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I can't really visualize what he means by that, and what the benefit would be. It sounds entirely unnecessary. And "to make sure it doesn't get stuck in a far down position"? I wouldn't think pulling down would be dangerous but I don't see why anyone feels the need to pull babies' penises around at all.
Quote: "These are completely personal decisions and there are a lot of religious, social and cultural considerations," Wasserheit said. "Nobody is trying to force anyone to get circumcised." This is exactly what they are doing by performing circumcision on newborns. The newborns didn't have a choice, so they were forced into it.
I had to comment on the final paragraph: Quote: And while studies in Africa found that circumcision reduced the risk of a man’s becoming infected by an H.I.V.-positive female partner, it is not clear that a circumcised man with H.I.V. would be less likely to infect a woman. Never mind that the study actually showed women were MORE likely to become infected if their partner was circumcised. This is ignored, yet again.
Ok, I have two sons. Both intact. We live in the UK, where circumcision is unheard of apart from among religious groups, I believe the circ rate is something like 5% of newborns. Anyway, I don't think about or worry about my son's penises at all. The only reason why anyone here does is because you live in a country where circumcision has been the norm for many years. Therefore it's an unknown for you. In a predominantly intact culture, penises are treated like any other...
Quote: Originally Posted by Mama Metis Interesting point! In fact, the high rates of circ in the US are consider one of the reasons that we didn't see a generalized epidemic here in the same way as southern Africa did. The other reason is that Americans tend to be serial monogomists, whereas Africans are part of "sexual networks." In other words, it's common to have more than one partner at a time, which speeds the spread of the virus because...
Common myth. http://www.circumstitions.com/sand.html
Yes, it seems that outcomes are better in the US than over here. The figures are quite different (even to 10-20% difference). They only started doing the Norwood in the mid 1990s here so the oldest children with it are in their teens now. We have had a lot to consider and my husband is very set on the termination. after going back and forth for days he has not budged at all. He is very hard set on not wanting the baby to go through the surgeries, that it is a lot to put a...
I have not been around for a while as we moved house and had no internet for the past month. Everything has been going okay with the pregnancy up until last week when we got some news to completely devastate us. I am having a baby boy, we named him Finn. They could tell us at the scan that he had some kind of defect with his heart and sent us to Great Ormond Street in London to see the cardiac specialist there. They confirmed that he has hypoplastic left heart syndrome....
Found this recent study today: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/151443.php I have some concerns with the results and how they are being interpreted by the article. So the first paragraph is this: Quote: New research from the US suggests that children whose parents won't let them be vaccinated are 23 times more likely to get whooping cough compared to children who are fully immunized. I would interpret that to mean that unvaccinated...
Quote: Originally Posted by tommynomad Thanks for the awesome link, Claire! You're welcome! Check out his other blog posts on circumcision as well. He's one of my favourite bloggers on the topic.
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