying out their cultural traditions but that doesn’t mean that the tradition is humane, ethical and not ritual abuse.
Even in medical infant circumcisions proper pain relief for pre/during/post surgical procedure may not be effectively administered because the child is so small the amount of pain relief given is minimal for safety reasons.

Boys and girls can be damaged sexually for life if a circumcision if done wrong or becomes infected.
The child should be able to choose, when the child is mature enough to understand the consequences of circumcision and the aftercare necessary. If the circumcision is of a religious nature the child needs to know what it is for and accept the responsibility of the faith.

(Please excuse typos)

🌸roxanne🌸

(To anyone reading this I am not linking the original article for you to reply to the article. Please, never leave mean messages to anyone. Period)

Other links:

Jews against circumcision
http://www.jewsagainstcircumcision.org/

Beyond the bris
http://www.beyondthebris.com/?m=1

Jewish circumcision resource center
http://www.jewishcircumcision.org/

http://www.nocirc.org/symposia/second/moss.html

Muslims against circumcision: fb page
https://m.facebook.com/muslimsagainstcirc?id=163218643813480&_rdr

Quarinic path
http://www.quranicpath.com/misconceptions/circumcision.html

The American Muslim
http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/did-you-know-prophet-muhammad-wasnt-circumcised/


Christians against circumcision: fb page
https://m.facebook.com/pages/Christians-Against-Circumcision-Jesus-Was-an-Intactivist/154559224605917?id=154559224605917&_rdr

Drmomma.org of peaceful parenting
http://www.drmomma.org/2010/02/christians-baptism-not-circumcision.html?m=1

Christian answers
http://christiananswers.net/q-eden/circumcision.html

Catholics against circumcision
http://www.catholicsagainstcircumcision.org/


Nurses for the rights of the child
http://childrightsnurses.org/

Doctors opposing circumcision
http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/info/materials.html

Docking and circumcision

Why do we are have a fascination with cutting parts off of creatures?
This link: http://www.4rottweilers.com/rottweiler_natural_tail_truth.htm is against the tail docking of Rottweilers. (Awesome) in its arguments it actually makes a good case against circumcision or rather for leaving things as nature intended.
Excerpt:

We successfully finished one of the first tailed dogs in Canada – where they allow both docked and tailed dogs in the show ring (CanCh USRC NYS’04 SWRYS’03&’04 NCRSA’04 SWRSA’05 Redwood Krest’s Friday CS BH). Now there are MANY finished Canadian Champions! Both AKC and CKC judges have put up quality dogs, Friday received a 5 point major in Canada under a well known, highly regarded AKC judge. When I approached him after the show and told him “Thank you for finding my dog with the tail.” he simply replied “What’s not to find, he is a beautiful, correct Rottweiler and the tail doesn’t make a bit of difference.” Hmmm, Apparently the judges are still able to assess a dog’s structure with a natural tail.

…tail selection will suddenly move from no consideration at all to major consideration in the selection of breeding stock”

We have had many litters with natural tails and have found no need to change our breeding program to accommodate some imaginary problem with the tails or structure. Despite the fact that they were previously removed, the tails still knew what they were supposed to be if left intact. Ring tails and kinked tails do occur – in some bloodlines more than others – however they have no impact on the health of the dog, they are a simple cosmetic fault.

“…a long tail would probably become injured by beating it against the wall, the table, etc.”

A Rottweiler is no more prone to tail injuries than any other natural tailed dog. Would it be logical to argue that all dogs breeds should be docked to protect against tail injury? Tail sprains and injuries happen to all natural tail breeds but this has never been used as a reasonable argument to support docking of all dog breeds.

Docked or natural in the U.S. is purely personal preference. The presence of a tail has not, and will not change the structure of the breed, it is the breeders that change the structure of the breed. In the United States of America, ALL Rottweiler fanciers should striving for the same thing…

THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE!

