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Question of The Week: To Cut or Not To Cut — 6 Comments

  1. I recommend getting information from someone other than the midwife, because it sounds like you’re getting a great deal of misinformation. First, there ARE health benefits to circumcision and it is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. See the link below. Second, even though Medicaid does not pay for circumcision, there are affordable options and certainly not $500. I know Salud clinic does them for a minimal cost, because pediatricians recognize the benefits. I don’t know the stats on how many are circumcised, but with the other misinformation you’re getting from the midwife, I wouldn’t just blindly trust those numbers.

    Here is information on the health benefits: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/New-Benefits-Point-to-Greater-Benefits-of-Infant-Circumcision-But-Final-Say-is-Still-Up-to-parents-Says-AAP.aspx

    • Right the aap lol!! Sorry but the aap has a profit incentive to push circumcisions. There are 4 on members on the circumcision board and 1 of them even pushed to have female circumcision legalized and billable to the parents. That’s not a reliable source either. They don’t mention that the foreskin has 16 functions and 20000 thousand nerve ending, nor do they mention the risk of death from the procedure, or the host of other complications that are very common with the procedure. If circumcision had any true health benefits the rest of the worlds men (80 percent) would have high rates of stds and HIV and the USA (mostly cut) would have lower rates. But actually the USA has one of the highest rates of of stds and HIV. No medical organization in the world recommends routine infant circumcision, because it’s harmful and cosmetic.

  2. So should we just get rid of the labia minora as well, since pesky things can get trapped in there as well? Teach your son how to clean under his foreskin. Good lord.

  3. Sounds like she needs to hear from someone who is uncircumcised. They would offer the best perspective about social stigmas in this situation.

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