Hello fellow Intactivists,
I am doing a informative presentation at a local birth/parenting resource group
here in Oklahoma.
I have talked with many people that witnessed their sons circumcisions
and watched the videos on youtube of circumcisions,
but I need a simple and reliable resource citing all the techniques for pain control and their effectiveness.
I've had a mother of 3 sons say the pediatrician used a topical cream and the baby did not cry at all.
I've heard people say the penile nerve block removed all feeling
and others say the pain can never be eliminated.
I also need the most recent statistics about the incidence of circumcisions performed without any pain control.
Thank you so kindly in advance.
Let me tell you, I went into this project wanting to provide balanced information on the topic
and I have left this project a flaming intactivist.
Thankful every day that my husband in intact, and we ignorantly left our two sons intact,
for the reason that, we'll have them be like dad.
Here is a link to a 1997 article from the Journal of the American Medical Association, which concluded that 'ring block' provided the most effective anesthesia:
You can find more recent articles by doing a search of 'circumcision pain' (no quotes) at pubmed.gov, but the article abstracts I saw were all slanted towards concluding that circumcision is now totally painless, or promoting a particular propriety circumcision device as being quicker and easier to operate (and thus less distressing on the patient).
You may want to check the CIRP's library for info. http://www.cirp.org/library/pain/ contains links to articles that talk about pain and pain control.
As for circs performed without anesthesia, this is the most recent article I've seen: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/101/6/e5. It's from 1998. If you're interested in more anecdotes, here's a thread where circ pain was discussed: http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1286460/is-circumcision-still-painful.