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And a separate link:
http://www.wesburgs.com/Natural-World-Standard.htm
Excerpt:

Tail docking today is the amputation of a dog’s tail at varying lengths to suit the recommendations of a breed standard. Docking involves the amputation of the puppy’s tail either with scissors, a knife or with a rubber band (called banding). The cut goes through many highly sensitive nerves in the tissues including skin, cartilage, and bone. This procedure is usually performed without any anesthetic at between three to five days of age. The procedure can be performed by either a registered veterinary surgeon or by an experienced dog breeder. In many countries veterinarians are declining to perform this unnecessary procedure, meaning that breeders are now docking more dogs.

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Yes, there is strong evidence that this is the case. The puppy has a fully developed nervous system and a well-developed sense of pain. Puppies scream during the procedure and they whimper, whine and cry for 2-3 days following docking. During the recovery stage they do not eat well and tend to gain weight at a slower rate than undocked puppies. Many veterinarians condemn the practice and refuse to perform the procedure because it is totally unnecessary and can lead to serious complications. Some veterinarians continue perform tail amputation reluctantly in order to keep the procedure under professional supervision, please their clients and to minimize the risk to the pups.

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There is considerable scientific evidence that docking can lead to complications, including hemorrhage, infection and occasionally death of the puppy. In later life the stump of the tail may be painful due to the formation of neuroma (nerve tissue scar) in the stump. This also occurs following amputation of limbs in people and causes considerable discomfort. Dogs have evolved into their current shape over many thousands of years. If a tail were not useful to a dog, natural selection would have eliminated it long ago. Indeed, tails have many useful functions and are important for balance and body language among other things.

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Joseph4gi: codifying medical fraud

I somehow deleted my original posting of joseph4gi’s article

http://joseph4gi.blogspot.com/2013/08/who-codifying-medical-fraud.html?showComment=1377506561200&m=1

How do you justify the forced genital mutilation of minors?

Invent pathological conditions that make it indispensable.
Link anatomically correct male organs to the proliferation of disease.

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Perhaps the best example of this is none other than female circumcision; a federal law makes the forced cutting of girls of any kind, and at any age, a punishable offense, and there are no exemptions for “religious” female genital cutting, or cultures where female genital cutting is practiced.

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For over a century, circumcision “researchers” can be seen trying to link circumcision with the prevention of feared diseases; there is no shortage of “studies” that say that circumcision prevents this or that, all written by “researchers” who promote its universal adaption. They can also be seen trying to pathologize the presence of anatomically correct male genitalia, and the many stages of its development, setting arbitrary ages by which the foreskin should be “retractable for cleaning.”

While there will never be enough “research” to justify the forced circumcision of girls, it seems circumcision advocates have made the covert contract with themselves, that the forced circumcision of boys will one day be justified, even made compulsory, if only they could come up with the right amount of “studies” that say circumcision prevents disease. We see them trying very hard today, promoting “mass circumcision” in Africa, in the so-called name of AIDS prevention.

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WHO Codifies False Conditions Into Existence
The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released their new 2013 ICD-10 codes, which are scheduled to go into effect in October 2014. ICD, which stands for “International Classification of Diseases”, is the global system for reporting morbidity and mortality statistics, for billing, and for health care automated decision support.

The new codes for conditions of the foreskin include a prominent (first on the list) billable code, for a condition whoever wrote these codes want to call “adherent prepuce in the newborn.” If these codes go into effect, it means that doctors and hospitals will be able to claim “adherent prepuce” as a valid medical diagnosis in neonates (valid in the sense that a billable code exists in the WHO ICD system, not that it is an actual medical condition necessitating surgical correction), and be able to legally charge to “correct” it, thereby possibly justifying routine infant circumcision.

The new proposed codes under classification N47, “Disorders of the Prepuce,” can be seen here. (To view, click on the hyperlink for “9 codes” in the second bullet point to read the full list of nine, beginning with N47.0 – Adherent Prepuce, Newborn.)

