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Healing the Harms of Circumcision: A Nursing Case Study

Abstract

This case study records counseling with a couple on the verge of separation due to sexual dysfunction partially conditioned by adverse sequellae of routine male infant circumcision. Their extended family referred them to me for counseling and to support their efforts at restoring their relationship. The couple’s motivation to collaborate during assessment and openness to the contemporary option of foreskin restoration as part of their self-managed treatment mitigated negotiating a dynamic, flexible, long-term plan to resolve their problems which are not isolated but illustrate those of potential millions. Methodology: data collecting of couple and family history, physical examination, discussion of the issues, outlining and negotiating potential solutions, and collaborative writing up of treatment plan. Follow-up: regular in-person or telephone discussion of progress every 2 weeks for 3 months, then every month up to 2 years; further interventions or referrals as agreed on.

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  • Counseling
  • Pain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Foreskin restoration

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The support and encouragement of Rita F. Cameron, RN, Graduate of the Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing 1931, Supervisor in Obstetrics at Montreal General Hospital 1960–1972 is acknowledged and this study is dedicated to her memory.

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White, B.M. (2013). Healing the Harms of Circumcision: A Nursing Case Study. In: Denniston, G., Hodges, F., Milos, M. (eds) Genital Cutting: Protecting Children from Medical, Cultural, and Religious Infringements. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6407-1_8

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