Genital Integrity is a basic human right.

A educational blog about routine infant circumcision and intactivism.

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Truth about the Plastibell Method



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There is a huge myth regarding the Plastibell among MANY parents. I can't count the number of times I've read a parent's claim that their son had this great/new/painless/cut-free type of circumcision, where they just put a 'little ring' on it and the foreskin falls off days later. WRONG. They still do a dorsal slit to fit the bell and ring on, then they have to tightly tie suturing string around the ring (which crushes the skin/blood vessels the same way a gomco or mogen does), and then the 'excess skin' is trimmed away.

IMO, it's not anymore humane or safe than a mogen or gomco, and there's the added risk of necrotizing fasciitis" (extremely graphic) because of the ROTTING SKIN against an open wound. In addition, while a baby circed by the plastibell method's glans is JUST as RAW as a baby circed by any other method, the plastibell aftercare does NOT include vasoline or petroleum jelly. Parents see this as an advantage, because it's one less thing they have to worry about, but what it means for the baby is their sore, raw, oozy glans is constantly exposed to urine with NO protection.

Also, plastibells are known to generally produce looser circumcisions, which is good in one sense because baby gets to keep a little bit of his foreskin at least...but it also means a higher chance of penile adhesions...which of course a lot of doctors still unnecessarily lyse (rip back) during office visits with no anesthetic.

2 Comments:

  • At 9:19 PM, Blogger mommytimestwo said…

    Thanks so much for this blog!! This is a valuable resource. I printed off some of the pamphlets you have listed for my sister today, she is having her son in August and is leaving him intact, but I know she doesn't have any information on proper care of an intact penis. Thanks for having all this stuff right here at my fingertips!!

     
  • At 10:26 PM, Blogger Jen said…

    You're very welcome! Glad to hear your sister is bringing the whole baby home.

     

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