DOH: Children on circumcision must be ‘psychologically ready’ PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 May 2012 13:54

With a wide variety of organizations and even politicians sponsoring “Operation Tuli” or mass circumcision this summer, the Department of Health (DOH) has advised male teeners or kids to be psychologically ready should they decide to avail of it.

Dr. Eric Tayag, DOH assistant secretary and spokesperson, said that, aside from the rite to passage to manhood, they should keep in mind that circumcision is done without complications, expect them to feel extreme pain, bleeding and swelling of the foreskin, among others.

Likewise, it is important that one conducting the circumcision are experts and the one being circumcised is cooperating, as well as being psychologically ready, having to feel the pain and at times being the center of jokes (especially those being circumcised in later age).

Accordingly, at present, peer-pressure, parental pressure, medical pressure and the stigma against being supót (intact) make childhood circumcision almost — but not quite — inevitable.

Meanwhile, traditional ‘pukpok’ is not at all bad especially conducted by person really known to be good at doing it, but Tayag, however, said kids should be encouraged to go for the modern ways of circumcision.

Tayag said that circumcision is actually done even among male infants (however said that babies also feel the pain) up to 20 years of age, or even up to 40 years of age who reportedly been circumcised.