Pediatricians’ Stance on Circumcision Changes – Again!


An updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is asking parents to include the following medical information, along with their cultural, religious, and ethical beliefs, when deciding whether or not to circumcise their newborn boys.

The AAP says, “they want parents to know that the benefits of the procedure outweigh its small risks. But they stop short of recommending the surgery, which removes the foreskin of the penis, for every newborn boy.”

Another group of doctors endorsing this new policy is The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The old policy, published in 1999, questioned the necessity, medically speaking, of male circumcision, which caused Medicaid to deny coverage for the procedure.  Now, however, the newer policy, much like the even older 1989 policy, supports the procedure and related health benefits.

The benefits of male circumcision include: Decreased rate of “transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, herpes, simplex, and human papillomavirus (HPV)”; reduced “rate of urinary tract infections, especially in the first year of life”; reduced risk of penile cancer; and a reduced risk of “cervical cancer in sexual partners.”

According to this article, “the new policy statement also says the benefits of circumcision warrant coverage by third-party payers like Medicaid and insurance companies.”

The possible risks of the procedure include potential infection and small bleeding, but it sounds like the benefits strongly outweigh those possibilities. Do you agree?

With this new information, how do you feel about male circumcision? Did you, or will you, circumcise your newborn boy?


What do you think?

Pediatricians’ Stance on Circumcision Changes – Again!

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. Attila says:

    Nonsense !!! I happen to know that boys/men are embarrassed by their uncircumcised penis, throughout their life. First, .. is the locker room statements and questions from their team-mates and friends that oddly enough, had never seen an uncircumcised penis and are expressing genuine surprise and curiosity about it looking “different” than theirs and others. Next .. comes the day when the penis is going to be seen by a member of the opposite sex. This can lead to a strong feeling of anxiety and an inability to get, and keep “up” an erection, which of course is vital to the act of “love-making.” All in all … It’s much better to have the procedure done right after, or shortly after birth. After all .. we don’t really consider a “Ant-Eater” as “attractive” now … do we ??? lol ~~~~

  2. arleen says:

    I couldn’t put my child through discomfort, without more certainty in circumcision being necessary. Also I would be stress ridden until he completely healed, not fun at all! P.S. I find the penis to be amazingly beautiful and uncircumcised even more so! That’s how it was made to be and look.

  3. holyscrap says:

    My grandfather and two of his brothers had to have the procedure as adults. With that kind of family history, my boys are getting circumcised! My oldest son I watched the entire procedure. He didn’t cry as much as he had when the midwife had pricked his heel for the blood sample. I started nursing him and all pain was forgotten.

  4. Julia says:

    The reality of human anatomy is not unappealing. Humanity is not gross. If the foreskin wasn’t meant to be there, humans would have evolved out of it, and we wouldn’t have to pay medical professionals to remove it.

    The human body is not gross.

    Circumcision is a horrifyingly inhumane practice, though, with around 40% of circumcised infant boys experiencing seizures due to the pain. When the nurse tells you “he slept right through it!” they are lying. Your son’s inactivity is because he went in to shock to block out the pain, and not because the dorsal penile nerve blocker had any effect on the incursion on the underside of his penis.

    Don’t let anyone trick you into thinking your baby boy doesn’t suffer excruciating pain that has been proven to leave laying psychological scars because we as a culture think a mutilated penis is somehow more attractive.

    • Jessica says:

      I just was curious where you got the source that claims that the pain “has been proven to leave laying psychological scars?” I have a degree in psychology and children hold absolutely no cognitive memory until about 2 1/2 to 3. I have found many sources to back this. I have no problem with your view. I am not disagreeing or agreeing.

  5. Jenn says:

    It’s not my penis so it’s not my choice. I’ve left my two boys I tact and will leave my third boy on the way also intact. I would be upset if my parents had part of my genitalia cut off without my permission.

  6. Colleen says:

    My husband and I chose to get our boys circumcised because it just made sense for us. My husband is prone to inflammation and infection because he wasn’t circumcised and, even though he keeps everything as clean and dry as possible, sweat and dead skin cells tend to accumulate under his foreskin. He was told that the best solution for him would be to get circumcised but that it takes longer to heal and he would be at a greater risk of infection because he’s older. Even though I completely understood the situation, he would get terribly embarrassed any time we couldn’t be intimate because he was too sore from the inflammation. We didn’t want our boys to go through the same embarrassment.

