Circumcision: pros and cons (glad its a sunnah)

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was watching sunrise today…normally they have ditsy/trivial things people forget when the next advertisement goes on…but for those who were not fasting and having their breakfast today, i’m sure the segment on circumcision was a little hard to swallow on…

check out the vid in this link

being muslim, baz will be circumcized but won’t be until in the next few months when he’s worked off a bit of the fat around his chunky thighs…but i definitely don’t want to be one of those parents who wait until they’re like 7, 8 and then do the chop because i can’t bear baz being mentally scarred or tortured later…can barely take it whenever he cries from getting his injections done…

here’s what islam has to say about it:

here’s what the medics also have to say on this topic:

Fact sheet: the pros and cons of male circumcision

What is circumcision?

Circumcision in the male refers to the surgical removal of the foreskin (prepuce) of the penis. The foreskin is a redundant fold of skin, which overlaps the end of the glans penis.

At birth, it is normal for the inner surface of the foreskin to be fused to the glans and separation occurs during childhood. By five years of age most boys should be able to retract the foreskin however a small percentage of boys are unable to do this until after puberty.

By puberty, uncircumcised boys should be able to retract the foreskin and clean underneath it to avoid infection.

Gentle washing of the genital area is sufficient in newborns and infants and later, when the foreskin is fully retractable, boys should be taught the importance of washing beneath the foreskin on a regular basis. 1

Why is it important?

Circumcision has been around for religious and cultural reasons for thousands of years. Originally it was most likely done as a hygienic measure in hot, dry and often sandy environments and is still an important ritual in some religious groups.

Circumcision has been associated with a number of medical benefits, including lower rates of urinary tract infections, penile cancer, penile inflammation, penile dermatoses and sexually transmitted diseases.

Parents of newborn males often face many questions in the decision-making process on circumcision with major factors concerning opinions of family and friends, conformity with their dad and medical issues.

It is important that parents are presented with unbiased, accurate information so that they can make an informed decision as well as consider that the magnitude of some benefits depends on the age that circumcision is performed. Talking to people they trust can be another important step for parents in the decision-making process.

General statistics

The rates of circumcision vary around the world and are subject to trends as medical and ethical issues are debated.

In recent years the rate of circumcision in Australia has fallen and it is now estimated that 10 – 20% of male infants are circumcised 1
Urinary tract infections affect 1 – 2% of boys but may be 5 times less frequent in circumcised boys 1

Circumcision has a complication rate of 1 – 5% and includes local infection, bleeding and damage to the penis. Serious complications such as bleeding and septicaemia may rarely even result in death 1
Penile cancer is rare – it affects 1 in 100,000 men in developed countries 1

What are the benefits?

Reduction in urinary tract infections: the prevalence is higher in infancy than in older males. The risk of urinary tract infection is higher in males with underlying renal tract abnormalities and it is likely that “a small group of boys” will benefit from circumcision. 1
Reduction of cancer: compared to uncircumcised men, circumcised men appear to have a lower risk of penile cancer and their female sexual partners may have a lower risk of cervical cancer. 2

*Penile cancer – this is rare but the risk is increased three – to six fold in uncircumcised men;

*Cervical cancer – uncircumcised men may be more likely to acquire and transmit the human papillomavirus (HPV) that is responsible for most cervical cancers.

*Reduction in penile inflammation and retractile disorders: penile inflammatory disorders are less common in circumcised men but can develop whether or not circumcision has been performed.

