The Moomie Blog and Forum

Top Ad Google

Welcome, Guest
Username: Password: Remember me
  • Page:
  • 1
  • 2

TOPIC: Circumcision

Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158732

  • lollipop
  • ( User )
  • lollipop's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 1299
  • Thank you received: 5
  • Karma: 1
My husband is adamant that we need to have our son circumcised.

He has read studies that show that it is generally 'cleaner' to have it done, and it has also been found that it significantly lowers the risk of infection for HIV and any STD's and other infections in the 'nether-regions'
I have contacted my paed, and they have advised that it would need to be done by a general surgeon, under anesthetics.
As this is deemed an elective procedure by the medical aid, they will not pay for it.
General enquiries have led me to find out that this costs about R8000.00 for the surgeon and anesthesiologist.

Has anyone else had their boys 'snipped'? If you are based in Cape Town, where did you have it done?
If you are comfortable divulging, how much did it cost?

I am still undecided about this, no-one on our family has been circumsised and I feel it is unnecessary pain that will be inflicted on my boy? What is your take on this?
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158754

  • Reluc.t.ant M.o.m
  • ( User )
  • Reluc.t.ant M.o.m's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Triple Platinum
  • Does not suffer fools gladly .....
  • Posts: 3651
  • Thank you received: 18
  • Karma: 35
Hey Lollipop - my son was circumcised and birth. I was at Panorama, and my Paed recommended the person who would do it.

I have two friends who had it done later with thier sons due to ongoing health issues, unfortunately I can't get hold of them to ask them who they used.

I know we spoke about this issue a few months back on this thread:

www.moomie.co.za/forum/5-your-baby/97621...-doing-it.html#98123

and there are varying schools of thought.

I am suprised your paed has not recommended you to a surgeon. If it was elective then MA won't cover it, and only if your paed and the consulting specialist deem it to be necessary will MA cover it.

Can I ask why you did not consider this when he was born, or is it because you have read more over the last 8 months and have a different view on it.

The older your son gets the more traumatic it gets for them - my DH had it done when he was about 9 years old, and he recalls it wasn't exactly a treat!

I elected to circumcise my son, based on my reading at the time, I also felt there were future health issues that could/would be avoided, and partly because his dad was circumcised.

I am not sure how motivated I would be with an older child versus a new born, as the older child is more sore, whilst a newborn was mild discomfort (I can only assume based on his reaction, as clearly I have not had my foreskin removed so am not totally sure of the pain involved.)
What keeps me (partially) sane ...
reluctantmom.wordpress.com/

What makes me smile ...
celestebarlow.wordpress.com/

What no one says out loud ...
dirtylittlesecretsmotherskeep.wordpress.com/

Location: CY country
Off spring: 3 (ages range from 2 - 9 years old)

Struggling to juggle life, kids, work, my bottle of wine, without having a total humour failure.

I have a letter from my pdoc to say I am insane, so tread lightly with me, some days I can be a total bitch. I'm lying. Most days I am a total bitch.

I abhor smiley face icons. Just saying.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158760

  • Reluc.t.ant M.o.m
  • ( User )
  • Reluc.t.ant M.o.m's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Triple Platinum
  • Does not suffer fools gladly .....
  • Posts: 3651
  • Thank you received: 18
  • Karma: 35
I read this blog post a little while ago and went to look for it again when I say this thread.

It is written from a man's perspective and also when he became a father - the comments after the post get a bit heated.

blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2010/04/concerning-circumcision/

It is very weighty subject, and at the end of the day we make the decision that our son's have to live with - what ever they are.
What keeps me (partially) sane ...
reluctantmom.wordpress.com/

What makes me smile ...
celestebarlow.wordpress.com/

What no one says out loud ...
dirtylittlesecretsmotherskeep.wordpress.com/

Location: CY country
Off spring: 3 (ages range from 2 - 9 years old)

Struggling to juggle life, kids, work, my bottle of wine, without having a total humour failure.

I have a letter from my pdoc to say I am insane, so tread lightly with me, some days I can be a total bitch. I'm lying. Most days I am a total bitch.

I abhor smiley face icons. Just saying.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158771

  • lollipop
  • ( User )
  • lollipop's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 1299
  • Thank you received: 5
  • Karma: 1
RM you are like a balm for my soul.

I didn't think about it at the time of his birth because it was not something that was done in my family, nor in DH's.

DH has been nagging me about it, and I have been stalling because I dont want to inflict pain on my boy...

I called the paed this am, but he has not called back yet, his receptionist did however give me the number of a specialist at Constantiaberg, and his receptionist in turn gave me the 'ballpark-figure'

btw, RM thank you for that link...I had a good ol laugh now.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158791

  • julz
  • ( Moderator )
  • julz's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Moderator
  • Posts: 7545
  • Thank you received: 36
  • Karma: 9
I hated an uncut penis but I am a woman so I left the it up to Neil to choose for Dylan. He chose to leave Dylan uncut.

I was a bit sad about it. Not too keen on the foreskin myself so I did lots of reading and then read an interesting perspective from a man who said a circumcised penis was like a toyota reliable but boring. He had had a circumcision later in his Adult life and said he def had more feeling before he was cut. This changed my mind and made me realise that it was up to Dylan and if he wanted it done later we would do it for him.