  7. ilisha says:

    Something else to consider is end of life care. I know a long time ago that, if I ever have a not he will have this done. People talk about teaching,their sons how to properly clean the foreskin, but what happens 70+ years down the road when he has dimensia or a stroke robbed him of those mental facilities and the only thing he knows in that case is it HURTS when the girl at the nursing home is trying to pull it back to properly clean him. Speaking as an aide, 50% of the time a man has hit me it was because I was trying to give peri-care to a confused resident who didn’t understand why I was “fooling around down there” but he knew he didn’t like it and wanted me to stop. It is almost impossible to give proper care to some of these gentlemen no matter how hard you try, with the unfortunate result of increased chance of uti, sores and other complications.

  8. Melanie says:

    We did not circumcise our son because it was too expensive. His older brothers and father had it done. It’s sad that we were forced to make the choice not to have the procedure simply due to cost.

  9. Katie says:

    I don’t understand why people are worried about whether their son’s sexual partners will like their uncircumcised penis or not. I had never seen an uncircumcised penis before I met my husband but that didn’t change the way I felt about him. It wasn’t even an issue. None of the men in his family are circumcised and they’ve never had health issues because of it. If you’re concerned about STDs then teach your child about condoms or abstinence, whichever you prefer. A circumcision does not reduce the chances of infection as much as condoms do.
    BUT! It is up to every parent to decide whether or not they want to circumcise their child. Don’t ever feel like you need to defend your decision. Do what you think is best for your child and do your research.

  10. brittinia says:

    Think about your child’s sex life when they get grown. Would his girlfriend like to see all that extra skin, looking like his penis is playing hide and seek. The extra skin is unappealing, you have a higher risk of stds, uti, bacterial infections, not only can they affect your son but they can also affect his partner. The child has no memory of what happened or the pain he felt. CIRCUMCISION IS CLEAN, SAFE, HEALTHY!! Don’t think about yourself think about the kid in the long run.

    • Ambur says:

      My husband keeps himself quite clean. He wasn’t circumcised. His penis is appealing to me. We have no health problems because my husband is intact. We did not circumcise our son and will not circumcise any boys we have. It is their decision to make later in life if they want.

  11. oyak says:

    My husband is circumcised because at the time he was born his parents followed everyone else and it was “the thing to do”… I am totally against it. We have 4 boys and none of them are circumcised. They see that dad’s is “different” but it doesn’t matter. We did for them what we felt was right. They just need to be taught how to clean themselves properly just like every other part of your body. We don’t cut our ears off because they get dirty… or women don’t cut their breasts off because it will save them from getting breast cancer in later life. I feel so sorry for the little baby boys who are put through that unnecessary procedure.

  12. Celeste says:

    I have done the reasearch and decided I will circumcise my son, the benifits outweigh the negative. My husband is and I personally love it, it looks cleaner, more attractive and he still feels pleasure (a lot!!!!) (and so do I) he’s never had problems and while doing the reasearch with me about the pros and cons of circumcision for our son he decided “why even put him in a possible risk of getting painful UTIs, or stds?” For him it wasn’t a hard decision, he’s a grown man who’s mother decided for him he will be circumcised and he has no memory of torture or pain or feelings of discouragement for getting it done. If anything he thanks her for making the decision and honestly I do too 😉 but that’s my opinion!

  13. Wendy says:

    Genital mutilation is sick and wrong. When I had my son, in 1986, the pediatrician was almost psychotic, in trying to convince us to cut our son. He started out with it is “cleaner” but this is not true! If you keep your child clean, and teach them how to care for their own bodies, as any responsible parent should do, they will be a no greater risk. Then it was the risk of STD’s later in life. Hello!! A little piece of skin is not a magic shield against viruses. Then came the risk of cervical cancer in future partners, I call BS on that too. I am from the UK, originally, and boys are rarely cut and we have no higher rate of cervical cancer. His final, and most desperate argument was “the other boys will laugh at him in the locker room”, and I am deadly serious on this one. I replied, “my son will be laughing at the other boys, for being mutilated.” Because that is what this unnecessary surgical procedure is. My son survived his childhood with no UTI’s and no foreskin infections. He has never had a STD. But the best was when he was 12 years old and with tears in his eyes he thanked me for not doing it to him. He asked why parents did this to their children, all I could say was “because they don’t know any better”. So think like a rational parent when making this decision. If it really is about them looking pretty in the locker room, I pray you only have daughter’s. Your son can suffer infection, loss of feeling and loss of their penis from infection, from the cutting. There is also a risk of death, yes I said death. Over a 100 baby boys die each year in the USA from circumcisions gone wrong. A small number in the grand scheme of births per year, but I bet those 100 parents would trade back a little bit of skin for their baby’s life,

