Originally Posted by JuJuBees
okay.. my friend told me to come to this board. i have a 2yo girl and am pregnant with a boy. i never knew you couldn't not circumsize your kid. i figured it was something you had to do. but, anyway, we are pretty sure we want it done so he can look like every other person we know. what's the big deal anyway. from what i understand they don't feel much, they sleep a lot of times, and it helps to prevent a bunch of stuff down the road. i would think it hurts as much as a paper cut, right? i mean.. if it was so horrible would they still do it? i am open to listening to everyone cause really i dont know much about it.
Hi Jodie! Welcome to MDC. You've gotten some great information already, so I won't reiterate all of that. But what I do want to answer is the question "if it was so horrible why would they still do it?"
There are countries in Europe that have made routine infant circumcision illegal. The rest of Europe pretty much regards it as
: and outdated.
The US is the ONLY industrialized country that still does it at all, and luckily, we are doing it less and less. Doctors make around $350 for each circumcision they perform. On top of that, there is a HUGE industry in foreskins - several cosmetic companies use them in face creams and whatnot, and biogenics companies are leading the pack with using foreskins in their research and products for engineered tissues. Do a google search for "Apligraf" and "Organogenesis" if you want to investigate this.
This is a $1.5 billion
a year industry - and I'm quite sure that has a bit to do with why the practice continues. Hospitals and dr's probably make a good bit of kickback money, whether that be in straight up sale of infant foreskin, or "donations".
Good for you for coming here and asking questions. I had a friend who's brother "had" to be circed at age 9 because he kept getting infections. After talking to her, it was clear that the boy was being forcibly retracted and cleaned. This would be the equivalent of cleaning out the inside of a baby girl's vagina. Can you imagine the infections that would cause?
Now, parents (although sadly most doctors are behind the times in this) know better to not retract the foreskin EVER to clean under it. My son is 17 months old and has never had any problems at all with his penis. All the "special care" an intact penis requires is to wipe the outside like you would a finger - and leave it alone after that. The opening of the foreskin has a sphincter muscle around it, preventing anything (poo, etc) from getting in there, and it's fused to the glans, also preventing anything from getting in there. It's a self-cleaning organ, just like our vaginas.
I know you'll come to the right decision - once you actually learn the facts, it's really a no brainer. So glad you found us!!