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 that is widely available today. If you only have a short period of time to spend on this topic, a blue star marks films with physicians' statements who are in practice today, as well as medical professionals' materials. If you're interested in joining in conversation with others, the following groups are safe spaces to bring up related questions: Saving Our Sons CommunityIntact: Healthy, Happy, WholeRaising BoysIt's a Boy!Peaceful Intact EducationPeaceful Parenting Community

★ Functions of the Foreskin: http://www.DrMomma.org/2009/09/functions-of-foreskin-purposes-of.html

★ Foreskin and its 16+ Functions (not 'just skin'): http://www.SavingSons.org/2015/09/foreskin-and-its-16-functions-not-just.html

★ Intact vs. Circumcised: A Significant Difference in the Adult Penis: http://www.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:
A Brief History in Physicians' Own Wordshttp://www.DrMomma.org/2007/05/circumcision-brief-history-in.html
Circumcision to Reduce Men's Pleasurehttp://www.SavingSons.org/2012/07/circumcision-to-reduce-mens-sexual.html

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

Physicians' thoughts within the medical field todayFB.com/IntactCare
• Notably, Dr. Morton Frisch: Time for U.S. Parents to Reconsider the Acceptability of Infant Male Circumcisionhttps://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/time-for-us-parents-to-reconsider-the-acceptability-of-infant-male-circumcision_b_7031972.html
• Peer reviewed research (studies published in medical journals): http://www.DrMomma.org/2007/01/circumcision-studies.html

Well researched BOOKS written on the subject:
Marked in Your Fleshhttps://amzn.to/2ONyB34
Circumcision: A Historyhttps://amzn.to/2vkxwrk
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Circumcisionhttps://amzn.to/2O8R5d5
Doctors Re-examine Circumcisionhttps://amzn.to/2OdfSwN
Circumcision, The Hidden Traumahttps://amzn.to/2OcqWKt
Circumcision Exposedhttps://amzn.to/2viVpQ7
The Foreskin and Why You Should Keep Ithttps://amzn.to/2M4qiBl
Circumcision: A Jewish Perspectivehttps://amzn.to/2AJju7C
Celebrating Brit Shalomhttps://amzn.to/2nc0eWN

 VIDEO: Dr. Ryan McAllister Georgetown University video lecture, Elephant in the Hospital (also included on DVD in the Saving Our Sons Info Pack): http://www.library.georgetown.edu/gelardin/showcase/entries/circumcision-elephant-hospital

 VIDEO: Dr. Christopher Guest, Circumcision: The Whole Story: http://youtu.be/SeAXantm4tE

★ VIDEO: American Circumcision documentary on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81000861

VIDEO: Whose Body, Whose Rights? Award-winning circumcision documentary: http://www.SavingSons.org/2017/01/whose-body-whose-rights-circumcision.html

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

VIDEO: Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t Circumcision Episode: http://www.SavingSons.org/2013/03/happy-birthday-penn-jillette.html

★ 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: http://www.Savingsons.org/2011/01/neonatal-circumcision-video-for.html
• Plastibell: http://www.DrMomma.org/2009/08/plastibell-infant-circumcision.html [Note that Plastibell is the type of circumcision most often mistakenly referred to as a 'no-cutting' or 'no-blood' method.]

Outcome Statistics (Circumcised vs. Intact): http://www.DrMomma.org/2010/01/cut-vs-intact-outcome-statistics.html

Men speakhttp://www.SavingSons.org/2017/04/men-speak.html | MenMatterToo.org/men
• Facebook conversations by men: 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 sexual pleasure in a wide variety of ways. Google Foreskin Restoration and check out any of these resources: http://www.Savingsons.org/2009/10/foreskin-restoration.html

Psychology Today article collection: http://Savingsons.org/2011/10/psychology-today-circumcision-series.html

For those with older sons who were circumcised: 
Keeping Future Sons Intact Public Page: FB.com/FutureSons 
Discussion Group: FB.com/groups/FutureSons
Articles written by those with circumcised sons: http://www.DrMomma.org/2010/05/i-circumcised-my-son-healing-from.html 

What does this have to do with WOMEN? 
• Sex As Nature Intended It: SexAsNatureIntendedIt.com
  Book by same title: https://amzn.to/2AEyUde
• How Male Circumcision Impacts Your Love Life: http://www.DrMomma.org/2009/10/how-male-circumcision-impacts-your-love.html
• Women's Health and Male Circumcision Resource List: http://www.DrMomma.org/2009/07/how-male-circumcision-impacts-women.html

Faith Considerations on Circumcision
• Resources by/for Jews, Christians, and Muslims: http://www.DrMomma.org/2011/01/faith-considerations-on-circumcision.html
• For Jews - Intact Jewish Network
• For Muslims - Intact Muslim Network 

HIV/AIDS and the African Trials: http://www.DrMomma.org/2014/01/hiv-aids-circumcision-resources.html

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

If you'd like to join a community of parents (many with both circumcised and intact sons) to ask questions while making your decision, you are welcome to the Intact: Healthy, Happy, Whole group. Everyone is welcome to this safe-space, non-venting community group. The Saving Our Sons Community Group is for those who are already pro-intact advocates, and families raising intact sons.