    • LionessJess says:

      This is absolutely ridiculous. Only in America… My son was saved and left intact, as he was intended, as all newborn babies who just learn how to breathe are meant to be. Babies are born perfect. Circumcision started over a century ago because a “Dr.” decided it would cut back on masturbation, because masturbation is nasty to him. That didn’t work, and unfortunately a whole slew of myths followed. It’s all about the dollar. Working in the billing department of a very prestigious health care facility just proved that. $600-$2,500 is about what is billed to the insurance for that 15 minute skinning ripping and razor cutting (typically without anesthesia) of the newborn penis. The problems it causes can make pharmaceutical companies dance too, Viagra and Cialis are booming. I’m by far not the type of girl who has run around town, but I had only been with one intact male. HE IS THE BEST EVER I have never had pain or dryness, and I always orgasmed multiple times. If you do the real research, you will see the foreskin is a functioning organ, similar to our eyelids, protecting and keeping the internal glands moisturized. What would you do without your eyelids? Your eyes would dry out and get callused and not work as well. This is what happens to the penis over time, and sexual intercourse is more rough as the man needs to jab more to feel more, as well as they can experience premature ejaculation. My son has NEVER had any urinary infection. He is actually very well endowed and looks much healthier than my friend’s sons who have had their baby boys penis’s chopped off after birth. ALSO – there is no dotted line, as it is not intended to be removed, so botching happens frequently. It’s so messed up, it’s culturally accepted in USA, but nowhere else. I had a friend who was disgusted when I told them about circumcision and why I actually advocate against it to everyone I meet. I plan to become a nurse, but more and more I want to pursue my doctorate so I can educate mothers to save their sons. I suggest as a great resource, but also just look up the autonomy. We are so against female cutting that back in the 80’s we created a law against it, however we still perform major cosmetic surgery on brand new born baby boys, watch them SCREAM and go into SHOCK from the pain, expect them to be ok with sugar water, their eyes glazed over for days after this surgery, causing psychological (YES psychological) problems from the very start. The foreskin also produces I believe a hormone that helps with lasting relationships. You can blame circumcision for a man’s wandering eye. The more I learn, the more I’m disgusted that this is considered ethically and morally ok by so many… and reading the comments below… I wish I could save these boys. Please actually research before following the corporate lead.

      • SARAH says:

        I don’t disagree with what you are trying to say here. Don’t take this wrong, but circumcision started IN THE BIBLE. With the EARLIEST Jews in history. Not with a self righteous physician.

        I think what a mother chooses is none of anyone else’s concern and that she shouldn’t be flames for her decisions.
        my 2 cents

        • Ambur says:

          Circumcision in the bible was different than today though. The foreskin was pulled over the head and the excess skin at the top was snipped off, not the whole foreskin.

      • Amanda says:

        “The foreskin also produces I believe a hormone that helps with lasting relationships. You can blame circumcision for a man’s wandering eye.”
        REALLY? That’s one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. Where did you get this information? If this is true, I’d really love to see the source to this, because I was married for 3 years to an uncircumcised man who cheated on me while we were dating (I never had proof so I didn’t leave because I was STUPID), left me alone for three days to cheat on me while I was 7 months pregnant with our daughter (I didn’t leave because I was STILL stupid), then after I had our daughter and she was 4 months old, I found out he had been cheating on me IN OUR BED IN OUR HOUSE with another woman.
        Finally, I got smart and left his lazy, cheating a$$.

    • LionessJess says:

      I agree 200%. Those who actually research always come to this conclusion, leave the babies be. I’m embarrassed to be an American, the only country that hacks off brand new babies penis’s for myth and culture. We think it’s wrong to cut girls (it’s now illegal) yet it’s ok to cut boys. SMH I seriously want to become an OB/GYN nurse to educate new mothers before harming their brand new babies.