Without medical or clinical indication, doctors have no business performing surgery on healthy, non-consenting newborns, let alone asking parents to make any kind of “decision.” However, if these codes, which the US Centers for Medicaid and Medicare use, go into effect, doctors will have a code available to justify routine infant circumcision, starting next year unless the new code is rescinded. A whole new ICD-11 code system is slated to be introduced for 2015.

click this link for the entire article

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Another reason newborn infant circumcision is wrong

(Excuse typos- spell checking now. I was using Siri voice to text earlier)

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/cole-s-miracle-heart/79885

I feel for this family. I really do. What a horrible way to find out your son has a heart condition. However, it didn’t need to be discovered in such a stressful way for the child.
It just goes to show that just because a baby seems healthy and perfect doesn’t mean he is or should be subjected to cosmetic elective surgery.
Poor baby. Poor family.
I hope he continues to do better.

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Another heart defect discovered during an infant boy’s circumcision

https://m.facebook.com/pages/Help-Tyson-Fight/196999853698730?id=196999853698730&_rdr

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And another
http://www.drmomma.org/2011/10/newborn-baby-survives-heart-failure.html?m=1

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Newborn Baby Survives Heart Failure Following Circumcision

“About 15 minutes after they circumcised him, he crashed,” Bond said. “Luckily, we had someone here that knew what was going on and saved his life.”

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now before you think “thank goodness they circumcised him so they found out about the heart condition
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I want you to think about baby girls.
Girls can have heart conditions too but we don’t try to discover them by electively cutting their genitals.

Circumcision exacerbates these heart conditions. If these babies were not circumcised the body wouldn’t have been under the stress that caused the episode. Yes, they still would have had a heart condition but at least they would not have stressed the heart and baby.

I don’t blame the parents. They are duped by the medical community here in United States. They are feed that circumcision is the right thing to do. They are told its healthier, cleaner and more visually appealing. They aren’t told that having foreskin is normal, natural and appropriate. They aren’t told that the foreskin is part or the penis. They are told it is a flap of skin with no function or purpose.
The foreskin or prepuce protects the glans or penile head keeping it warm, moist and covered.

A review of the scientific literature, however, reveals that the actual eVect of circumcision is the destruction of the clinically demonstrated hygienic and immunological properties of the prepuce and intact penis.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1758142/pdf/v074p00364.pdf (this is a medical site)

In addition to its long term immunological handicap, neonatal circumcision immediately compromises the immune system, making the circumcised male neonate vulnerable to infec- tion, often with tragic consequences.94 95 Even if the circumcisionists’ studies were valid, the real and unavoidable risks of circumcision out- weigh, both quantitatively and ethically, the alleged risks of intact genitalia. Amputation of the prepuce neither inhibits risky sexual behav- iour nor confers immunity after exposure to pathogens. This is demonstrated by the fact that the United States has both the highest number of sexually active circumcised males and the highest rates of genital cancers, STDs, and AIDS of any first world nation.96 97
Mass involuntary circumcision has failed to achieve any of the public health benefits its advocates have claimed for it; but even if it had achieved them all, there can be no scientific or ethical justification for depriving anyone of sovereignty over his own sex organs. Neonatal circumcision violates bodily integrity and imposes on an unconsenting individual a diminished penis for life. In the wake of the Nuremberg trials, it is inappropriate and unethical for doctors to persist in performing or advocating involuntary penile reduction sur- gery on healthy, normal individuals. The totali- tarian concept of involuntary prophylactic sur- gery espoused by circumcision advocates has no place in modern medicine or the civilised world. The key to decreasing the transmission of STDs is education, not amputation.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1758142/pdf/v074p00364.pdf

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http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/DOC/statement02.html

The prepuce traditionally has been described as a simple fold of skin,1 for which the purpose and function are unknown. This is inaccurate. In reality, the prepuce is a complex structure with multiple anatomical and physiological functions.2

The prepuce is a portion of the entire covering of the penis. It is specialized tissue, composed of skin, mucosa, nerves, blood vessels, and muscle fibers.2 It is anchored by the abdominal wall at the proximal end of the penis and at the proximal end of the glans penis. It is not attached to the shaft of the penis, so, after puberty, it is free to slide back and forth, everting and inverting as it does.3 The sliding/rolling back and forth is called the gliding action.3,4

A frenulum is found on the ventral side of the penis. The frenulum serves to tether a movable structure to a non-movable structure. The penile frenulum returns the foreskin to its normal protective forward position.2 Most men report that the frenulum is highly erogenous tissue.

