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Autumn posted this 03 November 2017

Hi there, we are having a boy and he is due next month. While I am very happy about it..my husband and I have been debating whether or not to get him circumcised. My husband wants our baby to be circumcised for the concerns about hygiene. Does anyone know if it is necessary or not in general? (not from religious perspective) and how is the procedure? 

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Lucy posted this 04 November 2017

Well I heard it MIGHT have various health benefits not sure though. I would not do it for my son though just can't imagine the pain afterwards.

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Samantha posted this 23 August 2018

Hi! My sister just had a baby boy and she had him circumcised. She said it was about an hour that he was out of the room and the actual procedure was phenomenal. It completely healed within a week. She had to apply vasoline before she put his diaper on for that whole week so it wouldn’t stick to the diaper and chafe. Good luck!

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Melissa posted this 23 August 2018

Hi Autumn!

I think there is so much conflicting information out there about circumcision. I know it used to be done as a religious ceremony but I don't know how many people actually still do it as such. As far as cleanliness, again, I feel like there is conflicting information for that too. I would suggest a lot of research, speaking to your doctor, and other moms about why/or why they didn't circumcise their boys. I don't think I could do it personally but that's just me. 

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Frankie posted this 24 August 2018

Ok this is going to sound really gross but how is an uncircumcised penis any less clean than a circumcised one? I don’t have boys, only girls... I mean they both do the same things. And I assume they are washed regularly.

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Mari posted this 24 August 2018

I can't speak from experience because I only had girls. But if that was in that position, I would not do it.  I agree with Frankie on this, I don't see the difference.  To me teaching and educating the boy how to properly be clean is the important part.  The only way I would circumcised is if the doctor  says it must be done due to some abnormality or something serious that will hinder the boy.  Just my 2 cents but then again, I have not being put under those circumstances.

Abby posted this 24 August 2018

I think I am going to agree with Frankie and Mari on this as well. I dont have boys though so I have not been put in that position. But teaching them cleanliness at a young age I think would be appropriate if you choose not to circumcise. 

Janet posted this 24 August 2018

It does seem kind of scary and not 100% necessary but our procedure went really well. He was out of the room for a short amount of time, he didn't seem to be in any pain afterwards and it healed fine/ quickly. There will be a lot of extra work for you and your boy if he is not circumcised. Many people don't understand what the difference is because they have to clean anyways but it is a lot more work especially younger because kids shouldn't take showers/ baths every day but that will need to be cleaned every day, especially to avoid infections if it's not. Very sensitive area.

LOVELY posted this 24 August 2018

With my son, it did not take that long. And he was sleeping after the procedure. 

Belinda posted this 25 August 2018

It is very controversial. There are a lot of arguments for the health reasons and some say it has no meaning. I would have one if I have a boy since hubby had one. 

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Hadiza posted this 26 August 2018

I am not sure i will circumcise my baby. I can't bear inflicting such pain on a baby. I don't judge if anyone wants to do it though.

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Hilaria posted this 26 August 2018

There is no question on whether to or not for me. I will circumcise, humans are social being. I wouldn't want my kid to be different from others around him.

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Eva posted this 28 August 2018

Its challenging to decide. I am not sure the husband will support me if i chose not to.

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Amy posted this 29 August 2018

I don't know about the hygiene but we had our son circumcised. My husband went with him and to watch because he was curious. And he said he got sick but our little one did great! The doctor was good and our little one healed just fine. He didn't know what happened. Just slept! 

Casey posted this 29 August 2018

My boyfriend did this for his son... Everything went well and there were no worries later about hygiene! But, it all comes down to what you two decide. 

toni posted this 31 August 2018

I would recommend it. I did it for my little one. 2 days after he was born they did it at the hospital and everything went so well! no complications, the baby wasn't even crying when they brought him back to me and it was a process of 20 minutes I think. I also know two of my nephews that didn't get it and they always had complications. They would always get UTI's etc. so I would deff recommend it

Kristi posted this 02 September 2018

I plan on circumcising our baby boy after he is born. I've done my research and from a hygiene perspective it is cleaner and better.  I guess I"m also vain because I don't want him looking different from other guys when he is older.  I do know that you need to be stocked up on Vaseline to use every time you change his diaper after this is done to prevent it from sticking to the diaper and to promote healing. 

Katherine posted this 02 September 2018

It's an entirely personal decision between you and your husband. I plan on circumcising my sons as it's more common here, more hygienic, and easier to care for. 

Amy posted this 02 September 2018

My son was done. It was no fuss really. It was easy to care for and he's never complained (11 now). 

Amber posted this 15 October 2018

Super personal decision that's entirely up to you and your husband. In the US it's more common and often thought to be more hygienic. 

Janelle posted this 16 October 2018

I’m expecting a boy too so I am definitely following this topic. I have been reading so many opinions on circumcising. Very controversial right now! The last article I read said currently close to 50% of new baby boys are not being circumcised. I’m still undecided.

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Jeanetta posted this 16 October 2018

We're not doing a gender reveal so I don't know yet, but if I am having a son I will not circumcise him. There's nothing wrong with leaving him as he was born until he's old enough to decide. I think it's best for him in the long run

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Katherine posted this 17 October 2018

I did not circumcise my baby, my husband is not circumcised and he stated his cousin had sensitivity as an adult due to circumcision. Also my cousin has circumcision when he was little and my aunt said she was unable to calm him down for days, she says his looked changes and his behavior was bizarre. I do not recommend putting baby through such distress, my husband has a healthy sex life and we have been married for 10 years. I don't think is necessary!

