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I'm kinda scared to do it, has anyone done it? Does it hurt or are you sleeping trough the whole process? Does it cost a shitload? thx

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It hurts alittle and it costs anywhere from 60 dollars to 200 dollars
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Yes I did it when I was in mid 20ies and I have never regretted it. It looks great, feels great, and other than learning a new technique for wanking as you need to use lube -its been a plus right through. It is uncomfortable for a day or two but then a lifetime of enjoying the decison. Natural is better for many things, but having a foreskin is not one of them. Chat to a urologist about the procedure and after having it done look for forward to the fun and enjoyment ahead.
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(NOTES IN ADVANCE: while most of the info here are based on infant circumcision, most of the info here also applies to most men too)

not to bother or offend the quest here but i found that this picture helps explains what can be lost from a regular circumcision even with a good doctor.


circumcision doen't only take away foreskin!

While I'm against circumcision in general, I still support you if your decision are based on your own personal decisions rather than peer pressure (I had the pressure) or the myths surrounding it. please really research it first (rather than just asking random people for their opinions which for me is a really weak reason for going through a potentionally life-changing operation) to see the pro and con of circumcision before deciding

I KNOW that there are wayyy too many people who got circumcision just cause everybody does it or cause of the many myths surrounding the foreskin.

here is a list of myths and explanations about them.
look at myth number 6 and 8 which seems to be most people reasoning for likeing circumcisions.


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PLEASE read the information on here before you circumcise your little boy!

The following cultural beliefs, or myths, are often used as reasons for circumcision. After each myth, some relevant facts are provided to present a more accurate picture of this procedure. Parents should understand the full implications of circumcision before making this irreversible decision for their child.

Myth #1: Circumcision is recommended by doctors and medical organizations

Fact: Circumcision is not recommended by any national medical association in the world. Fifteen national and international medical associations have extensively studied infant circumcision and its effects and found no significant evidence to support this practice. In March 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concluded that infant circumcision is not recommended as a routine procedure.1 The circumcision policy statements of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians have concurred with this position.2-3 The AMA calls infant circumcision non-therapeutic.

Myth #2: Its just a little piece of skin, he wont miss it.

Fact: The prepuce (foreskin) makes up as much as half of the skin system of the penis.4 It is an extension of the shaft skin that folds over onto itself, completely covering and protecting the glans (an internal organ) and provides the mobility of the shaft skin necessary for frictionless intercourse and masturbation. The foreskin has three known functions: protective, immunological, and sexual. It contains about 10,000 highly specialized nerve endings and several feet of blood vessels. An adult male foreskin, if unfolded and spread out, would be about the size of index card (3 x 5 inches), much more than a little piece of skin. Many sexually active men circumcised in adulthood report a significant decrease in sexual pleasure and comfort because of the loss of sensitive nerve endings, skin mobility and natural lubrication.

Myth #3: The care of a circumcised penis is easier than an intact penis.

Fact: For the care of an intact penis, the AAP recommends, Leave it alone. 5 No special care is required an intact child should have the external surface of his penis (and the rest of his body) washed regularly to keep clean. When a male is older and can retract his foreskin (which typically occurs by puberty), a simple rinsing is all that is necessary. 6 Other cultural myths about special cleaning procedures are just that myth.

Myth #4: Circumcision protects males from urinary tract infections.

Fact: Overall, urinary tract infections (UTI) occur at about the same rate in male and female infants during the first six months of life.7 Regardless of circumcision status, infants who present with their first UTI at 6 months (or less) are likely to have an underlying genitouninary abnormality. In children with a normal underlying anatomy, a study found as many circumcised infants with a UTI as those who retained their foreskin.8 The appropriate treatment for UTI, in males as well as females, is antibiotics, not prophylactic excision of the prepuce. According to the AAP, Urinary tract infections are usually not life threatening and are easily treated in most cases. Breastfeeding provides some measure of protection against UTI during the first six months of life.9

Myth #5: Circumcision is effective in the prevention of penile cancer.

Fact: "The American Cancer Society does not consider routine circumcision to be a valid or effective measure to prevent such cancers... Penile cancer is an extremely rare condition, affecting one in 200,000 men... Perpetrating the mistaken belief that circumcision prevents cancer is inappropriate.'' 10

The American Medical Association, in a July 2000 report, states, because this disease [penile cancer] is rare and occurs later in life, the use of circumcision as a preventive practice is not justified. 2

Myth #6: Almost everyone is circumcisedI dont want my son to be teased in the locker room.

Fact: The circumcision rate for males worldwide is about 15%. Even in the US, the only country that circumcises a majority of its male newborns for non-religious reasons, the circumcision rate is decreasing. According the National Center for Health Statistics, the US circumcision rate is approximately 60% (varies widely by region) and slowly decreasing. According to many intact males, the teasing concern is vastly overstated. For many boys, genital status is neither an important issue nor one that is discussed. In the unlikely event of concerns later in life, at least the person can make his own decision about an irreversible body alteration that has no medical justification.

