A few weeks ago when this came up I was positive I wanted my son to be circumcised. It was an automatic answer. Now, however, I am beginning to question that authoritative response and wondering if this is another misconception I have about the birth process. 9 months ago I KNEW that women gave birth in a bed laying on their backs “like they do in the movies.” Nope. Wrong. They can…but kneeling, squatting, and on all fours is better. So…to snip or not to snip?
The word on the street is that circumcision is on its way out as a trend and will be all but over in the next 10-15 years. Being uncircumcised is more common on the coasts right now and new babies being circumcised is becoming the rare occurence. Circumcision has been a near-automated thing in hospitals at births for years but truthfully…it is cosmetic only. There is no religious element for me to need to have Zig circumcise. I remember the locker room as kids when one kid had an uncircumcised penis and every kid made fun of him! Don’t want that. However, if the trend is flipping maybe Zig would be ostracised for being circumcised?!!! 1 in 99 circumcisions result in excessive bleeding, scarring, and difficulties. Youch! However, I have a friend how was uncircumcised and ran into complications in his 30’s and had to get a circumcision then! Major youch!!!
There are tons of points to be made either way. As everyone keeps telling me, this is just one of the many decision I will make as a parent that I will wonder about and possibly question forever. Should I have done this…? Or that…? Who’s to say? But today I’d love for you to say what you think. Please vote below and if you have a specific fact or story you would like to share please leave a comment as well. Voting is private so I (and no one else) will ever know your identity. Just curious to see what people’s thoughts are as I work out my own solution along the way. Thanks everyone!
UPDATE: Commenting and voting have been closed on this post. The voting results for the poll closed with just shy of 70% voting no. Thank you to all who participated in the discussion.
The conversation has restarted here if you would like to join in.