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Circumcision, It's More Than Just A Snip - HER Health Minute - Dr. Connie

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Former White House Doctor Connie Mariano returns to reveal the added benefits later in life to having your newborn son circumcised after birth.

Should you circumcise your sone?

The are many medical reasons for saying yes.

I'm former White House Doctor Connie Mariano with EmpowHER.

While circumcision remains a personal decision for many parents, there is now some overwhelming medical evidence that shows the procedure can significantly reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

According to the CDC, clinical studies show circumcision reduces a man's risk of HIV during penile-vaginal intercourse.

But that's not all.

Uncircumcised men show an increased risk of genital ulcer disease, chlamydia, urinary tract infections, penile cancer, and cervical cancer for women who are partnered with uncircumcised men.

Studies also show an increased risk of HPV, the human papilomavirus, syphilis, and chancroid.

Now there are additional costs and risks associated with circumcision. And the procedure in no way should be considered a substitute for condoms and other safe sex practices.

But in my opinion and the CDC's, a little snip is well worth the risk.

I'm Dr. Connie Mariano for EmpowHER; To ask any question or for more information visit EmpowHER.com.

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EmpowHER Guest

Why don't we have all our teeth removed to save us on dental problems? It never ceases to amaze me just how stupid Americans (and certain religious groups) are about this issue specifically. Circumcision was introduced to stop people masturbating. It has nothing to do with health at all. It makes sex worse and that's all to be said about it. I'm from the UK where hardly anyone has this brutal abuse done to them. I'm fine and everyone I know is fine. This is a money making child abuse racket that idiots like this woman are selling to parents. I would advise all circumcised men to SUE their circumciser for actual bodily harm. Your penis does not feel as good as a whole one, trust me. Horrific stuff.

November 16, 2016 - 9:31pm
EmpowHER Guest

My circumcision resulted in my being a lifelong premature ejaculator by exposing a hypersenstive part of the inner foreskin. I have struggled with the problem all my adult life and have still not overcome it at age 67. I have learned to live with it because I have no choice in the matter. But I know for a fact that my life would have been different had I not been circumcised. Parents, do not allow this to be done to your children. If they want it done later in life, let it be thier choice, but give them the choice and let them learn about the risks.

September 25, 2013 - 12:19pm
EmpowHER Guest

Here's a novel approach for reducing your risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases...and which doesn't require painful, surgery to your child:

Teach your son to keep it in his pants until marriage.

Why aren't doctors suggesting this potentially life-saving technique?

February 20, 2013 - 6:39pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

With all due respect, it looks to me like that train has already left the station. A doctor can suggest abstinence all s/he wants to, and very few patients will listen and heed his advice. I believe in today's culture, the doctor's time would be better spent counseling methods of contraception for both males and females. I happen to agree that the guy should keep it in his pants, but I don't think that's a realistic expectation in this day and time.
Charlie Brown

February 21, 2013 - 5:40pm
EmpowHER Guest

Seems there is a problem with Female Circumcision, No doctor in the United States will perform circumcision on a woman. Why Not?
Cleaner or Cleanliness of a mans penis always get thrown into the mix, Ok name 1 product on the drugstore shelf that is specifically designed to clean a mans foreskin/penis, while there are many that are available to clean a vagina.
What is the difference between a male foreskin and the clitoral hood. No difference, none whatsoever.
Male circumcision is a easy money making idea that has reaped billions over the past 50 years or so in the US. It's also about male sexual control.

February 18, 2013 - 1:28pm

Cut off your legs, and you'll never have a broken toe? Right? Your headline is dead on, but your article is misguided.

Read http://norm.org/lost.html to see a full list of the damages caused by circumcision.

This article is misguided. You don't cut off healthy body parts on the off chance that it may prevent some disease that is extremely unlikely to begin with. Especially from a baby who has no say. It is not just a piece of skin. It is 50%+ of the moving skin system of the penis (think of a 3x5 index card's worth in an average adult). This includes most the inner skin, with its densely packed nerve endings responsible the brunt of erotic pleasure DURING the act of making love. Remaining, of course, is the part responsible for CLIMAX (the ridge of the glans), though being unprotected, even this becomes keratinized and desensitized over time.

Circumcision removes that which allows the penis to grow and shrink, and to glide, and to feel natural sexual pleasure. Beyond skin, it removes key glands, nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels. It removes the frenar band, the messnier corpuscles, among the most erotically sensitive parts of the penis. And it removes the penis's natural immune system.

