Originally Posted by 2boyzmama
Her sister is a dr who just had a baby boy. Her sister was researching circ and she said the deciding factor was "new evidence showing increased rate of infection in older men who are intact."
I said "I don't think that the potential for infection 80 years in the future has any bearing on my newborn son's foreskin." A good counter, right?
My friend said "well you do lots of things with your son's future health in mind, you eat certain foods when pregnant, you breastfeed, you feed him certain foods as a child, you control his exposures to certain chemicals, etc. So of course you make decisions now based on your son's future health, that's your job as parent."
1) I'd like to see this research. If it even exists, I'd like to know if it allows for the number of intact babies who have their penises brutalized by "experts" who insist they have to be able to retract at age two or three, or whatever arbitrary cutoff they dream up.
2) She's right. I do many things with my children's future health in mind. However, there is always a risk/benefit analysis involved. A risk - admittedly rare, but real - of circ is death
. I see no risk in breastfeeding. I see no risk in limiting junk food. I see no risk in encouraging exercise. (Okay - I see some risk in the latter - increased possibility of bumps, bruises, or even a broken bone. But, the risk/benefit analysis of bumps or bruises vs. massively increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, etc. comes out hugely
in favour of exercise.) The risks (meatal stenosis, painful erections, complications requiring re-circ, death, etc.) simply drown
the potential benefit of "he may get fewer infections when he's old".
3) This is the only surgery
people in our culture routinely perform on a healthy body part, due to a possible
increase in a minor
problem much, much later in life. By this logic, we should remove the breasts of little girls, the prostates of little boys, and the appendices of both sexes, because breast cancer, prostate cancer and appendicitis are all much bigger deals than minor penile/foreskin infections. But, nobody would do that, because we just don't go around removing healthy, functioning body parts, just in case they may have problems later.