Circumcision Resources

Supporting families to make healthy, safe choices based on scientific evidence.


Supporting families to make healthy, safe choices based on scientific evidence.

What are the benefits of circumcision? What are the risks and complications of circumcision? What can go wrong with circumcision?

Do you need to circumcise your baby? Can circumcision be gentle and painless? Does it hurt to get circumcised?

What does the AAP say about circumcision? What does the CPS say about circumcision?

Is it ethical to circumcise a baby? Is it against human rights to circumcise a baby?

Does circumcision prevent HIV? Does circumcision prevent infections? What are the myths around circumcision?

What happens when a baby bleeds after circumcision? What happens if the circumcision site becomes infected? Can a baby die from circumcision?

6 comments on “Home

  1. Keith Rutter
    May 12, 2013

    Because of the ghouls who continue to cut boys foreskins off, we need a judiciary who will punish the cutters.

  2. Neat blog, very nice start!

  3. Owino Qane
    May 26, 2013

    Ilike this blog.

  4. Vance Austin Neely
    January 23, 2014

    Non-consensual genital cutting of male, female and intersex infants violates Medical ethics (Do No Harm), and Human Rights under the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 5) and the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 13).

    It is medically unethical to cut a healthy body part off a non consenting individual, Doctors have known this since the 1950’s but some continue to ignore it.

    Genital cutting is risky, painful and unnecessary, and there are modern alternatives to circumcision in most cases but a lot of Doctors are oblivious to them.

    Religious freedom ends where someone else’s body begins, the law banning Female Genital Mutilation proves this.