  14. Kat says:

    My two sons were born six years apart over 20 years ago. At the time my first son was born, one of the most respected and sought after pediatricians in my area absolutely refused to do circumcisions because he said they were not a medical necessity and that they were cruel and barbaric. About 50% of boys born at that time were not being circumsized. I decided against my son getting one largely due to this pediatrician’s stance. At 10 months old, my son got an infection and almost had to have an emergency circumcision. Fortunately, the infection was cleared without the emergency circumcision. When I had my second son six years later, it was at an Air Force base hospital. One of my attending nurses was pregnant and she said she was going to have the procedure done for her baby if he was a boy due to cleanliness. I checked with one or two other nurses and they had the same thoughts on cleanliness. So I had my second born son circumcised. It was awful for me cuz he cried so hard when he urinated after it that he was foaming at the mouth practically, however, he healed within just a couple days and I never had any regrets.

  15. sheena says:

    in my own opinion i belive little boys should have it done its way cleaner and easier to clean its alot harder to clean a little boy thats not had the procedure done plus some women want be with a guy that hasnt had it done cause there scared of getting yeast infection cervical cancer etc my first husband wasnt and he gave me hpv and cervical cancer cells but after we seprated i had treat ment and im fine now and he was a very very clean man he took 2 showers a day but anyway i guess it also depends on christain back ground etc to my son thats due in a few weeks will have it done but everyone is different 😉

  16. Theresa says:

    When my son was born I had planned on the procedure but unfortunately he couldn’t get it done than. He is now six months old and I still plan on doing it. I think that the benefits out way the risk of it.

  17. Erin says:

    First I am not putting anyones choice down. I chose not to have my son circumcised I worked in the hospital at that time and did months of research and talked to several doctors I worked with. My son is 8 and has not had one uti or any complications what so ever. They say there is increased risk of std’s etc but you know if they are in contact with people with std’s they are gonna get an std with or without foreskin, we see many many many people with std’s namely condyloma and most of those men are circumcised. The decision is yours dont let anyone sway your own decision just do research and do what you feel is right.

  18. Samantha says:

    My son got circumsized, his old Dr. Thought I should have it done so I did, but if I have another child I Would not choose to circumsize again. His Dr. Told me I could be in the room as it was done, so I was, holding his hands an talking to him to try to keep him calm. After it was done she said it looked good. The next day at home it didn’t look right they did the plasti bill on him, it looked crooked and the head of his penis seemed to look purple. I took him back in and the dr said it was fine that’s how it’s suppose to look. The plasti bill ring fell off on day 3, it’s suppose to be on 7-10 days and fall off when ready. I switched his pediatrician and she said it never even looked like it was done. I’ve seen a specialist and the circ. has to be fixed, but he has to be 1 before it can be fixed because he has to be under full anesthesia. I know mistakes can happen but to be one the safe side I wouldn’t have it done if I have another boy.

  19. crystal says:

    I have two older boys ages 24 and 22 and i am due for my 3rd son in july. My older boys are circ. And are very healthy and my new baby boy will be also. Their father is. I feel it is the parents choice if they choose to have it done for thier son’s there is no right or wrong. Better to do it as a newborn then at the age of 10 or 13 .

  20. Member says:

    This procedure is not very pleasurable for babies, but they use several methods of pain management, they wont feel the pain, only discomfort from pulling and stretching, I still think that it overweights the bigger risks if you do not circumcise. Here i’ve copied and pasted the part of the article. The videos are disturbing though, I will not disagee on that.

    What Happens During the Procedure?
    A baby is typically awake for circumcision. He is usually positioned in a molded plastic seat that helps hold him safely in place. The penis and surrounding skin are cleansed with antiseptic before the procedure begins.

    Pain-Control Measures
    Several safe and effective pain-control methods can lessen a baby’s pain during circumcision. It’s important to ask your doctor about the type of pain control your baby will have ahead of time.

    Often, the first pain-control measure will be an acetaminophen suppository inserted into the baby’s rectum. This helps reduce discomfort during the procedure and lasts for several hours afterward.

    Next, a local anesthetic is given to numb the area of the penis where the incision will be made. A topical anesthetic, which is a numbing cream, is first applied to the skin of the penis and takes up to 30 minutes to take effect.

