Should I Circumcise? The Pros and Cons of Infant Circumcision



New to the subject of infant circumcision and the benefits of the prepuce (foreskin)? The following are resources many families have found useful when looking at the subject for the first time. They are meant to be a starting point into deeper investigation and further research available today.

Functions of the Foreskin: Drmomma.org/2009/09/functions-of-foreskin-purposes-of.html

Intact vs. Circumcised: A Significant Difference in the Adult Penis: Drmomma.org/2011/08/intact-or-circumcised-significant.html 

Why did circumcision start as we now know it in the U.S.? Hear from some original doctors on the matter: Savingsons.org/2012/07/circumcision-to-reduce-mens-sexual.html

Faith Considerations on Circumcision (if this matters to an individual - resources by/for Jews, Christians, and Muslims): Drmomma.org/2011/01/faith-considerations-on-circumcision.html

Peer reviewed research (studies published in medical journals): Drmomma.org/2007/01/circumcision-studies.html

Are there medical benefits to circumcision? Read national medical statements from around the world: Drmomma.org/2014/08/medical-organization-position.html

Physicians' thoughts within the medical field today: FB.com/IntactCare

Well researched books written on the subject: http://astore.amazon.com/savingsons.org-20

Dr. Ryan McAllister's Georgetown video lecture, Elephant in the Hospital (also included on DVD in the info pack below): http://vimeo.com/26130057

Dr. Christopher Guest's video, Circumcision: The Whole Story: http://youtu.be/SeAXantm4tE

Intact Care: Drmomma.org/2009/06/how-to-care-for-intact-penis-protect.html
Circumcision Care: Nocirc.org/publish/pamphlet5.html

The two most common forms of circumcision in North American today: 

Gomco: Savingsons.org/2011/01/neonatal-circumcision-video-for.html

Plastibell: Drmomma.org/2009/08/plastibell-infant-circumcision.html [Note that the Plastibell is the type of circumcision most often referred to as a 'no-cutting' or 'no-blood' method.]

Outcome Statistics: Circumcised and Intact: Drmomma.org/2010/01/cut-vs-intact-outcome-statistics.html

Men speak on the subject: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487363627949430.115346.166998263319303

Over 250,000 men are restoring some of what was lost to circumcision. It improves sex in a wide variety of ways. Google 'foreskin restoration' and check out any of these resources: Savingsons.org/2009/10/foreskin-restoration.html

The Real Reason You're Circumcised from College Humor: Collegehumor.com/video/6966989/the-real-reason-youre-circumcised

8 articles published at Psychology Today: Savingsons.org/2011/10/psychology-today-circumcision-series.html

For those with older sons who were circumcised: 
Public Page: FB.com/FutureSons 
Private Discussion Group: FB.com/groups/FutureSons
Related items from others with circumcised sons: Drmomma.org/2010/05/i-circumcised-my-son-healing-from.html 

What does this have to do with WOMEN? 
SexAsNatureIntendedIt.com
Book by same title: http://astore.amazon.com/savingsons.org-20

How Male Circumcision Impacts Your Love Life: Drmomma.org/2009/10/how-male-circumcision-impacts-your-love.html

Women's Health and Male Circumcision Resource List: Drmomma.org/2009/07/how-male-circumcision-impacts-women.html

HIV/AIDS and the African Trials: AIDSCirc.org and the HIV resource page: Drmomma.org/2014/01/hiv-aids-circumcision-resources.html

50 Reasons to Leave it Alone: Drmomma.org/2010/11/50-reasons-to-leave-it-alone.html 

The Info Pack (includes a DVD with several videos and 80 pages of materials) or "Expecting?" New parent packets (materials without the DVDs or full articles): Savingsons.org/p/info-pack.html

Informational items (cards, stickers, bracelets, etc.): Savingsons.org/p/info-cards.html

Questions? 

Email SavingSons@gmail.com at any time. We have several clinicians who volunteer their time to field questions, and if we're not able to answer, we'll seek out a place to go for further information.

If you find these resources to be of use, please help support SOS and work we do. We continue solely by volunteers' time and generosity. See current needs at: Savingsons.org/p/sponsor-son-waiting-list.html or give directly: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G6VLETWSGSR22





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FALL BENEFIT



** UPDATE: Due to a close family member's death, this benefit is being postponed one week **

The SOS Fall Benefit kicks off this week! Items will be accepted via photograph or mail Nov 1-10, with auctions going LIVE on Monday, Nov 7, and new items added daily. Items will be posted below on this page, and linked on Facebook. If you are a crafty parent, shop owning advocate, or have an item donate you'd like to donate, we invite you to join in at any point this week. For maximum exposure, the earlier the better to be highlighted.