  5. Vance Austin Neely
    February 11, 2014

    My Passion: Intactivism

    My name is Vance Neely. I am a survivor of neonatal male genital mutilation, and I am an Intactivist. Intactivists are people with the collective goal of ending forced genital cutting of boys, girls, and intersex minors. Becoming an Intactivist is good theraphy to help a victim recover from his hurt, move on with life, and help others with the same problem. This also includes many young mothers who have kept a son intact and are challenged constantly by family members and doctors who tell them they should have their sons circumcised. Their struggle is helped by hearing from men who are so unhappy with being circumcised. They in turn provide mutual support to such men by telling why they kept a son intact. Information, technical data, and professional journal citations are exchanged between all activists of whatever persuasion. I was reminded at a very early age that my penis is not my own. Intactivism is the centermost principle of my life because I want to protect children from the bodily harm that routine genital cutting has bestowed upon me.
    There was no purpose to cut my foreskin off as a neonate. My circumcision procedure was botched and has given me a complication known as penile and scrotal raphe split where the bottom of the scrotum to the upper portion of the shaft is ripped apart, damaging many more nerve endings than a typical foreskin removal, which removes crudely 20,000+ sexually specific nerve endings (Sorrells , Snyder, Reiss, Eden, Milos, Wilcox, and Van Howe).
    The foreskin occupies a protuberant position on an essential organ. The foreskin’s position and structure indicate that it is the most important sensory tissue of the penis. Its perseverance over millions of years proposes that it has played a role in the propagation of the species (Denniston). Electrical stimulation of the glans elicits nerve impulses that pass to the spinal cord and then to the muscle of ejaculation. Where the foreskin and glans part syndicate, functionally as well as physically, is in their kindliness to light touch, pain and heat and cold. Contrary to argumentum ad populum, the glans is not highly sensitive to a broad range of stimuli (Morgan).
    I first noticed my raphe gradually ripping apart when I was only four years old. I then speculated if that was natural or if it had something to do with the scar around my penis. One day it completely frayed open from just sitting down in the bath tub and blood spurted ubiquitously. It was excruciatingly painful, but I did not yell for help and reserved my voice in order to hide it from my parents. This raphe split was caused by a serrated disruption from the base of the botched circumcision scar line, having been vexed by the systematic daily wear of undergarments. The split has grown back with scar tissue that causes deadness/discomfort when touched, which I have lived and will live with for the rest of my lifetime. I have integrally known throughout my life that little boys are not given the same human rights as little girls regarding American medical practices. What is done is done: A sensory organ is missing from me and many other men, women, and intersex individuals.
    There is a chauvinist myth where male genital cutting is seen as not as harmful as female genital cutting.
    In female human anatomy, the clitoral hood (also called preputium clitoridis and clitoral prepuce) is a fold of skin that surrounds and protects the glans of the clitoris; it also covers the external shaft of the clitoris, develops as part of the labia minora, and is homologous with the foreskin in male genitals (Sloane).
    Type I, removal of the clitoral hood, is one of the most communal forms of female genital cutting. Female genital cutting is typically carried out on girls from a few days old to adolescence (Geneva: World Health Organization). It might take place in a hospital, but is usually executed, without anesthesia, by a traditional circumciser using a knife, razor, or scissors.
    Judaism does not require male genital cutting to be accepted into their religious factions; however, this does not stop individuals from calling out their god in the reasoning of proceeding with the procedure. The only requirement to be considered a Jewish man or woman is that one’s mother must be Jewish. Jews who genitally mutilate their newborn boys as a physical sign of God’s covenant with the Jewish do not grasp the full context of Judaism.
    The covenant is a fallacy that punishes the child for the parent’s action imposed on the child. There is currently a growing community of Jewish American citizens who strongly oppose infant genital cutting and reject it as a practice of Judaism. These Jews offer a ‘Brit Shalom’ naming ceremony where genital cutting is not required in place of the ‘Brit Milah’ where a male genital cutting ceremony is performed on an eight-day-old male by a mohel (Moss).
    There is no room for deliberation or conjecture for Christianity. The circumcision that Abraham and his progenies practiced in the Old Testament was something entirely different from current circumcision. It involved cutting the tip of the foreskin, not eliminating it. God never predestined that the foreskin or any other part of the human body should be forcibly amputated. Christians are prohibited from practicing male genital cutting by the New Testament.
    Conceding Muslims signify the leading single group of circumcised men in the world, yet not all Muslim men are circumcised. Ethnic Chams substitute non-violent rites, and converts to Islam are not required to undergo circumcision. Muslim Intactivists are also increasingly speaking out against the harmful effects of Islamic ritual circumcision, helping to offer support to Muslim parents who choose not to circumcise their sons.
    All forms of genital cutting — female genital cutting — intersex genital cutting, male genital cutting, and cosmetic forms of female genital cutting — are performed in a primeval belief that they will improve the subject’s life. “Genital autonomy is a unified principle that children should be protected from genital cutting not medically necessary” (Svoboda). Safeguarding genital autonomy incorporates helping societies and individuals to explore wounds joint across different forms of genital cutting concerning gender, power, the quest for ethnic belonging, and social and sexual control. A desire to thwart unconventional sexualities helps clarify the roots of male genital cutting’s medicalization starting in the nineteenth century as well as the roots of the abortive attempt to correspondingly medicalize female genital cutting. Medical ethics, law, and human rights suggest a pathway onward toward genital autonomy.
    I started becoming an outspoken Intactivist during the latter half of year 2012. I have incorporated my time and effort at The Whole Network, a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to providing accurate information about circumcision and proper intact care (The Whole Network). Another group I promote, but am not a part of, is a private non-profit organization based in San Diego, California, named
    The purpose of the is to pass a bill that will protect males from being circumcised against their will. Men would be free to undergo circumcisions for any intention after they reach the age of consent, which is approximately eighteen years old in America. In the United States today, all forms of child female circumcision are prohibited under Title 18 of U.S. Code. Males, however, are not included in that code; although they should be afforded equal protection and genital autonomy (U.S. MGM Bill).
    There are only fractional therapies available at present to assist those who wish to regain the skin, the erogenous perception, and the normal and natural somatic appearance lost to circumcision. First, non-surgical techniques such as skin stretching have been of some assistance to those wishing to reverse their circumcision and provide the best form of therapy currently offered. By this means, the skin of the penile shaft is gradually stretched over time (usually over a ten-hour period repeated daily for at least two to three years) to create more skin on the penile shaft, so as to cover the glans once more.
    The foreskin, gliding action, natural glans coloration, length and circumference are all partially/fully restored according to the time and effort willing to go through with the daily regimen. The frenar band, Meissner’s corpuscles, or other specialized sensory nerve cells, frenulum, dartos fascia, immunological system, lymphatic vessels, estrogen receptors, apocrine glands, sebaceous glands, Langerhans cells, blood vessels, and dorsal nerves are all lost and cannot be restored using current tugging methods (Sorrells , Snyder, Reiss, Eden, Milos, Wilcox, and Van Howe).
    Secondly, latex medical devices that mimic the presence of a foreskin are available commercially. These products, which are physically attached by the patient to a circumcised penis, give the impression and imitate some of the functions of a foreskin in the flaccid state (namely, protecting the glans from abrasion and desensitization). Their shortcoming, unfortunately, is that they do not in fact bring back in any way the foreskin to the penis, which remains in its circumcised state. They are useful, however, for men who cannot undertake skin stretching techniques.
    Another option is skin grafting, either from the patient himself or from a third party source. However, this has been established to be undesirable and has produced insufficient results. The skin grafted on to emulate the foreskin does not have the exceptional properties or constancy of the foreskin. The skin grafted is thicker, coarser and does not have the appearance or function that the regular foreskin does, in particular that of the lined mucosa of the inner foreskin. Additionally, skin grafting endures the jeopardy of immune rejection and even more noteworthy scarring than circumcision produces. Skin grafting does not reestablish the sense capacity lost in circumcision because it does not convey back the complex nerve tissue of the foreskin but merely provides normal skin to emulate what once was there. None of these remedies in fact restores the unique tissue of the foreskin removed in circumcision, which is what makes them so limited in their constraint. None recreates the appearance and function of natural human foreskin.
    Every morning when I wake up, the first thing that comes to mind is, ‘How can I positively influence new parents to leave their baby boy whole today?’ False opinions can be a public axiom if everybody is brainwashed; therefore, the truth of genital cutting may hurt yourself, but ignorance hurts others. Why is it that circumcision is the only medicalized crime against humanity where those victims who are brave enough to speak out are shamed more than the ones who victimized them? Laughter helps ease our uneasiness in these situations, but should our uneasiness on this situation be alleviated? Genital mutilation is no joke.