    After the cream has numbed the area of skin, a nerve block is given. The two main types are:

    a dorsal penile nerve block (DPNB), which is a liquid medicine injected through a tiny needle into the bottom of the penis, numbing the whole penis within minutes
    a ring block, which is very similar to the DPNB, except that the numbing medication is injected at least three times in a ring pattern around the shaft of the penis
    Often several methods of pain control are used in combination. For example, doctors may first insert the suppository, then apply the topical cream, and then give the injections where the numbing cream was applied. When the injections are given after the numbing cream, your baby will feel very little as the needle goes through the skin, although the medication may burn a little as it’s being injected.

    To further reduce a baby’s stress and discomfort, the nurse may give the baby a “sucrose pacifier” (a pacifier dipped in sugar water), which has been shown to reduce newborn distress.

  21. E says:

    We don’t circ. Before you circ your child you should watch a video about how barbaric the procedure is.

    For those who talk about dirty teens… not every teen is dirty. The Foreskin can also serve to protect against bacteria for a “dirty” teen.

    For those who don’t want their son’s penis to vary from their DH… will they really be standing around comparing?! My DDs & I don’t stand around comparing our vaginas. If your son has a different eye color than your DH will you make him wear contacts?!

    Cutting off foreskin is like cutting off an eyelid. I can’t even tell you how many botched circs I have heard of from friends, family, etc. A child can always get one done later when THEY choose to do so. Sure it will cost more, sure it will be more painful, but they can express that, understand what is going on, & get through it.

    Tradition is putting up a Christmas tree, baking birthday cakes, etc… but cutting off someone’s foreskin?! I’d look for a new tradition to start. Not all Christians believe in circumcision. In fact Paul tell us that we can be circumcised of the flesh but not of the heart. The heart is the issue, not the flesh.

    • Erin says:

      Om my gosh I just laughed so hard! No I have never seen my son and his father stand around comparing either hahahah. My son isn’t circ. his dad and older brother are but my son has no clue his is different. His dad said he was fine either way and actually hadnt wanted his first son circ. but his mom did so he let her decide. My mother sister and I never compared vaginas either! 🙂

  22. shannon says:

    My husband is circumcised, and we did plenty of research and talked to a few doctors and came to the decision not to have my son circumcised. My son is now 13 and is very glad we didn’t do it. He has had no problems/issues we kept it clean when he was little and e is very good at keeping it clean himself now. We have had no UTI problems of any kind due to not being circumcised. I am pregnant again and we have decided that we will not circumcise this one either. I believe it is a personal choice for everyone to make we however are glad and my son is very glad that we did not have it done.

  23. Jen says:

    I have 3 boys. All have been circ’d. All have had local anesthesia and didn’t feel a thing. I know this because I was in the room watching the entire time. I am a Christian and believe in keeping the tradition. I also think that plays a big part in the added health benefits. My first son just watched the Dr and my second slept through the whole thing. It is not a big deal when it’s done this way. They won’t ever remember either. We were even lucky to have a Dr pray with us before one of them! That made it extra special for us.

  24. Brianny says:

    I’m guessing no one has noticed the hygiene of middle school children, or lack there of… Just because you made them take a shower does NOT mean they used soap… My ex-boyfriend ‘s younger brother wasn’t circumcised and he CONSTANTLY had UTI’s and some type of infection underneath the foreskin because he is a MIDDLE SCHOOL BOY and they don’t pay attention to cleanliness… When my sister started showering by herself we had to tell her to shower again because she didn’t use soap or wash her hair…

    Letting them get it done when they get older is a good idea, but you have to remember they are NOT going to remember the pain as a baby but as a teenager it’s going to be worse and they are going to remember it for the rest of their life. Plus babies heal faster. Also teenagers can have peer influence, teenage girls think a uncircumcised penis looks gross and like a “earthworm” so of course he is going to get it done the MOMENT he hears that, or see’s his buddy’s in the locker room…

    I am getting my baby circumcised, but that is my decision. Who cares what someone’s son’s peabug looks like… There is just so much to look at, it’s what you think is best. Me and my husband just think circumcision is best…

    • Brittany says:

      My husband and his two brothers (triplet) were preemies so they had to be left intact. Their single mother did the research and found no true grounds to put them through it when they were older. My husband says he couldn’t be more glad. He has sensitivity that circumcised men don’t. This is really a question to ask men and not mothers because we cannot know ourselves. The main problem about STD’s is not using safe sex. The research on higher rate of STDs is debatable at best and at the heart of it, safe sex is the answer. I do not believe in the choice being of the parents. Tradition isn’t an excuse for permanent things that can hamper his future sex life. Americans are in the only part of the world where women see foreskin as “icky” purely because we aren’t used to it. The rest of the world does fine, in pleasure and in lower STD rates. Doctors will recommend anything that can even slightly improve your health in one way, even if it means removing a huge nerve network of pleasure and protection of the head of the penis.

