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In circ "discussions" there is always some lady who at some point in her life took care of a bunch of men/elderly men who were not circ and had problems with his foreskin and had to be circ. What problems these were is never elaborated on, I have a feeling it's bc docs and nurses don't know how to deal with the foreskin so that's what makes it a problem. But exactly what issues do the elderly have that causes them to need to be circ? And I have to say, I wouldn't want that done to myself as a baby just bc I may have problems as an old lady lol


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I'm an LPN and I've worked in long-term care (nursing homes) for 6 years now. Many men in nursing homes today are intact, particularly those born in the 1930's, during the Great Depression, because many families could not afford to circumcise at that time.

I've never *personally* seen any man have problems with his foreskin, or have I heard any of my aides complain that they are dirty or hard to clean (I would be addressing that issue if it came up wink1.gif). To me it seems like a non-issue. But I do not know how many men were circumcised as adults before I knew them. And everything I'm saying is entirely anecdotal - as is anything you read on the internet from anyone else's personal experience.

Even if some men do have problems with their foreskin in advanced age, consider that they still made it through most of their life - and probably all of their sex life - before these problems occured. This still does not justify newborn circumcision.

And to put thing into perspective:

Most men who live long enough end up with prostate problems. According to webmd, 1 in 12 men age 31-40 have bph (enlarged prostate), 1 in 2 men age 51-60 (yes, that's 50%!), and over age 80 its 8 of 10. http://www.m.webmd.com/men/guide/prostate-problems#

There is a great deal of literature about diagnosing and treating prostate issues in men, and this is a common issue addressed by medicare. Yet how often do you see information and statistics on foreskin problems in the elderly? I have a hard time finding anything written on the subject, and I don't think its because no one is still intact at an elderly age. Its just less of an issue.
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Thanks for your input! I only read these types of comments from women who are supportive of circ. but they never give examples of what exactly the problems are, so I was wondering.

 

I do know that women who are elderly and can't take care of themselves get dirty down there, too.


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Thanks for your input! I only read these types of comments from women who are supportive of circ. but they never give examples of what exactly the problems are, so I was wondering.

 

I do know that women who are elderly and can't take care of themselves get dirty down there, too.

I think the difference is that the foreskin is self-cleaning to the end of a man's life. To a lesser extent, so is a woman's genitals, but I don't see why it would cause any real problems from a medical perspective.

 

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