Peripenic Muscle

In the skin of the penis, there is a sheath of dartos fascia muscle fibers — the peripenic muscle.2,3,5 The muscle fibers keep the prepuce snug against the glans penis.3 The fibers of the peripenic muscle sheath form a whorl at the tip of the prepuce, which act as a sphincter,3 especially in infants and children. The sphincter also serves to prevent inadvertent retraction of the prepuce. The peripenic muscle gives the prepuce great elasticity, allows it to stretch, and helps to return the prepuce to its forward, protective position after retraction.2 The elasticity of the prepuce plays an important role in the erogenous and sexual functions of the prepuce.

Immunology

The prepuce covers and protects the glans penis and urinary meatus. In most males, the prepuce protects the sterile urinary tract environment in infancy and maintains the moistness — beneficial to good health — of the mucosal surface of the glans penis throughout life.6 Fleiss et al. (1998) have identified immunological functions that help to protect the body from pathogens:7

sphincter action of the preputial orifice functions like a one-way valve, allowing urine to flow out but preventing the entry of infectious contaminants;
apocrine glands of the inner prepuce, which secrete lysozyme, an enzyme that breaks down cell walls of pathogens (and also acts against HIV8);
sub-preputial moisture that lubricates and protects the mucosa of the glans penis; and
high vascularity to bring phagocytes to fight infection.
The epidermis of the prepuce contains Langerhans cells that secrete cytokines,2 hormone-like low-molecular-weight proteins, which regulate the intensity and duration of immune responses.9 de Witte and colleagues (2007) report that the Langerhans cells produce langerin, a substance that provides a barrier to HIV infection.10

Innervation

The prepuce of the newborn male has extensive innervation. Winkelmann (1956) reported, “[t]he principal form of innervation of human newborn prepuce consists of a deep and superficial network of nerve fibres in the dermis.”11 Moldwin & Valderrama (1989) reported an extensive neuronal network in the prepuce.12

http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/DOC/statement02.html

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“My son asked about his circumcision”

http://www.everythingbirthblog.com/2012/07/my-son-finally-asked-about-his-circumcision/

Yesterday, my ten year old son asked me if we could look through his baby albums. Every baby book has that one picture of the new baby, completely stark-naked, right? (Fingers crossed you just nodded to yourself.) When we got to that one, my son looked at it, then looked a little harder at it. Then he said, “Mom, what happened to my penis? It’s all red!”
I swallowed real hard. (My mom-pride doesn’t go down easy and we all know that I feel I made a mistake when I had my son circumcised.) Took a deep breath and said, “That’s where you were circumcised.”
He asked me what that meant.
I told him, “When you were born, you had a covering on the end of your penis called a foreskin. When you were circumcised, the doctor removed that covering.”
“What?!” He was shocked. “You let them cut off part of my penis off?! Why would you do that!?”
I explained to him that at that time most parents did, because doctors told us that we should. I told him they said it would prevent infection.
My ten year old said, “It would seem like cutting my penis could give me an infection. Plus, look at my face, I looked like I was in pain. It probably still hurt then, Mom.”
I said nothing, just listened.
Then he said, “Also, mom, I bet if that skin was there, it wouldn’t hurt sometimes when it rubbed against my underwear. I bet that was supposed to protect it.”
“You’re probably right,” I said.
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http://www.everythingbirthblog.com/2011/12/why-i-chose-to-circumcise-my-son/

This link tell of the “mother above’s” motives and regret about circumcising her son. The comment section is most insightful.

