What are the pros and cons of circumcision?
Many new parents feel torn when it comes to whether or not to circumcise their newborn baby. There are many myths and completely false information, which does not help scared parents to make a decision that is right for them or their baby. The best thing you can do is look at the pros and cons of circumcision to decide for yourself the best route for your family.
Go without circumcision
This is a decision that is difficult for some parents who get circumcised because they want their sons to know that they look like their father in that region. Deciding against circumcision of a baby means, however, that as the boy grows and becomes a man, he can make the decision for himself about whether or not he wants to be circumcised. In addition, it avoids the possibility of infections by the circumcision itself.
However, something to remember is that a baby can grow up to want to be circumcised and this is an event that will be painful and that he will remember. Many studies have also said that an uncircumcised penis has a slightly higher chance of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
Go for circumcision
One of the best things about getting circumcised as a baby is that the boy will never remember it. Some will say that it is extremely painful for the baby, but no one knows for sure as you cannot ask the baby. Sure, some babies scream and cry through that, but they were also born and are screaming and crying about a lot of things. Some babies have even been known to sleep through the procedure, which obviously means it wasn’t that painful.
If your baby is circumcised, you are taking away the right of the boy to make this decision about his penis, as he cannot get his foreskin back. Since parents have many decisions to make on behalf of the child, it is most likely not something that the child will resent growing up. Having a circumcised son also makes it easier for parents to make sure everything is kept clean. There are many infections that occur in boys and adults who are not circumcised.
As you can see, there are good points and bad points for each side of the coin. Some people know without a doubt whether or not they will circumcise their son. Some people are in a religion that requires it, while others simply believe against it. It is the parents who are undecided about it who have the most difficulty in making a decision. The best thing to do is review all the facts you can find and make a decision from there. Either way, your adult son is not likely to ever want to sit you down and talk with you about the decisions he made regarding his penis at birth.