That little red tip is often from rubbing. The foreskin protects the very sensitive tip of the penis from the friction from clothes etc. Without it the head of the penis becomes less sensitive which means the man may last longer before having an orgasm but it may be less enjoyable.

www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400690/To-Circumcise-or-Not.html

www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1891744,00.html
Mom of Dylan and Partner to Joerg. We live in the Beautiful Pringle Bay which is along the Whale coast, Cape.


This image is hidden for guests. Please log in or register to see it.This image is hidden for guests. Please log in or register to see it.
Last Edit: 3 years 7 months ago by julz.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158808

  • julz
  • ( Moderator )
  • julz's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Moderator
  • Posts: 7545
  • Thank you received: 36
  • Karma: 9
So to actually answer your question, I suggest you contact a paediatric urologist to have it done. Your paed or GP will be able to refer you to a good one close to you.

Were I to have had Dylan snipped I would have gotten a urologist to do it.
Mom of Dylan and Partner to Joerg. We live in the Beautiful Pringle Bay which is along the Whale coast, Cape.


This image is hidden for guests. Please log in or register to see it.This image is hidden for guests. Please log in or register to see it.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158824

  • kyle_17
  • ( User )
  • kyle_17's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Senior Boarder
  • Posts: 62
  • Karma: 0
my lo turned three months today, i want to get him circumcised as soon as possible, i am looking for a specialist and waiting for confirmation from my medical aid if they will cover the cost
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158829

  • Jems
  • ( User )
  • Jems's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Double Platinum
  • Posts: 2555
  • Thank you received: 4
  • Karma: 7
Hiya Loll's!
As you know we did Troy when he was about 2 weeks old. Couldn't do him in the hosp as the guys was on holiday...

He was based in Constantiaberg. Maybe give them a call and get number? No anathestic was used for Troy but I am sure it is HUGELY different for older babies.

It cost us about R2500 altogether and lucky for me my maid paid for us - preventative wellness or something....

Who is your paed again? Can't you ask her/him to say it is needed or something?
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158835

  • Skai
  • ( User )
  • Skai's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 322
  • Thank you received: 3
  • Karma: 2
Hi Jems,

Do you remember the name of who you used? I found out yesterday I'm havinga boy and both DH and I want him to be circumcised...preferably when still in hospital. I'll be going to Constantiaberg. Will obviously ask my gynae and midwives etc but still nice to get referal from people with actual experience. Thanks!
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158846

  • Jems
  • ( User )
  • Jems's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Double Platinum
  • Posts: 2555
  • Thank you received: 4
  • Karma: 7
Congrats Skai!

Yes best to get it over and done with while in hosp.

For the life of me I cannot remember his name. It was such a quick in and out that I really didn't take note and Troy was quite hysterical afterwards. It was the first time I had seen my poor boy so upset so I was so busy calming him down and DH and medical aid handled bills etc.

The doc seemed very nice. I couldn't go with which pissed me off a bit but otherwise he seemed very prof and Troy's little willy has healed very nicely and looks quite normal etc.

Give Constantiaberg a call. He is the only one as far as I know that does it.

I had Troy at Kingsbury and I think he travels to and fro.

Imagine chopping poor little winkies all day long!? :(
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158850

  • Skai
  • ( User )
  • Skai's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 322
  • Thank you received: 3
  • Karma: 2
Ha ha Jems...Yes, that definitely is an interesting job choice.
Thanks for info...will give constantiaberg a call closer to the time.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158853

  • Yaz
  • ( User )
  • Yaz's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 885
  • Thank you received: 18
  • Karma: 10
If I ever have a baby boy I'll definitely have him circumsized! It decreases the risk to attract HIV and other STIs dramatically and unfortunately this is something to seriously think about since we are living in SA.

If it's done very early in their lives they won't ever know the difference between a Toyota and a Porsche ;)
Cameron (*08.08.2009) is watching his little sister from above.

This image is hidden for guests. Please log in or register to see it.

This image is hidden for guests. Please log in or register to see it.

HypnoBirth Mommy
living in Germany with Capetonian family
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158871

  • Jems
  • ( User )
  • Jems's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Double Platinum
  • Posts: 2555
  • Thank you received: 4
  • Karma: 7
And most men have a prob with premature ejaculation anyways... I kinda think we are helping our son's wife/girlfriends out here a bit.

I was anti but have definitely changed my mind. And it is easy to clean and you don't have to worry about stuff getting stuck under there... And besides all the men in my life - dad, brother, boyfriends, DH etc have always been dehooded so looks wise it looks quite normal to me. Hooded winkies look a bit strange to me sometimes!
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158886

  • lollipop
  • ( User )
  • lollipop's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 1299
  • Thank you received: 5
  • Karma: 1
Skai, the doctor in Constantiaberg is Dr De Villiers, his contact details are 021-7617094, he is the specialist in CT (he travels in between CTMedi-Clinic, Kingsbury, Constantiaberg).

Thanks Julz, my paed said that the Urologist will only do the snip if the foreskin is causing urinary issues?

I also read what other men have said about the snip, and that is what is causing me to hesitate.

Jems-how right you are. :blush:

Skai- may I ask, who is your OBGYN?
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Circumcision 3 years 7 months ago #158888

  • Skai
  • ( User )
  • Skai's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 322
  • Thank you received: 3
  • Karma: 2
Thanks Lollipop! I'm actually using the private midwives at Birth Options but my back-up gynae is Dr Monty Brink.
The administrator has disabled public write access.
  • Page:
  • 1
  • 2
Moderators: julz, MissesMom