My Decision To Circumcise 

Even though my son is now almost 7 years old, ¬†it is still a frequent discussion between my husband and I why I made the decision to circumcise our son. ¬†My husband believes that there is no reason for males to be circumcised and I felt that I didn’t want him growing up having to deal with society’s idea of what most penises look like.

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I remember the day like it was yesterday. ¬†Since my husband was against circumcision (he is circumcised but says he was never given a choice) he refused to go with me. ¬†This was my first baby and here I was going to a life changing doctor’s appointment all by myself.

I sat in the examining room going through my head a hundred times and wondering if I was making the right decision.  Honestly I made the decision to have my son circumcised based solely on the fact that society has decided on this procedure to be completely normal and is no longer based on religion or faith but that of cosmetics.

As a woman, I have seen both types of penises and have talked to various other women who have as well. ¬†And the sad fact is that the majority of women prefer a circumcised penis over that of one that is not. ¬†According to the popular adult store,¬†Adam & Eve,¬†over 54%¬†of women prefer a circumcised penis. ¬†But I also found in my research that circumcision rates increased from 48% during 1988‚Äď1991 to 61% during 1997‚Äď2000 but declined to 56% in 2008¬†according to the CDC. ¬†The results from the Adam & Eve survey were done in 2014.

They took my son into another room to do the procedure while I waited in the examination room. ¬†It seemed like hours passed when finally they brought him in. ¬†The doctor removed his diaper to show me what he had done and to say what I saw was anything short of horrific,is an understatement. ¬†No one had prepared me for the dark red flesh that was now at the end of my little baby boy’s penis. ¬†I felt like a horrible mother and began uncontrollably crying. ¬†To the point that the doctor had me sit down and relax before going over the after care with me, or even giving me back my baby.

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I finally pulled myself together because I wanted nothing more than to hold and soothe my crying little boy.  The moment he was in my arms I felt a wave of relief come over me.

The doctor explained the after care to me and I hung on every word that escaped from that man’s mouth. ¬†They told me I could stay in the room as long as I needed until I felt comfortable enough to leave. ¬†I remember just sitting there nursing him until finally he was sound asleep.

I gathered up our things and left the hospital.  But as soon as I got him safely loaded into the car (still sleeping) I sat in the parking lot and cried and continued to cry all the way home.  Questioning myself over and over again if I had done the right thing.

I never did any kind of research before the procedure but I made sure to follow the doctors instructions thoroughly.  As each day passed the wound began to heal and quite honestly I thankfully never had any problems and my son never showed any signs of discomfort as described in this article I came across in doing some research for this post.  Had I have read that article before making my own decision, I probably would have decided differently.

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But then I found a more recent article which you can read here that makes me feel as if I did make the right decision. ¬†I would never want my son to feel like, I am sure some of the men who are talked about in this article, must have felt. ¬†Not to mention I wouldn’t want to be having to constantly be telling him, let alone showing him, how to pull the foreskin back and clean it. ¬†Let’s face it, children (especially boys) don’t care much about their hygiene until far into their teen years when usually they get their first real girlfriend. ¬†The CDC has also stated that several types of research have documented that male circumcision significantly reduces the risk of men contracting HIV through penile-vaginal sex.

In all honesty, as a parent, I think it is a personal choice unless of course it falls under your religion or faith. ¬† But I would like to hear from the women out there what their views are…my main question being…

Do you prefer a man who is circumcised or uncircumcised?   And if you feel like it, please do explain.

Domesticated Momster
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(Guest Post) 7 Tips For All To Maintain Their Health And Good Dental Hygiene

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Recently I was contacted by Joel Cordle over at hillcountrypdo.com to do a guest post about taking care of our pearly whites!  Since I am all about my dental hygiene, I of course said YES!

Take it away Joel…
What is the importance of hygiene to our health? The answer is simple. Hygiene and health is interdependent that one cannot complete exist without the other. The saying “cleanliness is next to godliness” further solidifies that idea. Maintaining cleanliness with your body and with your surroundings is an integral way to stay healthy. Apparently, exercise and the right diet is not enough.
We all learned the basics of hygiene since kindergarten, so allow us to give you a review on those simple and (what should be) regular routines for us. Here are 7 tips for everyone on how to maintain health and good dental hygiene.
Wash hands frequently.
Hand-washing is the first and most basic rule to maintain hygiene. Every minute, our hands are exposed and attacked by millions of germs and bacteria that can affect our health. Washing our hands frequently can prevent these germs from spreading.
Take a bath regularly.
Although the rest of your body is not exposed to germs as much as the hands are, your body still needs regular cleaning to remove any germs that accumulated around it. Taking a bath regularly is an important way to maintain hygiene.
Brush teeth at least twice a day.

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As what all orthodontist and dentists will tell you, to ensure that your dental health stays in shape, you should brush at least two times every day ‚Äď once in the morning when you wake up and once at night before you sleep. Brushing the teeth is the first step to maintaining a good dental hygiene.
Clean your tongue.
The tongue is exposed to many types of bacteria, germs and all the food you eat all day. You will notice that your tongue’s color will change with the color of the food you eat. Maintain your dental hygiene by cleaning your tongue regularly by using your toothbrush (brush gently) or your finger.
Use mouthwash.
Apparently, brushing and cleaning your tongue is not enough to make sure that your dental hygiene is completely maintained. There are areas in your mouth that toothbrush bristles cannot reach and can only be cleaned by liquid cleaning agents. This is where a mouthwash will come in handy. Use mouthwash after brushing your teeth to flush out the remaining bacteria in the mouth.
Keep your nails clean.
Nails are also a representation of our hygiene. Not to mention, dirty nails will risk you to ingest bacteria when you eat. Make sure that you always cut your nails or clean off the dirt that is collected in your nails.
Know the specifics of proper hygiene for men and for women.
Hygiene, especially for our genital areas, is different between men and women. Know the specifics and basics in cleaning your private parts to prevent bacteria-caused illnesses and to maintain proper hygiene.

Awareness and practice of the simple acts that can maintain our health and dental hygiene can go a long way for us. Be sure to always prioritize your personal hygiene to prevent illnesses and to stay healthy and happy.