Jayme posted this 22 October 2018

There’s so much conflicting information about this. There’s really no health benefits but personally I would definitely circumcise my boy. 

Kahi posted this 22 October 2018

I definitely plan to circumcise my baby boy when I have one. There’s really no health benefits to it but I believe it’ll make his life a lot easier in the long run! 

Nancy posted this 22 October 2018

I personally believe in circumsion but to each their own! If you decide against it you’ll definitely want to teach your boys how to properly clean themselves! 

Julia posted this 22 October 2018

Uncircumcised penis' just have to be cleaned more frequently because the foreskin hides over the tip and things can get stuck in there. Not really a good explanation but uncircumcised penis' do take a little more work on the hygiene side.  My husband isn't circumcised but my son is.  The procedure itself was quick and he hardly cried.  Post procedure just have to keep it clean and apply Vaseline.

maxine posted this 22 October 2018

I would say there are pros and cons to both. I had my boys done for cleanliness but it can go either way.

Ellie posted this 22 October 2018

Wow I have not thought about this myself. There’s so many conflicting opinion and views out there. It was great to see what you guys think. I think not being circumcised is becoming more normal in the West. I will do more research 

Rebecca posted this 23 October 2018

I chose to do it because sometimes men who aren't circumcised can have things happen that make it necessary as adults and from what I've researched it's MUCH harder on them when they are older. Seeing how long the recovery is when they are older and need it made avoiding issues a good reason for me to have it done. 

LaKeisha posted this 23 October 2018

Yeah, I don't really agree with the reasoning behind deciding to still do such things to boys. It's not really that much more effort to teach them to clean a little more thoroughly - and that way they're not going through unnecessary surgery for what ends up being aesthetic reasons more than anything.

Glenda posted this 23 October 2018

I just... I don't see why it's still normalized here. It's just more trauma for your baby boy, trauma that can be avoided 

Britt posted this 24 October 2018

This was a topic for my family. Three of us all had boys about a year and a half apart. We all did a lot of research, talking with a lot of other people, and going back an forth. We all ended up not having our boys circumcised. My issue was more of it being the norm because when we were goring up circumcised was the norm. We all came to the conclusion that it's moving away from that and more parents are opting out of the procedure. Honestly, go with what ever you feel is right though. But definitely do your research. 

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Megan posted this 26 October 2018

We did and it was a very easy procedure. 

gena posted this 02 November 2018

This is entirely a personal decision. Don't let convos here sway you. DO your (medical) research and you choose between you and your husband. 

Emily posted this 02 November 2018

You don’t have to, but most people do and i definitely did. Personal choice; no judgement! 

Joy posted this 02 November 2018

It's a personal choice, but we opted for it. I'm not religious at all so it's not for those purposes. It's just more common in the US and I grew up with a kid they called "hoodie" because of his 😢 

Daniela posted this 04 November 2018

Wow, Britt. This is exactly how I feel. It was done in our generation all across the board. But, with reviewing all of the information and opinions, if my baby is a boy I am going to let him stay in his natural state. We bathe every day. My child will learn to cleanse himself. I think it will be ok. Especially, since I read numerous studies that the baby feels every part of this early surgery. Why are we doing this, again?

This was a topic for my family. Three of us all had boys about a year and a half apart. We all did a lot of research, talking with a lot of other people, and going back an forth. We all ended up not having our boys circumcised. My issue was more of it being the norm because when we were goring up circumcised was the norm. We all came to the conclusion that it's moving away from that and more parents are opting out of the procedure. Honestly, go with what ever you feel is right though. But definitely do your research. 

Toun posted this 4 weeks ago

I am for circumcision. I don't want my child to feel different from his peers.

Boonsri posted this 4 weeks ago

Yes. I will be circumcising my boy. Many have done it, and I don't want to be different.

Emerald posted this 4 weeks ago

I will not be circumcising. It has very little health benefit and its mutilation. I know a lot of people feel peer pressure and such, but I won't. Will have to discuss with hubby who is though.

Micah posted this 4 weeks ago

I think it's an acceptable procedure to have done as it's seems to a more common practice among my community. There's no trauma or heavy care associated with the skin removal.


This is a personal decision but I'm glad that I did get my son circumcised. 

Samantha posted this 4 weeks ago

HI! I did have my son circumcised in the hospital. It seemed to go quite smoothly as was the care for it afterwards. I left that choice to my husband, he wanted his son to took like him. I did my own research on the topic, and it actually seems like a very popular thing today to not get it done. The woman I've spoken took just say they make sure told fold the extra skin back and clean it as well as helping their child understand hygiene as they grow.  It's your choice not matter what your reasons are, it's definitely a hot topic these days.

sarah posted this 4 weeks ago

My first child my little boy what's circumsized. I would suggest this to all new mom to help prevent infections. I had a friend whose little boy was not circumcised and had several issues so I was always prepared to do it because of that.

Cherry posted this 4 weeks ago

100% unnecessary for hygiene. I don't even know why people believe that. In fact, circumcised men are more prone to infection than uncircumcised. It's genital mutilation that's completely useless. 

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Meg posted this 3 weeks ago

My 4 boys are all circumcised. They all reacted differently and healed differently. My first cried a lot for the first day and I felt so bad for him. A couple of the others acted like nothing happened. It's a personal decision, so just do your research, talk to the doctor and go from there.

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