The following is a student blog post by a Jessica Weisbrod
The Myths of Circumcision
The decision on whether or not to circumcise your baby can be a long and difficult road to navigate. Many people have differing opinions on what is best. What is best, is for you to do the research yourself and decide after knowing what is fact and what is myth. These are a few of the myths you may encounter:
Circumcision is necessary in order to prevent urinary tract infections.
-False. With proper intact care, the risk of urinary tract infections is very low.
2. The baby does not feel any pain during their circumcision.
- False. Circumcision is painful. Babies are sensitive to pain, just like older children and adults. The analgesics used for circumcision only decrease pain; they do not eliminate it. Further, the open wound left by the removal of the foreskin will continue to cause the baby pain and discomfort for the 7-10 days it takes to heal.
3. Circumcision is routinely recommended and endorsed by doctors and other health professionals.
- False. No professional medical association in the United States or anywhere else in the world recommends routine circumcision as medically necessary. In fact, leaving boys intact is becoming the norm in the U.S., as parents realize the risks and harms of circumcision.
4. Male circumcision decreases chances of contracting HIV/AIDS.
- False. Claims that circumcision prevents HIV have repeatedly been proven to be exaggerated or false. Only abstinence or safe sex, including the use of condoms, can prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
5. Circumcising boys is safe and harmless.
-False. 117 baby boys die every year from circumcision complications.
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Jessica is a dedicated professional doula, serving women for over 5 years. She is happily married and has 3 gorgeous children.
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