A circumcised penis has to stretch the skin every time it gets hard, which over time, will result in loss of elasticity, sometimes causing "stretch marks" near the circumcision scar or causing shaft skin to become loose and floppy. Premature aging and darkening of the penis over time occurs in the vast majority. There are other problems, such as mine--I have hair all the way up to the scar, and some "future hair follicles" were trapped in the scar after the procedure. By the time I hit 20, surprise! Itchy, pustule-forming, ingrown hairs that had to be excised surgically, right from inside the circumcision scar, leaving more unsightly scarring. So at birth, the doc must have pulled a little too hard before clamping it off. It's just all skin, right? Wrong.

NORM is the National Organization for Restoring Men. If you are considering circumcising your child, read their site first. They have been my support group, and have helped me to find the resources that were needed to undo some, but not very much, of the damage done to me when I was a day old.

February 1, 2013 - 3:34am

Say NO to Legalizing Girl/Boy Circumcision. Say NO to 17 Year-Old Vagina/Penis Carrying 70 Year-Old Clitoris/Glans.

January 29, 2013 - 7:56am
EmpowHER Guest

Circumcision is barbaric. God/evolution made penises with foreskins, so let us not question the foreskin. I doubt my baby boy will snap his fingers one day and say, "Wish my mom removed my foreskin when I was a baby."

January 25, 2013 - 10:43am
EmpowHER Guest

Most of the world is uncircumcised or natural and displays no higher instance of any disease or infection. The few studies used to support male circumcision are poorly conducted studies from unrepresentative samples (e.g. African villages with running water that mutilate / circumcise compared to villages without running water that happen to not circumcise). The infection rate and complication rate for circumcision is much higher than to leave the penis natural. Why is there no rights for male babies to their own bodies? The answer is the 4+ billion dollar per year industry that sells prepuces to laboratories. There is no medical reason for circumcision, yet more concern should be over the moral fact this is done to male babies who are highly sensitive to pain. This is done because infants cannot give consent. Would anyone involuntarily strap an 18 year old man down and remove half of his penile tissue (yes including the inside and outside of the skin which both contain nerve endings) circumcision is more than a little snip.
As a male who is circumcised I find it horrible that I had not rights to my body. Most countries that circumcise males also circumcise females. How would women in the United States enjoy having the most sensitive parts of their genitalia torn and cut off without consent? Where are the human rights advocates, where are feminists for equal rights? Where are ethical doctors who took an oath not to perform unnecessary surgeries?

January 9, 2013 - 8:46pm
(reply to Anonymous)

I agree with you. My husband wishes he would have been left alone. Since neither of us are Jewish we'd never get it done and if we were, it would be done in accordance to Jewish law. It's sadly become a widely accepted practice within the western world so mush so that parents just blindly hand their infant sons over to them, say here ya go. People need to research,circumcision alone is a multi billion dollar money maker to the to drs, hospitals. Unless the family is Jewish i say leave them alone, let that be a matter for them as they get older, let them tell their girlfriends/wives. sit down together, discuss why he has chosen to have it done or not if the topic came up. The med evidence is truly flawed, they are going off off villages in Africa that dont even have running water much less proper hygiene of any form. A boy can do just fine provided they are taught by their fathers, drs or w/e the case may be as to how to clean properly. 1 of my friends boys is uncut,never had a problem and this kid was diagnosed at 2-3 yrs old with actual, legit ADHD! LOL. He's grown now is a father, husband and supports his family well. So No, his penis didnt shrivel up, fall off all b/c he didnt have skin removed lol. Did you ask your parents WHY they chose to have it done? i bet the answer would be " well it was the norm" or something to that affect. You gotta remember too in today's society, a man aint worth shyt, his word MEANS ZERO, his body is no matter, his mind is no matter. Unless its words out of the female's mouth, that's the only thing that's listened too. Society cannot find a level field, its either to the extreme right or to the extreme left, they cant find a middle balance so men will continue to be screwed in numerous ways. I've heard how they are done but never saw it (and dont want too, breaks my heart, these infant boys, having a band put around it, cut on with no knock out nor numbing meds no consent..You tell a female she can t have birth control, an abortion and see what happens, but tell a male that his penis or that of his son's will be cut on that's perfectly fine.. Now i think in the case of mom wants it done and dad doesnt, dad needs to be strong, dont cave in. even to the point of restraining orders, divorcing, him seeking safety custody of the male child through out the whole thing. women have been messing over men for decades now with no end in site and time for men to push back. And btw my friend...I'm a woman :)

January 13, 2013 - 11:03pm
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