Thursday, August 30, 2012
The American Academy of Pediatrics has just announced that they have results showing that the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks of the procedure. This is great because not all insurance companies cover the procedure, but backing like this will help parents, who make the choice to do it, get help from their insurance company.
Now personally, we chose to circumcise our son because of health benefits. My grandfather was not circumcised and as an older man in a nursing home, they couldn't keep the area clean enough and he was having constant bladder and kidney infections because of it. He had to get a circumcision as an elderly man. That is something that I wanted to protect my son from. We also wanted to protect his potential sexual partners. There is a higher occurrence of vaginal infections and STDs in women who's sexual partners are uncircumcised. We also didn't want him to have to worry about hygiene and cleaning the area either. I've heard that it's not such a big deal to take the extra 10 seconds in the shower to do that, but it is an important step to not miss too....just one more thing to remember.
I found a wonderful link to the exact technical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is full of really great information. The one thing that really stood out to me was that they are pointing out that insurance companies should be covering the cost of this procedure, if parents choose to have it done. What also stood out was their commitment to address the problem that the procedure can cause pain and could cause harm if not performed correctly. They stress that it should only be done by trained professionals using sterile techniques and effective pain management. The fact that they are committed to ensuring proper support and teaching of not only how to do the procedure, but how to manage the pain is wonderful. I urge you all to read this report as a good source of credible information. Even if you are not in support of circumcising, it is good information to see that the governing bodies in our medical profession are trying to make it more safe.
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