    Works Cited
    Denniston, G.. N.p.. Web. 30 Jan 2014. .
    “Female Genital Mutilation : A Joint WHO/UNICEF/UNFPA Statement.” (Book, 1997) []. Geneva: World Health Organization, 1997. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. .
    Morgan, William C., MD. “The Rape of the Phallus.” Morgan: Rape of the Phallus. The Circumcision Reference Library, 4 Oct. 2005. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. .
    Moss, Lisa Braver. “The Jewish Roots of Anti-Circumcision Arguments.” Template. National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Center, 3 May 1991. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. .
    Sloane, Ethel. “Biology of Women.” Google Books. Cengage Learning, 2002. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. .
    Sorrells , M., J. Snyder, M. Reiss, C. Eden, M. Milos, N. Wilcox, and R. Van Howe . n. page. .
    Svoboda, J. S. “Promoting Genital Autonomy by Exploring Commonalities between Male, Female, Intersex, and Cosmetic Female Genital Cutting.” Taylor and Francis. N.p., 12 July 2013. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. .
    “The Whole Network: Accurate Circumcision & Foreskin Information – The WHOLE Network – Accurate Circumcision & Foreskin Information.” The WHOLE Network: Accurate Circumcision & Foreskin Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. .
    “U.S. MGM Bill.” U.S. MGM Bill. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. .

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