Myth #7: Circumcision is a simple and painless procedure it only takes a few minutes.

Fact: While circumcision is a relatively quick procedure, it is extremely painful for the infant. The initial part of the process involves a forced separation of the foreskin, which is fused to the glans (head) in much the same way as a fingernail is joined to the finger. The AAP says the following about EMLA cream, one of the most common pain relief methods, The analgesic effect is limited during the phases associated with extensive tissue trauma 1 Although they cannot remember the pain as adults, circumcised male infants have increased pain response in vaccinations 4 to 6 months later.11 Circumcision appears to lower the pain threshold.

Myth #8: Circumcision makes the penis cleaner and more hygienic.

Fact: Circumcision removes the protective portion of mobile shaft skin, which is intended to cover the glans (head) of the penis. The glans is the internal portion of genitalia (for both genders). Circumcision artificially exposes and denudes this highly sensitive tissue, resulting in a buildup of keratin and a dry, densensitized part of the penis. And contrary to popular myth, more sensation does not lead tp control problems. Based on reports from men circumcised as adults, just the opposite is true. With more sensation, a man has better feedback and can better determine his proximity to the orgasmic threshold.

Myth #9: Circumcision prevents AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Fact: Some studies show that circumcision has a slight preventive effect for AIDS and some STDs; however, other studies show an insignificant or opposite effect, especially for chlamydia. The bottom line: sexual practices have a much greater effect on the chance of becoming infected than circumcision status. If someone acts on the misconception that circumcision alone will protect them, they are taking unwise chances.

Myth #10: The history of non-religious circumcision is based on disease prevention.

Fact: Non-ritual circumcision evolved from a misunderstanding of bodily function by physicians of the late-19th century.12 Many doctors of that era believed that a normal foreskin could cause disease and lead to increased incidence of self-abuse. John Harvey Kellogg, of cereal fame, was a proponent of genital cutting as a cure for this horrible practice. He recommended performing circumcision without administering an anesthetic, as the pain attending the operation will have a salutary [health-giving] effect upon the mind, especially if connected with the idea of punishment.

This fact sheet is a presentation of the Pennsylvania chapter of NOCIRC (National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers).

References:

1. American Academy of Pediatrics, Circumcision Policy Statement - March 1, 1999

2. American Medical Association, Report 10 of the Council on Scientific Affairs (I-99), July 6, 2000

3. American Academy of Family Physicians, Position Paper on Neonatal Circumcision, February 14, 2002

4. Cold CJ, Taylor J. The prepuce. BJU Int 1999; 83:34-44

5. American Academy of Pediatrics pamphlet. Newborns: Care of the Uncircumcised Penis Guidelines for Parents. 1990

6. CIRP: Normal development of the prepuce: Birth through age 18. www.cirp.org/library/normal/

7. Marild S, Jodal U. Incidence rate of symptomatic urinary tract infection in children under 6 years of age. Acta Paediatrica 1998;87:549-52

8. Mueller E, Steinhardt G, Naseer S. The Incidence of Genitourinary Abnormalities in Circumcised and Uncircumcised Boys Presenting with an Initial Urinary Tract Infection by 6 Months of Age. Pediatrics 1997;100(supplement):580

9. Pisacane A, Graziano L, Mazzarella G, Scarpellino B, Zona G. Breast-feeding and urinary tract infection. Pediatrics 1992;120:87-89

10. Letter from the American Cancer Society (National Home Office) to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 16 Feb 1996

11. Taddio A, Katz J, Ilersich A, Koren G. Effect of Neonatal Circumcision on Pain Response During Subsequent Routine Vaccination. Lancet 1997;349:599-603.

12. Gollaher D. Circumcision: A History of the Worlds Most Controversial Surgery, New York, Basic Books, 2000

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I agree with the Gust answer. But whoever said $60 - 200 must be talking about infants. Nobody older than that is going to get off that light. Some insurance will often cover it, if the patient and doctor define it in terms of a medical need.
It's not uncommon to be scared about this, but talking to those that have been through it and are happy with the experience and outcome, which amounts to the majority, should put fears to rest. Go for it.
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I had my circumcision in England 4 years ago and it cost £550, money well spent! The only regret i have is that I was not circumcised at birth or as a teenager. Really pleased with the new look and feel of my cir' penis. Only advice i'd give is don't delay get it done as soon as possib,e.
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i guess u should watch the video on google called circumcision decision...
it'll be really useful
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Was circumcised after marriage. Slept through the whole process and recovery was uncomfortable rather than painful. Wife and I are more than happy with the results, far healthier for both of us and would recommend it to all. Not too expensive and money well spent. Wish I had been circumcised as a child.
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Being circumsised makes your penis no more healthier than it was before unless your lazy and neglect personal hygiene by not pulling your foreskin back to wash.
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