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A Father (not related to the above family) explains cultural quirks, customs, traditions and circumcision to his son.
Click the link below for the actual pictures and the full story of the slide show power point presentation.

http://www.restoringtally.com/blog/2010/03/fathers-talk-his-son-about-infant-circumcision

When my son came home from school today, he packed up for his camping trip and I called him downstairs to my home office area.
The Circumcision Slideshow

After a brief overview of “growing up” and all, I walk him through the following (with pics):
– Dogs with normal ears and cropped ears (the term used when ears are shortened)

– Dogs with normal tails and then docked tails (the term used when tails are removed)

– Baby girl with normal ears and the with pierced ears

– Baby boy with normal skin and one with tattoos (I just stumbled upon this); crazy to think that someone would REALLY do that!

At this point we discuss the pain that would be involved with these modifications and the idea that PERHAPS the dogs/children would not have wanted this to happen, had they been given the choice
– I then show a few pics of tribal body modification (funny neck rings) to show how different cultures do different things; one pic is of a little girl ~7 or so, with some rings on her neck and another pic is of an adult female, with ~15-20 rings on her neck (truly disturbing! And we both wanted to look away!)

We then discussed those ear lobe things and lip plate things – I did this to highlight that different cultures do different things
– I then showed a few pics of out dated medical procedures; first being “barbers” (bloodletting and all as it was thought that “bad blood” made you sick) and another with medicinal leeches (but saying that some people still use leeches since they think it can be helpful)

At this point I give him a GOOD warning that we will now get into some very private stuff
– Pic (drawing) of intact infant penis (with foreskin) and I introduce the term (foreskin; which he had never heard before) and explain that it covers the tip of the penis

I then mention that sometimes, for some reason moms/dads/doctors alter this “natural state”
– I next show him a drawing that shows 3 steps of circ (normal foreskin, skin pulled forward with a line where the cut occurs and then the circed penis, with glans exposed) – again, just drawings, did not think REAL pics were appropriate!

He gets this look of horror on his face! We spend a few minutes talking about this. I had also brought down with me a VERY LONG sock so I could try and explain how the foreskin works (folding over to protect the glans, etc…; I slid the sock onto my hand and rolled it BACK over my fist), then I explained that the glans is like the tongue and is supposed to protected, etc…. I then explained that some cultures do it (this cut thing) and that some doctors think that it is better (I left it at that); but I added that his mother and I did not want to have that done to him because we just did not think it was the right thing to do.
– I then show another picture the shows the cross section of a penis (intact, cut or circumcised) showing how the skin overlaps and protects the glans.

– Finally I show him a graph that shows that circ rates are different as per area, but that (in general) ~50% of boys are and ~50% of are not… I never used the word “uncircumcised” just “natural” or “circumcised” (using UN – IMO – suggests that circumcised is the normal way to be).

We then spend a few minutes chatting it up about how this is a private matter. I explained that sometimes when dads are one way, the boys are that way, but other times, dads can be this way and the boys can be that way. At that point I assumed he was going to ask about myself. I had always been torn as to how I would answer that question if asked by anyone (my son or a doctor). I had decided earlier in the day that IF he did ask me, I would simply say “I have a foreskin” (to say I was “normal” would be a lie and to say “I was cut” would be too painful for me). Anyway, it did not come up… and probably never will.
I then went on to say that no one should ever be teased about this, whether they are one way or the other; that if he were in a room with 10 boys and all were normal but one, that few boys (at this age) would really know why that was and that this one boy should not be teased because he was cut; then, I reversed this and asked him, if he were in a room with 10 boys and he was the only one that was “normal” and they teased him, what would he think?
My Son’s Reaction

The words that came out of his mouth warmed my heart and crystallized my decision 10 years ago (as I had always worried about his reaction to this decision).
“Well, I would know that they were the ones who got hurt.”

