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Sunday, June 25, 2006

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Better NOW than LATER?

According to the Canadian Paediatric Society, the chance of a boy actually needing a circumcision for medical reasons later in life is just 1%. Why guarentee him the pain and risk of surgery now, when he has a 99% chance of getting through life with a normal, healthy, whole penis? Especially when you consider the following ten reasons why adult circumcision-if it does become necessary-is better than routinely cutting all babies at birth.

Adult vs. Infant Circumcision: 10 Reasons

1.) Adults provide informed consent. Babies have NO choice.

2.) Babies are more-not less-sensitive to pain, and they *do* remember, at least on a subconscious level.

3.) A baby foreskin is fused to the glans, much like your fingernail is attached to your finger. One of the first (and most painful) steps of an infant circumcision involves forcibly separating the two structures-literally, tearing them apart. An adult's foreskin is usually able to retract easily and comfortably.

4.) Adults can have general anesthesia, thereby experiencing a truly "pain free" operation. At best, newborns get local anesthesia...at worst, nothing at all.

5.) Adults can be provided medications to prevent erections during the healing process. Babies are not offered this.

6.) Adults can have "good" pain medications post-op. The most an infant gets is Tylenol.

7.) An adult can choose the exact 'style' of circumcision he prefers...loose, tight...high, low...frenulum/no frenulum...etc. Babies are circumcised by a random methods removing imprecise and highly variable amounts of skin.

8.) Adult penises are BIGGER. There is a lot more room for error with infant circumcision.

9.) Adults will not normally be healing in a 'diaper environment', exposing their surgical wound to urine and feces. This also means adults who are circumcised will likely have a far lower risk of Meatal Stenosis. The risk for babies is 9-10%.

10.) Adults normally have more developed and resistant immune systems and if an infection did occur it would be less dangerous to an adult then a newborn.

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