My OB is being really really pushy about this though!
WTH? No, our little boy will be staying intact unless there are any specific medical issues that arise that would necessitate circumcision. I don't feel it's our place to make the choice to remove a normal, healthy, functional part of his genitalia. My husband is American and cut, but he feels the same way as me. Luckily circumcision is not the norm in the UK.
That's kind of the way OH and I feel about it. OH is NOT cut and I'm sure that plays a big part in his desire to have his son intact too!
Aidens Mummy-yes, it is very common in the US for boys to be circumcised as newborns. The prevailing reasoning is for cleanliness sake. In addition, there have been studies that show that boys who are circumcised are slightly less likely to pass STD's on to their partners (very very very very slight statistical difference however). And finally, there is a prevailing notion that a little boy should look like his daddy and since most adult men are circumcised...
Oh thanks for that hun. Its a eye opener to how different other countries are in culture ways of living etc.
In the UK no one is circumsised - i dont think ive ever seen a circumsisted one :-).
How did it come about to be so popular in the US? I knew it was popular over there but it just seems so odd when the rest of europe etc doesnt routinely circumsise children unless the relgion of the country is islam or judism.
In the UK its either for some specific medical condition or if you're muslim or jewish, so its a minority that have it done. I dont think theres particularly any higher stats for STDs over here or anything - If there was something would have been publisised about it by now.
Location: Grangemouth, Scotland (originally from MI,USA)
Knowing both views, it is so uncommon here but is TOO common in the USA. My sis goes on and on about HYGEINE!!! that makes me so mad because my husband and so many others (especially in UK) are not circumsised and he has never had an issue with hygeine, I think the only reason it is so common in the US is that because it is so common, women dont want their babies being teased but if it was less common they wouldnt so it is a catch 22. My mom said my brothers (it was a tmi convo) are only half circumsised because it was tight and it kinda needed a snip, otherwise they wouldnt be because my dad (again tmi ) isnt circumsised. But I think daddy and baby should have matching willies (that sounds bad ) but seriously, he will be the one teaching him how to take care of it (not that he will need to but you know, if any questions arise)
mummypeanut-the std studies have shown a very tiny elevated risk. Probably not something that would ever actually show up in a population. Honestly, most of the studies do not find a statistically significant difference and a couple of the more often quoted ones were fairly poorly run studies (bad controls, etc.) I don't honestly know the origin of the popularity in the US, shall have to look that up. I know it has been something that has fallen in and out of favor in the states over the past century however.
It is very common here in Canada. I talked to my doctor and he said he could not give us any advise as he too thinks it is a personal/ cultural choice. So he left it up to us...and I left it up to OH who decided for it as he is cut (but I will have to take the LO )
I have never understood the cleanliness thing. My OH is not circumcised and keeps himself perfectly clean! (sorry if TMI!)
Almost PMSL at the idea of a circumcised penis being more attractive. I'm sorry, but NO penis is attractive...its just an odd appendage! Kind of ugly if you ask me!
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