Tags: circumcise, details, dirty, drugs, due, health, infection, medications, men, procedure, stats, uninformed, vowed
I need infection stats...
I did circumcise my Ds due to being uninformed. After finding out the dirty details of the awful procedure I have vowed to tell everyone I know about it and plead with them to please know the truth and be informed before making this decision. So far, the mothers that have done it to their Ds's didn't seem affected by the information that I gave. They have said they would have it done again due to #1 risk of infection and #2 social acceptability. Can anyone give me information/stats to counter these absurd reasons? (they are absurd to me now but not when I made my decision)
One mother even commented on how much "extra work" it would be to take care of an intact penis. I tried explaining to her that there is nothing special you need to do but she said "it might hurt for a minute but it's better for them in the long run". :(
Also, the men that I've talked to don't really seem to care that this has been done to them. Basically everyone I've talked to has been completely UNFAZED by the information I've given. Even my Dh said he would still want it done to Ds when he's a newborn and won't remember it rather than when he's an adult after having suffered multiple infections. Ugh...I need stats if anyone has them. Thanks.
Leave a comment...
- 1 Comments
- The risk of UTI infections is less than 1% for boys but 4.5% for girls so that's no argument. After the first 6 months, even that low rate goes way down. Simply breast feeding can reduce the instance of UTIs by more than 2/3. As for other infections, nobody really knows because they are typically treated in doctor's offices, out of the reach of the record keepers. However, the numbers would be similar to UTI infections and can almost always be treated successfully with medication. The instance of those that can not be treated sucessfully is in the order of 1 in 20,000 boys. Whatever the numbers are, they are less than the instances of infection of the circumcision wound. Also consider that at least 1 in 10 circumcised boys will have meatal stenosis usually requiring further medication and surgery and it's a no brainer.
As for social acceptability, it's no longer an issue. These people are thinking of a circumcision rate of 25 years ago when it was almost 100% for native born Americans. That is no longer the case. The circumcision rate is now almost 50/50 so there will be no social issues with being intact with this generation. As a matter of fact, the more educated and intelligent parents are not circumcising as much as the lower educated and less intelligent parents so in our children's future, a circumcision will be a mark that his parents were not well educated and not very bright. I can't argue with that.
Evidence: One mother even commented on how much "extra work" it would be to take care of an intact penis. I tried explaining to her that there is nothing special you need to do but she said "it might hurt for a minute but it's better for them in the long run".
Not educated and not intelligent enough not to run off at the mouth about something she knows nothing about.
As far an everyone being unfazed, that's typical. Until they have heard it several times, it just doesn't sink in. The next person who says something about it will get more of their attention and maybe eventually, someone will get through to them. That's the way these things work.
Frank#1; Mon, 10 Dec 2007 21:44:00 GMT