WHAT MORE COULD I ASK FOR?
We spoke for a few more minutes and then he wanted to LEAVE (he had had enough of this “private” discussion). I followed him upstairs and he goes and hugs his mom….
I asked him why he was hugging her. He said, “for not doing that to me.”
He then came over and hugged me (and did not let go until I made him).
As much as I’m so proud of him for understanding and happy that I had realized ALL of this before my son was born, I’m saddened.

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Circumcision is normal?

Circumcision is normal. It’s just what we do.-
(says women in regards to female circumcision, says men in regards to male circumcision.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcJNAtn-c6I&sns=em

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Question circumcision!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOPb47J12Yc&sns=em

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDJyZIPvExY&sns=em

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the above arguments for female circumcision are used for male circumcision in the United States. Children should not be subjected to genital cuttings against their will.(please remember there are several types of female circumcision)
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Breast ironing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJM7triOIds&sns=em

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Photo of circumstraint, an infant restraining device used mostly to perform infant circumcision

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http://www.quickmedical.com/olympicmedical/circumstraint/immobolizer.html

In less than 30 seconds, a nurse can immobilize the struggling infant securely in the correct position with Circumstraint. The immobilizer works on a proven principle of positive 4-point restraint. Soft wide Velcro® brand fastener straps encircle the infant’s elbows and knees, depriving him/her of leverage. The child is held safely and securely without danger of escape. Circumstraint’s comfortable contoured shape positions the infant, hips elevated, perfectly presenting the genitalia. The platform between the infant’s legs provides support for a circumcision clamp. Without pins, towels, plastic shells or the threat of strangulation, Circumstraint snugly and securely immobilizes the infant with their entire torso visible.

http://www.quickmedical.com/olympicmedical/circumstraint/immobolizer.html

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Mogen clamp

Joseph4gi: religious freedom? Parental choice?

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http://joseph4gi.blogspot.com/2012/12/religious-freedom-and-parental-choice.html?m=1

this man is awesome click on the link above

Often, those who defend the forced circumcision of male children appeal to people’s resentment of government intervention. They would like to pretend like being a parent is a carte blanche for parents to do whatever they want with their children, and the government never intervenes.

The blunt fact of the matter is that, if being a parent justified everything one does with their children, there wouldn’t be need for child protective services.

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Clitoral Hood Amputation Bad, but Glans Hood Amputation Good? ByBecomeInformed

YouTube video. CNN years ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pXVmuQSjos&sns=em

side note: not all Africans are for FGM just like not all Americans are for MGM.

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Clitoral Hood Amputation Bad, but Glans Hood Amputation Good?
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Would you ever cut off your infant’s clitoral hood? Even if it is considered healthier and more sexually attractive to do so by the culture you live in? How can we in the US alternately condemn or sanction the cutting off of the exact same body part with the only difference being the child’s gender?

Compare Cultural Rationales by pioneering FGM researcher Hanny Lightfoot-Klein:

In Africa they say:

“She loses only a little piece of the clitoris, just the part that protrudes. The girl does not miss it. She can still feel, after all. There is hardly any pain. Women’s pain thresholds are so much higher than men’s.”

In the USA we say:

“It’s only a little piece of skin. The baby does not feel any pain because his nervous system is not developed yet.”

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In Africa they say:

“The parts that are cut away are disgusting and hideous to look at. It is done for the beauty of the suture.”

In the USA we say:

“An uncircumcised penis is a real turn-off. Its disgusting. It looks like the penis of an animal.”

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In Africa they say:

“Female circumcision protects the health of a woman. Infibulation prevents the uterus from falling out [uterine prolapse]. It keeps her smelling so sweet that her husband will be pleased. If it is not done, she will stink and get worms in her vagina.”

In the USA we say:

“An uncircumcised penis causes urinary infections and penile cancer. It generates smegma and smegma stinks. A circumcised penis is more hygienic and oral sex with an uncircumcised penis is disgusting to women.”

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In Africa they say:

“An uncircumcised vulva is unclean and only the lowest prostitute would leave her daughter uncircumcised. No man would dream of marrying an unclean woman. He would be laughed at by everyone.”

