Hi, I was hoping you could give me some information on circumcision and your opinion on whether or not to have it done. My son couldn't have it done at birth because of some breathing complications he had. They recommended to wait until he is a year old. He is now 16 months old and I've had the appointment made twice to have the surgery. However, he has gotten sick right before the surgery both times. I am really wondering if I should follow through with this or not. The pediatrician is recommending it and telling me that I should do it because his father is circumcised and I wouldn't want my son to feel like he was different. I would really appreciate to hear what you think!
If your husband's foot was missing, would you have your son's foot removed to match his dad? Of course, not. This is simply an excuse for circumcision, but it's a lame excuse, at best. Children can understand individual differences. Usually, boys feel sorry for their dads when they learn dad's foreskin was cut off. One five-year-old boy, when he learned what circumcision is, said, "Well, I'm glad you didn't let anyone cut that part off me, it's the part that tickles the best!"
Clearly, your son's pediatrician doesn't understand the important structures, functions, development, and care of the normal penis. The foreskin covers and protects the urinary opening, keeping contaminants out and the urinary tract sterile. It also covers the glans (head of the penis), keeping it soft and moist. In addition, the foreskin is the tissue necessary to accommodate a full erection, which is why so many circumcised males complain of tight, painful erections. And, the foreskin houses 20,000-70,000 specialized, erogenous nerve endings that allow a male to know what his penis is feeling. These are the nerve endings that allow a male to ride the wave to orgasm and, without them, why the #1 complaint of circumcised males is premature ejaculation. Interestingly, these men think it's because they're so sensitive. They don't realize it's because of the missing nerve endings (the ones that "tickle the best"). C. J. Fallier wrote, in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1970, "...the fundamental biological sexual act becomes, for the circumcised male, simply the satisfaction of an urge and not the refined sensory experience it was meant to be." Later in life, without the protective covering, the glans becomes dried, calloused, and desensitized from exposure to clothing, a condition that continues with aging. It's no mystery why the sales of Viagra is so high in the USA.
Your son was lucky enough to have gotten sick before each of his scheduled surgeries, which gave you an opportunity to educate yourself. For more information, please visit www.nocirc.org, click on "Directory" in the menu at the top of the page, again on "Important Articles" when the next screen comes up, and read the second, third, and fourth articles. Then, go back to the home page, click on the box with the pamphlets in them, and read pamphlets 3, 4, 6, and 7. Then, you'll know more than most doctors learned in medical school. And, most importantly, you'll understand why it's so important to protect your son from unnecessary, non-therapeutic, painful, and damaging surgery. After all, it's his body and it should be his choice! One day, he'll thank you for it!