For Sharing Educational Items

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Questions? 
Please feel free to email SavingSons(at)gmail.com any time. Several clinicians volunteer time to field questions, and if we're not able to answer, we'll seek out a place to go for further information.

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Why can’t you just mind your own business (on circumcision)?

By Scott Janoschak © 2019

Genital Autonomy Advocates at the White House in Washington D.C. during Genital Integrity Awareness Week.

“Why can’t you just mind your own business?”

Are you kidding? That’s the main reason I’m an intactivist in the first place. Males are generally much happier and healthier when they’re empowered, encouraged and informed on how to make their own personal healthcare choices. The exact same thing can be said about females, and it applies to all age groups, across all genders.

If you’re asking me, “Why can’t you stop bashing circumcision?” The answer is simple, because circumcision advocates have forced my hand in numerous ways:

1. I’m sick and tired of misinformation peddled by news and entertainment media that depicts or describes intact penises as dangerous, ugly, and uncivilized in such a way that it actively shames boys and men who aren’t cut. It has led to all manner of bullying, sexual harassment and humiliation when the guilty party has no idea what the foreskin even is in the first place.

Difference between the intact and circumcised glans (head) of the male genitals.

2. I’m sick and tired of healthcare workers bullying parents to circumcise after they already said no, or even the parents who only want more time to think carefully and make a decision. Forget about the circumcision controversy for a second... It is absolutely unethical and completely unprofessional for doctors and nurses to put pressure on the parents to make a choice. It’s even worse for the mom after she just gave birth, is still in pain and is not thinking clearly like normal.

Medical Professionals for Genital Autonomy present reasons for fellow physicians in practice to not participate in infant circumcision. Informational cards for sharing available at Etsy.

3. I’m sick and tired of these same healthcare workers who will prematurely attempt to retract the foreskin after being explicitly instructed by informed parents not to do so and the results can be devastating in some cases. The forced retraction epidemic is so bad that even the American Academy of Pediatrics had to issue intact care instructions, but clearly not all doctors got the memo. Both circumcision and forced retraction are iatrogenic injuries; the “experts” responsible need to be held to account for improper care.

Circumcision and retraction are iatrogenic injuries to non-consenting human beings.

4. I’m sick and tired of sex education curriculums around this country failing to accurately inform our young people about many things regarding sex, even the most basic facts about sexual anatomy and physiology. Children and teens are going to make mistakes as they grow up, but most of them aren’t stupid. More and more, they’re starting to realize that circumcision really is a completely obsolete hygiene measure and they’re gradually rejecting the practice altogether.

Functions of the Foreskin.
5. I’m sick and tired of the pseudoscience being put out by circumcision advocates. The foreskin is not a disease or a defect. There is no guarantee that circumcision will protect males from any known pathogenic microorganism. Essentially every health problem pertaining to the foreskin or the intact penis as a whole can be prevented/treated by evidence-based medicine/health practice and without circumcision.


Circumcision always results in at least some measure of damage to the penis regardless of the technique or intent of the circumciser. No man should ever have to spend years of his life tugging on his penis to get back something should never have been removed to begin with, thankfully foreskin restoration is known to deliver effective results.

Admittedly, circumcision proponents have also made me literally laugh out loud many times over the years by saying the most ridiculous things one could imagine as a token of their ignorance:

“Babies can’t feel pain.”

“Cut it off or it’ll fall off.”

“He’ll have trouble putting on condoms.”

“He’ll never have any children.”

“He can’t even go to the bathroom.”

By this point however, such rhetoric has long since outlived its amusement and now we’ve had enough. We will never remain silent until this horrible injustice has been eradicated from the world forever, along with all other forms of human genital mutilation.

Foreskin is Fabulous! Nobody wants less penis... Scott raises awareness in Washington D.C. during Genital Integrity Awareness Week. Professionally made, all-weather rally signs available at Etsy.



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