Misconceptions of Male Circumcision:
An Unnecessary Risk
Circumcision in the United States and globally has an age old history. With new medical knowledge regarding the risks associated and the superfluous need of this surgical procedure many people are opting out and leaving their sons uncircumcised. There is new evidence that the foreskin of the glans penis serves many functions and removing it causes many negative effects on a male’s sexuality and rids him of the natural anatomical defenses of the organ. Specifically in the United States there has been a great decline. More awareness has successfully avoided many male newborns from having this procedure with hopes the method will diminish in its use throughout the years to come.
It was an exciting time in my life the spring of 2007, especially when we heard the news; it’s a boy:” This meant there was a decision to make within the next month regarding whether or not to circumcise our son after birth. I began to ask my girlfriends who had sons what they chose and every one of them had circumcised their sons and so I was concerned if I did not choose circumcision, he would be teased by other boys when he was older. Being that I was given no information regarding the issue and also knew nothing about it I left the decision to my husband. After our son was born a circumcision was performed just twelve hours after his birth while he was still in the hospital. Sixteen months later came our second son, and he too was circumcised, however, this time we had to pay out of pocket for the procedure. I believe it was about this time that people were choosing to leave their boys un-circumcised. In fact according to The CDC circumcision rates in the US have fallen sharply over the last decade—from 56% of newborn boys circumcised in 2006, to 33% in 2009, quite a decline in just 3 years. Changes in health care coverage are...
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