In the USA we say:

“An uncircumcised penis is dirty and only the lowest class of people with no concept of hygiene leave their boys uncircumcised.”

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In Africa they say:

“Leaving a girl uncircumcised endangers both her husband and her baby. If the baby’s head touches the uncut clitoris during birth, the baby will be born hydrocephalic [excess cranial fluid]. The milk of the mother will become poisonous. If a man’s penis touches a woman’s clitoris he will become impotent.”

In the USA we say:

“Men have an obligation to their wives to give up their foreskin. An uncircumcised penis will cause cervical cancer in women. It also spreads disease.”

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In Africa they say:

“A circumcised woman is sexually more pleasing to her husband. The tighter she is sewn, the more pleasure he has.”

In the USA we say:

“Circumcised men make better lovers because they have more staying power[becaues they lose sensitivity] than uncircumcised men.”

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In Africa they say:

“All the women in the world are circumcised. It is something that must be done. If there is pain, then that is part of a woman’s lot in life.”

In the USA we say:

“Men in all the ‘civilized’ world are circumcised.”

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In Africa they say:

“Doctors do it, so it must be a good thing.”

In the USA we say:

“Doctors do it, so it must be a good thing.”

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In Africa they say:

Sudanese grandmother: “In some countries they only cut out the clitoris, but here we do it properly. We scrape our girls clean. If it is properly done, nothing is left, other than a scar. Everything has to be cut away.”

In the USA we say:

My own father, a physician, speaking of ritual circumcision inflicted upon my son: “It is a good thing that I was here to preside. He had quite a long foreskin. I made sure that we gave him a good tight circumcision.”

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In Africa they say:

35 year old Sudanese woman: “Yes, I have suffered from chronic pelvic infections and terrible pain for years now. You say that all if this is the result of my circumcision? But I was circumcised over 30 years ago! How can something that was done for me when I was four years old have anything to do with my health now?”

In the USA we say:

35 years old American male: “I have lost nearly all interest in sex. You might say that I’m becoming impotent. I don’t seem to have much sensation in my penis anymore, and it is becoming more and more difficult for me to reach orgasm. You say that this is the result of my circumcision? That doesn’t make any sense. I was circumcised 35 years ago, when I was a little boy. How can that affect me in any way now?”

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Guggie Daily- on circumcision and its harms

AMEN AMEN AMEN! This was a Facebook status update she posted today.

Facebook post from Guggie Daily:

Do you know of a page, blog, website or other resource against circumcision started by a MAN? Feel free to link it here.

Men DO complain.
They DO acknowledge their loss.
They DO want forced circumcisions to stop.

They DO want their sons to be healthy and whole.It’s not about feeling insecure, inferior or broken.It’s about acknowledging what others have done, and taking a stand to stop the cycle.

It’s not about focusing on the hurt others had in their hearts or what they passed onto the next generation.

It’s about learning to unconditionally love your partner/yourself, to the point that you can look at the facts and still feel completely loved and accepted.

Someone forcefully circumcised you and you’re fine with it? *shrugs* That’s…FINE. It really is. Lucky you, that you don’t have a scar, or discoloration, or nerve damage, or keratinization, or a bridge on the glans, or hair pulled up onto the shaft, or ejaculation issues, or painful/dry/banging sex, or a crooked penis, or meatal stenosis. Lucky you that you weren’t one of the babies who bled to death, or choked on vomit, or had a heart attack, or got an infection after surgery and died.

You’re FINE. That’s good. You don’t have to feel bad about your body or what others did to you.

If you’re FINE, then it shouldn’t bother you to 100% oppose forcing it onto anyone else. If you don’t have bad feelings or unresolved hang ups, then freely jump up to STOP forcing it onto others.

His body, his penis, his health, his life, his sexual partner, HIS CHOICE.

Her website:
http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com/?m=1

Her Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/guggiedaily?ref=stream
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To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.ELBERT HUBBARD