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To Circumcise or Not to Circumcise???
By nicolebub » Posted Oct. 16, 2014 6:53pm - 919 views - 15 comments

Okay ladies (and gents please feel free to help me!)...

We know we are having a little baby boy as I had the Harmony NIPT done and I'm pretty sure that can't be wrong.
My husband and I were all for the circumcision. My husband is circumcised so it just made complete sense. So I asked my obgyn and she has advised me of a guy that does it in our area but she doesn't give us any options or advice on the subject. As she said, it is personal or religious choice.

So I have been googling the procedure. The Plastibell method seems the newest and least traumatic. well, I watched the operation on a YouTube video and was traumatised myself! I know all operations are invasive, there is really no such thing as a none invasive operation. I'm just worried that doing it may be the wrong thing!

We live in Australia, and then I read further information and the general consensus in Australia is obviously to not circumcise as apparently only 20% of the boys these days are given the snip. So will our boy be the odd one out at school? Am I setting him up to be singled out by his peers?

AHHHHHH.... It's one of those things I just want to get all sides to the story and as much knowledge on before I make an informed choice.
So, can all you mummy's help me out and let me know what you have decided? Or what you have done in the past? Have their been complications of having it or not having it done?
Comment away please!

Hope you are all well xxxxxx

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Comment from Papas~Mama » Posted Oct. 22, 2014 5:57pm
My son is circumcised and if this one's a boy, he will be too. It's biblical as well as functional. I personally don't understand the current "uprising" of people who are so against it. I guess long story short, it's a personal decision, but I myself would never have thought not to.

Comment from nicolebub » Posted Oct. 19, 2014 10:51pm
I have spoken to the hubby again and we are going to definitely look into it some more. We both agree that it is best to have it done.
I really just should not have watched any youtube videos of the procedure as that really does turn you off.
Thank you so much for your comments. Its been a great help for me in trying to make my choice.
I will keep you all posted!

Comment from josamarie » Posted Oct. 19, 2014 12:39am
We battled with this decision up until the day our son was born. I did not want to circumcise him, my husband (who is not circumcised himself) did. We argued about it for months, really heated and uncharacteristic bickering for a couple who have literally only ever had 2 fights. Ultimately I gave in, since he's the one with a penis and therefore more of an authority on the matter than me, and I don't regret the decision at all (not that I would have regretted it if we'd forgone it either). Max didn't even cry (we used the mogen clamp method with a numbing cream and sugar water), honestly, his heel prick was more traumatizing for all of us than his circ. He'll be ok, no matter what you choose!

Comment from stickybean1976 » Posted Oct. 17, 2014 8:02pm
No I said it wasn't where her and I are from at our hospital at birth not later on. I know it can be done after.

Comment from stillfuntryin » Posted Oct. 17, 2014 3:35pm
I'm an Aussie and its definitely an option so I don't know why stickbean doesn't think it is, we discussed it in my birth class at the hospital last week, I won't be getting my son circumcised, if you research the reasons circumcision came about it was purely religion, you will never get anyone to agree on the matter, the foreskin is actually attached to the tip of the penis until he is about 2-3 and it only comes away from self discovery of you know what I mean, I have left it up to hubby. Good lick with your choice :)

Comment from Mmkohl » Posted Oct. 17, 2014 7:21am
I left it up to my husband as I don't have that body part my self so I didn't feel like I had the knowledge to do so. My hubby is and says he is glad he is so our son is and the one in carrying will be as well. My son was back within 20 minutes and want even upset or crying. He never showed signs of discomfort and has had no complications. Its all up to you. The only advice i have is if you're gonna have it done the younger the better. The won't remember or have to be put under.

Comment from stickybean1976 » Posted Oct. 17, 2014 1:24am
I love it A from CG to K from GC LOL oh yes that was what I ment they won't do it when they're born at hospital. Yes I would chose yes too. x

Comment from nicolebub » Posted Oct. 17, 2014 12:05am
Thank you so much ladies. I am really leaning towards getting it done.
I seem to have swayed back and forth so many times in just the two weeks that we have known the gender.
Since hubby is circumcised I really think its best to have our boy done. I spoke to mum today and she kind of looked at me like I was an alien even contemplating not having it done. I know it's our decision.
We have plenty of time to decide but I am back on the yay vote at the moment. Hehe. Ladies, let me know how your boys ops go and if there is any discomfort after etc.
Oh A from GC... you can have it done here. I asked my obgyn and she has recommended a specialist. They just don't do it at the hospital. It is a day procedure that you go to a specialists office for. xoxox

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