Our audiences love supporting fellow pro-intact businesses and you'll draw attention to your shop during this upcoming holiday season, and support the invaluable work of SOS and Peaceful Parenting as we look ahead to hundreds of baby/maternity expos and educational events in 2017.

To participate, email the following to SavingSons@gmail.com: 

  • Quality photo of your item(s)
  • Item's value
  • Item's description (material, size, ingredients, how it is used, limitations, etc.)
  • Your name, or your shop's name and website (if applicable) 

Items of any value are welcome - you do not need to be a shop owner.  Those donating items agree to ship to winning bidders no later than November 18 (except for custom orders or gift certificates to be used in your shop).

All items will be featured on Facebook and in photos and images below, as well as be shared in various Saving Our Sons and Peaceful Parenting social media outlets.

To support in lieu of the auction, use the QR Code pictured above, become an SOS sponsor, or PayPal to SavingSons@gmail.com with a note on its intended purpose.

Thank you for being a part of this invaluable fundraising event!


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INTACT PUMPKIN PATCH



Have a carved or decorated pumpkin this fall that you're using to spread the message of genital autonomy? We'd love to add your #i2 pumpkin to the patch! Send a picture to SavingSons@gmail.com or upload to Saving Our Sons on Facebook. All submissions will receive a set of Holiday Info Cards and stickers (pick your favorites here) for seed-planting throughout the coming seasons. One lucky winner will receive a bigger prize pack filled with intact goodies. Email your mailing address when submitting your pumpkin photo if you'd like to receive these items.

Sampling of photos from past years' Intact Pumpkin Patches

















Photo from Christina at Intact Iowa

Photo from Danielle at Intact Indiana

Last Halloween 2015, Jonathon Conte, of the Bay Area Intactivists, submitted a photo of the goodie bags he put together to hand out. He wrote, "Not a pumpkin, but it's Halloween advocacy," and added, "Although I don't think anything contained in our Halloween treat bags is inappropriate for children, I just wanted to make it clear that children are not the primary audience for these. The vast majority of people participating in [our local event] are adults." If you are handing out goodies this Halloween, and have an adult audience coming by your house, party, or other event, consider including cards or stickers with your stash. You'll plant seeds of information with a whole new audience. 

Halloween and other themed info cards available at: SavingSons.org/p/info-cards.html

By Anthony at Intact Massachusetts

By Brian at Intact Connecticut

By Brittany at Intact Utah



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Circumcised Men More Likely to Have Sexually Transmitted Infections


A common myth heard in North America is that "circumcision will prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)." However research time and again demonstrates otherwise.

A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reports that over a lifetime, intact men have fewer STIs, fewer cases of genital warts, and are less likely to contract HIV.

Source: Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2012 Nov; 9(11):2933-7.

ABSTRACT 

Introduction 
Circumcision among adult men has been widely promoted as a strategy to reduce human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission risk. However, much of the available data derive from studies conducted in Africa, and there is as yet little research in the Caribbean region where sexual transmission is also a primary contributor to rapidly escalating HIV incidence.

Aim 
In an effort to fill the void of data from the Caribbean, the objective of this article is to compare history of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV diagnosis in relation to circumcision status in a clinic‐based sample of men in Puerto Rico.

Methods 
Data derive from an ongoing epidemiological study being conducted in a large STI/HIV prevention and treatment center in San Juan in which 660 men were randomly selected from the clinic's waiting room. 

Main Outcome Measures
We assessed the association between circumcision status and self‐reported history of STI/HIV infection using logistic regressions to explore whether circumcision conferred protective benefit.

Results 
Almost a third (32.4%) of the men were circumcised (CM). Compared with uncircumcised (UC) men, CM have accumulated larger numbers of STI in their lifetime (CM = 73.4% vs. UC = 65.7%; P = 0.048), have higher rates of previous diagnosis of warts (CM = 18.8% vs. UC = 12.2%; P = 0.024), and were more likely to have HIV infection (CM = 43.0% vs. UC = 33.9%; P = 0.023). Results indicate that being CM predicted the likelihood of HIV infection (P value = 0.027).

Conclusions 
These analyses represent the first assessment of the association between circumcision and STI/HIV among men in the Caribbean. While preliminary, the data indicate that in and of itself, circumcision did not confer significant protective benefit against STI/HIV infection. Findings suggest the need to apply caution in the use of circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy, particularly in settings where more effective combinations of interventions have yet to be fully implemented.

Rodriguez‐Diaz CE, Clatts MC, Jovet‐Toledo GG, Vargas‐Molina RL, Goldsamt LA, and GarcĂ­a H. More than foreskin: Circumcision status, history of HIV/STI, and sexual risk in a clinic‐based sample of men in Puerto Rico. J Sex Med 2012;9:2933–2937.

Personalize your checks with a little intact love!