      And teaching your son to clean shouldn’t be so difficult. By the time the foreskin separates from the glans (around age 10) hygiene should be learned and practiced. It would only be one more step, of literally pulling back the skin and rinsing with water. The tissue is similar to inner labia and simpler to clean than a vagina.

    • shannon says:

      Not all middle school boys are DIRTY. My oldest is now 13 and he is not circumcised. He is on the football team the swim team and the baseball team, he has never had an infection and keeps his clean all the time. He was taught to at an early age and has never had a problem. He has never been picked on either for not being circumcised. He is very glad that we chose not to have it done.

      • Erin says:

        My son is 8 and very clean he showers by himself washes his hair and body and hasn’t had any problems with any uti’s fungal infections etc it depends on the child they must be taught hygiene at an early age and I think every kid tries the shower without soap thing but it should be stopped and they should be able to take a shower correctly by time they are teens.

  25. Amanda says:

    Wow… people seem to be in a rage about this circumcision debate!

    I don’t see it as ‘genital mutation’ for aesthetic purposes. I mean, sure- there are probably some parents who will have it done to their child just for him to look a certain way, but overall most parents who opt for this procedure are doing so for the health benefits of their son. It is a highly-practiced procedure that has shown beneficial results. As the blog suggests, the risk for many diseases and infections is lowered!

    Comparing circumcision to female genital mutilation is offensive. I’m not educated on that topic, but from what I remember, cultures which practice the removal of the clitoris & other such customs do so for punishment purposes; nothing for the health benefit of the women.

    However, if a female baby had an elongated labia or something that would cause similar risk factors including higher percentages for disease or infection, then I would absolutely opt for a similar procedure for her. I want my baby to be as safe as possible and if removal of a piece of skin at infancy is less traumatic and painful for them than it would be later in life, do it now, please!

    And yes, God made us the way we are… but if boys couldn’t live without their foreskin, obviously a majority of the male population would be nonexistent. Think of the foreskin as an extra, unneeded part of the body… like tonsils or an appendix. We were all born with them, but sometimes they need to be removed for health benefits… are you on appendicitis blogs with your pitchforks and torches crucifying those who have had an appendectomy?

    And to the people who suggest that it’s sadistic to ‘torture’ your child with this “barbaric ritual”, forcing them to cry out in pain, I ask you: is forcing them to sit through vaccines and regular shots any different? Your child will be in pain, will cry, and will make you feel like a bad parent for causing them any discomfort… but we still take them in for their boosters regularly now don’t we?

    • Brittany says:

      The health benefits are slight, and the harm is potentially great. The for skin isn’t quite like a tonsil or appendix, because there are benefits to having foreskin, including sensitivity of the penis and the many, many nerve endings within the foreskin itself. Now I’m not sure if you’ve been with an uncircumcised man, but I’ve noticed they’re much more sensitive and to their benefit. There are men that try to regrow their foreskin for the benefits, although they’ll never have true sensation of the original being removed.

      Simply put, I think any procedure that isn’t necessary (even appendix and tonsils aren’t removed until they’re a problem) should be left up to the person who has it. It’s not the end of the world, and it’s not like they can’t have a decently normal life without it. But it’s not without risk. The same reason we don’t routinely remove other “unnecessary” organs is because surgery can end badly.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Well said!!! My husband isn’t circumcised and I don’t think I would circumcise my son simply because I am very squeamish. Both my brothers are and I remember trying to change their dippers and feeling like I might hurt them because of the penis in the bandage. I feel teaching proper hygiene is all that is necessary. My husband keeps his very clean and he has never had any infections.

    • Ashley says:

      Hi there! I just wanted to say that I don’t agree with your appendectomy comparison… One will only have an appendix removed if it causes a problem… We don’t remove them and the tonsils at birth just because we think they are unnecessary. I do believe that by teaching proper hygiene and safe sex, one can mitigate most if not all of the risks associated with not circumcising, but there is no way to put it back later, or heal a child with a badly botched procedure. I feel that if you wouldn’t give your child a nose job at birth, you shouldn’t cut off a piece of his penis either. 🙂

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