Have you just recently given birth to a precious baby boy, are you expecting to birth a son soon, or are you just curious about the reality of circumcisions and are attempting to learn more about them? You have probably come across several people, articles, or other sources of information that have perpetuated “facts” about circumcision that aren’t actually facts. Below you will find 4 myths about circumcision that many people, despite the wealth of credible sources available on the topic, still believe to be true.
1. The procedure is extremely painful. Most people associate pain with any time of medical procedure. However the discomfort level during a circumcision is very minimal. This is especially the case when the doctor or mohel is gentle and mild. Rabbi Rovinsky’s holistic method of circumcision is extremely quick and virtually painless. In fact, most parents report that their child seemingly experienced very little discomfort during the 30 second procedure. On the other hand, the standard hospital circumcision is often painful largely because of the fact the babies are strapped down to the hospital bed and given an injection prior to the actual procedure. In addition, hospital circumcision tend to take much longer which can often result in even more discomfort.
2. The healing process is long. With a holistic method circumcision, the redness seen around the affected area generally goes away after just a few days and new tissue quickly starts to form. With proper care your new born son will be healed in a very reasonable amount of time.
3. The risk associated with the procedure are vast. The risk linked to circumcision are not a result of the practice of circumcision, but rather the actual procedure, and the medical professional who performed the procedure. Because of this, it is important to do plenty of research on an individual before allowing them to perform the procedure on your newborn. While hospital doctors are a common choice, mohels and other medical professions whose services are limited to circumcisions, are more ideal. This is because these individuals have become experts at performing this type of procedure since it is often the only medical service that they provide. Moreover after the release of their federal guidelines on circumcision, the CDC announced that the “benefits [of circumcision] outweigh the risks”.
4. Choosing to forgo the procedure won’t result in any health risk. For decades, research has suggested that boys and men who are not circumcised have a greater risk of developing certain illness and medical conditions. These include prostate cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, and urinary tract infections just to name a few.
The debate over circumcision is ongoing. The internet is filled with both factual and false information. When it comes to beliefs that have been part of society, it can be hard to discount something believed to be true for such a long period of time. When absorbing information about the subject of circumcision, it is important to use your analytical skills.
Highly educated scholars and lifelong activist have trouble agreeing on some points, one of which is circumcision, making it harder for there to be one right answer. Therefore it is essential that you do an adequate amount of research and make a decision based on what you believe to be best for your newborn son.