In today's day people do not tend to write many checks, but when we do, it may as well be with a little #i2 love! Intact Michigan Director, Erin, had her checks made at Artistic Checks with the rainbow leaves template below. You are welcome to borrow her design, or create something of your own. Should you wish to use the SOS logo with SavingSons.org, you are also invited to do so. Take from the image below, or email SavingSons@gmail.com and ask for the logo in any color that you need. Search around online for coupon codes before you order your custom checks - there are many to be found.

Thank you for planting seeds and saving babies!


Further ideas for seed-planting:


The following SOS logos are those you are welcome to use on personal items like checks, diapers, covers, longies, t-shirts, pens, and other custom seed-planting materials, provided the logo remains intact as created here and is not used in an aggressive or attacking manner.





Forced Retraction of My Son: I Said NO!

By Shaina D. C. © 2016


To the health care "professionals" who forcibly retracted my 9 month olds foreskin: I said no.

I told you I did NOT want you to do that to my son.

I asked for an alternative way to collect a urine sample. I did not consent.

Yet you did it not just once, but twice. After you failed the first time, you sent in a man to do it. After he demanded, I let him, and he told me that my son should have been circumcised because now he is susceptible to getting UTIs.

You said I should be retracting his foreskin often to clean it. You lied to me and said, "When I was young it was mandatory." You are a paramedic. You are approximately 10 years older than me. Yet it seems that you know absoluetly nothing about the normal intact penis and foreskin.

I asked if you were circumcised. You said yes, of course.  I wasn't even surprised. You told me it wouldn't hurt my son. You said, "It's just a little bit."

You lied to me.

I sat there crying while my son screamed in pain, while you ripped his foreskin back, in order to shove a catheter inside him.

Even though I said no. More than once.

You laid on top if my son to prevent him from kicking and flailing from the pain. Did you even wear gloves while you assaulted my son? It was all for nothing... The urine analysis came back perfect. No issues at all.

You lied when you said it would not hurt. Six days later, and my son's penis is still red and inflamed.

He still smacks my hand away if I try to touch it to inspect it. He still screams during every poopy diaper change. You hurt my son. For nothing. Even though I said no. He felt it. He still feels it.

You preyed and targeted an emotional mother, because you didn't agree with her. You guilted her for leaving her son intact, because your pride tells you that your penis is what every penis should look like. You assisted in preforming an unnecessary procedure, without consent from an infant's parent.

You perpetuated the myths used to scare parents into mutilating their baby boys.

I am not posting this to start a debate. I am posting this to inform parents that not every health care professional knows the proper way to care for an infant with an intact penis. I am posting this because I know I am not alone. My son is not alone. This happens daily in hospitals, and many people, including myself, are too scared to speak up again or louder. I regret sitting there in fear while these health care workers hurt my baby. I betrayed my son and I couldn't protect him from the people many think they are safe with...

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Happy Father's Day! #DadsSavingSons



Have a special baby-saving dad in your life? Each year we celebrate dads who really make a difference in the lives of little ones around them (2013 / 2014 / 2015). This is your chance to celebrate a father and genital autonomy advocate you know and love ~ and maybe have him win a little something in the process.

Saving Our Sons invites you to share a picture and brief story of the father you know who stands up for the basic human right of genital autonomy. Email to SavingSons@gmail.com and we will add the son-saving dad in your life to the Real Men Save Babies album.

On Father's Day we will be drawing 10 winners from among submissions who will each win a "Thank you, Dad!" pack of advocacy items. Winners can select a favorite wristband, plus stickers or info cards to spread the #i2 love further in their communities.

Thank you to all the men and their loved ones this Father's Day who are making sure the next generation grows up with all they were born to have. ❤

If you would like to make a donation in honor of the special man in your life, we invite you to do so below or by sending via mail. We will ship "Thank you, Dad!" packs to everyone who donates on behalf of a dad (please feel free to specify wristband and stickers selection).

Saving Our Sons
P.O. Box 1302
VA Beach, VA 23451

SOS operates exclusively on a grassroots volunteer and donation basis, and we work hard to be at every baby and maternity expo across the U.S. that we are able to fund; to meet with thousands of expecting parents each month; to host free classes for expecting families; to daily respond to letters, calls and email in regards to intact care and circumcision cases; to send professional materials to physicians and nursing staff who are known to be retracting babies and children; and to make a positive, pro-intact presence at every event and demonstration we're able to host, to ensure this topic stays at the forefront of discussion and social change. SOS needs typically outweigh donations, so yours is especially appreciated and will be immediately put to real-life baby-saving use! 

2016 Winners
(Drawn at Random.org on Father's Day / Check back to see winners!)
All fathers honored at: FB.com/media/set/?set=a.609017385784053.1073741829.166998263319303 





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