Post # 1
Baby #2 is a boy. I’m very excited about this but we’re so torn regarding circumcision. I know people are doing it less in the US but we live in the south. I’m betting folks are still doing it pretty frequently here. If you, too, live in the south what are your thoughts on it?
Post # 3
@candicemcc: I always assumed we’d get it done, but its not particularly important. If you are religious then I think its a big deal, but if not then it seems unnecessary.
Post # 4
We had both our boys circumsized. There isn’t a religious reason for it, but Fiance is circumsized and we chose to have our sons done for the ease of cleaning and aesthetics of it.
Post # 5
Darling Husband was born and raised in the South (Georgia) and isn’t circumsized.
Post # 6
Whether it’s common or not there are still plenty of health reasons to have it done!
Post # 7
Here in Florida, Medicaid no longer pays for circumcision, so my Childbirth class nurse said they are becoming less common since the economy is so terrible here and people don’t have an extra $300 to shell out. I know it isn’t covered in NC, either.
But I hardly think your locations should be the determining factor for whether you decide to circumsize or not. It’s really up to you and is such a personal decision.
Post # 8
@candicemcc: I don’t live in the south but I had DS circumsized and they didn’t take enough off so he doesn’t look circumsized and I have to put stuff on it every time he takes a bath because if we don’t the extra skin gets stuck together (because of how they cut it). If it is still happening when he is older they are going to have to do surgery and cut it again!
With that said if our next child is a boy (I’m currently 11 weeks) he will NOT be circumsized.
Post # 9
I don’t think location has much to do with it, at least not in the US. It’s your kid, do what you are comfortable with regardless of what is going on around you.
Post # 10
I don’t think your location should play into your decision.
Do some research, from reliable sources, and make an educated decision on what you believe is the best thing to do for your son.
Post # 11
Well.. from my experience… do it. I have seen the health problems it can cause, and I know guys that ended up having to get it done later in life which was painful,embarrarassing, and now they are extra sensitive. That’s just my view on it though.
Post # 12
Circumcising my sons when I have them :3 I’d rather they get it done when they are babies and it hurts less and they won’t remember it then if they need to when they are older. I know guys that had to get it done as adults for medical reasons and they remember the pain and wished it was done to begin with XD
Post # 13
@Steampunk Angel: ‘zactly!!!
sorry I just feel strongly about it after seeing the stuff some guys have been through.
Post # 14
@strangewaysherewecome: I feel you, one of them is actually super paranoid about having anything medically wrong with him down there now, he’s afraid of getting prostate cancer even though it was unrelated to his foreskin problems >.< I guess the memory of the operation on such a sensitive area affected him that much.
While I know that sort of thing isn’t super common to happen (needing it removed as an adult) it’s happened to more than one guy I know and I’d personally rather avoid that problem to begin with lol
Post # 15
I don’t think it has much to do with your regional location, it’s just a personal thing that you and your husband need to decide. I’m from south GA and I think most of the couples I know with little boys have them circumcised, but then again it’s not something I really ask them/have conversations about.
I don’t think it matters either way – but, I don’t have a penis so I can’t offer any helpful advice.
Post # 16
@Bayoumaharajah: There really aren’t. I’ve done lots of research and asked several healthcare professionals. And the AAP doesn’t recommend it–“The existing scientific evidence is not sufficient to recommend routine circumcision.”
Thanks for your input, everyone. My husband doesn’t want to circ. I’m on the fence but definitely think it’s a major decision that shouldn’t be made blindly. Believe me, I’m asking EVERYONE about it. The one thing I worry about is him getting teased or rejected by girls down the road because of this decision. That’s why I was asking about people’s opinion if you live in our region.