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Old December 7th, 2017, 07:15 PM   #60
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Default Re: Poll: Girls - Infant Circumcision

Originally Posted by NewLeafsFan View Post
This is the article that I had in mind.

I'll paraphrase the opening paragraph, "The benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks but not by enough to recommend universal infant male circumcision." In other words, it is more beneficial to have the procedure done but it can't be recommended or it would likely lead to health insurance companies requiring to pay for the surgery.
They never quoted any actual studies. That's just an argument from authority.

Here's the AAP again, and look at the only benefits they reference: http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...ent/103/3/686\

"In 1989, because of new research on circumcision status and urinary tract infection (UTI) and sexually transmitted disease (STD)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, the Academy concluded that newborn male circumcision has potential medical benefits and advantages as well as disadvantages and risks."

1.) Urinary Tract Infection rates are low, and can be easily stopped with antibiotics.

2.) The difference between STD/HIV rates are slim and only particularly prevalent in third-world countries. Condoms are the only way to guarantee yourself against STD's, and they're much less harmful.

So the only benefits they claim are unnecessary.


Here is a published study showcasing the statistics of complications from circumcision:

The median frequency of any complication was 1.5% (range 0-16%).
Child circumcision by medical providers tended to be associated with more complications (median frequency 6%; range 2-14%).

[1.5% of circumcisions have complications.]

Here is a published study showcasing reduced penile sensitivity in circumcised men:

"For the glans penis, circumcised men reported decreased sexual pleasure and lower orgasm intensity. They also stated more effort was required to achieve orgasm, and a higher percentage of them experienced unusual sensations (burning, prickling, itching, or tingling and numbness of the glans penis). For the penile shaft a higher percentage of circumcised men described discomfort and pain, numbness and unusual sensations."

Now show me a published study showcasing the benefits of circumcision. and then we can compare them.

But if circumcision doesn't have a significant health/medical benefit, then we shouldn't let parents do this to their kids.

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