*Uncircumcised males who retract the foreskin while bathing are less likely to experience problems with inflammation. Acute and recurrent problems of the foreskin can sometimes be managed medically but surgical intervention may be required. 1

*Reduction in sexually transmitted diseases (eg syphilis, gonorrhoea, herpes, HPV, HIV): the literature shows that generally, circumcision protects against contracting and passing on these diseases. The prepuce can act as a reservoir for viral organisms. The uncircumcised penis is protected by the foreskin and does not become keratinised and so is more susceptible to irritation. The significant reduction in risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections is an important medical benefit of circumcision and recent research has prompted the World Health Organisation to develop specific policy recommendations to expand and promote male circumcision as a method of HIV prevention as part of an HIV prevention package. Circumcision does not provide complete protection against HIV and should not replace safe sex practices. 2, 3

*Improved hygiene: genital hygiene is easier in the absence of a foreskin.

What are the risks?

The rate of procedure-related complications is about 1 – 5% with most of these problems readily treatable with no long-term effects. 1

*Pain and distress: surgical excision of the foreskin is painful. Safe and effective pain control exists and should be offered to all infants undergoing the procedure.

*Bleeding and local infection: these are the most common, significant complications. The risk of severe bleeding is higher if there is an underlying problem such as haemophilia. Wound infection occurs infrequently and is usually mild enough to be treated with local treatment. 1

*Cosmetic reasons: too much or too little skin removal may present problems 2

*Ulceration: irritation from wet nappies may cause ulceration in the first few weeks after circumcision. Ulceration may lead to stenosis or ‘hardening’ of the ‘eye of the penis’. 2

*Buried penis: refers to a penis that is buried under scar tissue that develops at the site of incision. It may occur if too much or too little skin is removed. Treatment is surgical. 2

*Sexual dissatisfaction: Some literature indicates that the end of the penis becomes less sensitive when the foreskin is removed. However, most circumcised males do not describe psychological trauma or decreased sexual function as a result of being circumcised. 2

What’s happening in Australia?

In Australia circumcision is currently restricted in public hospitals in NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania, with South Australia said to follow. 4

Public hospitals will continue to provide circumcision where there is an identified need for surgery to improve the patient’s physical health. The medical reasons for circumcision may include the following:

*Phimosis: a condition that prevents the retraction of the foreskin, which is either congenital or the result of infection.

*Recurrent Balanoposthitis: generalised inflammation of the penis occurring as a complication of bacterial or fungal infection.

*Paraphimosis: a condition characterised by an inability to replace the foreskin in its normal position after it has been retracted, which is caused by a narrow or inflamed foreskin.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is reviewing its policy on neonatal circumcision with information to be released at the end of 2007. 1

~ by nursheikha on August 28, 2009.

5 Responses to “Circumcision: pros and cons (glad its a sunnah)”

  1. i would definately get it done when my child is a baby, because i think it would be more mentally scarring and much more of a traumatic experience for an older boy.

    • spot on!

    • If you think it would be mentally scarring and a traumatic experence for an older boy. Why woud you do it to a baby. His mind possibly
      forghets it. But the body has alsow memory, we now to day. The forskin
      is not only a piece of skin. It is part of the mans body whit a
      specel function. To protect, be use full in the sexuel activites
      and give pleasure in the sexuel felling. Lots of nerves on the inside of the forskin etc. ect. loock for -circumcision resource center – on

  2. You are wrong about it not being traumatic for a baby. My son had it done, WITH local anesthetic, when he was only a couple of months old. It was EXCRUCIATINGLY painful for him, and it was the most HORRIBLE experience of my life to see him in so much pain–bar none. I am his father and I will never forgive myself for letting that so-called “muslim” doctor do that to him. By the way, I am a muslim. Circumcision is not a RITUAL requirement of Islam, unlike in Judaism. It is supposed to be about hygiene, but ultimately we have learned a lot about medicine and physiology since the 7th century…and about compassion toward children. DO NOT DO THIS TO YOUR SONS IN THE NAME OF RELIGION…as God is my witness there is NOTHING that I regret more than my son’s circumcision. I can STILL see the look on his face when the “doctor” started cutting into him. And again, she did use anesthetic! Do not mutilate your own child.

  3. You are very right it is a mutilatesion of the boy, man.
    Many many peopel kan accept that fact.

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