Should I Circumcise My Child?
As a new father, I’ve spent hours researching the pros and cons of everything that new parents take for granted.
The excess of conflicting information out there makes it difficult to draw a conclusion. Many of these decisions stay with the child for the rest of his or her life. Circumcision is one those decisions.
I was circumcised as a child as were most of the men I know (from what they tell me) and we all turned out alright, but after hearing about the San Francisco ballot initiative to prohibit circumcision and the judge who took it off the ballot, I realized that before I make a decision that lasts a lifetime, I owe it to my son to research more thoroughly. Why would someone actually want to prohibit it?
I did a little research and found these 23 reasons not to circumcise. Please read and let me know what you think. Should I circumcise my son?
- Newborn circumcision is not medically necessary and not recommended by any national medical organization in the world.
- Circumcision removes the most sensitive and erogenous parts of the penis (the foreskin, ridged band, and frenulum).
- Circumcision shortens the penis.
- Doctors are encouraged to persuade parents to circumcise because hospitals sell the foreskins to researchers and cosmetic corporations for a healthy profit.
- Newborn circumcision has immediate direct risks including botched circumcision, excessive & dangerous bleeding, damage to or loss of the glans, and damage to or loss of the entire penis.
- Newborn circumcision has indirect risks including infection, urinary blockage, meatal stenosis, adhesions, and even death.
- Newborn circumcision has delayed risks including tight circumcision causing painful erections, hidden penis, curved penis, hairy shaft, and sexual dysfunction.
- Newborn circumcision is extremely painful both during and after the procedure.
- The pain and trauma of newborn circumcision interrupts breastfeeding and can even cause the start of breastfeeding to fail.
- The post-operative pain of newborn circumcision can make a baby very fussy for at least a week at a time when the baby and parents already have a high level of stress.
- Newborn circumcision disrupts the normal mother-infant bonding process and hurts the baby’s ability to develop trust.
- Newborn circumcision extends the hospital stay for both mother and child.
- Caring for the circumcision wound is an extra burden on new parents who are already too busy taking care of a newborn without having to change bandages and check for bleeding and infection.
- Newborn circumcision places a fresh wound in a dirty diaper; urine and feces come in contact with the circumcision wound increasing the risk of infection.
- The pain and trauma of the circumcision procedure can cause lasting psychological damage & emotional distress including a sense of violation, helplessness, regret, anger, & PTSD.
- The pain and trauma of the circumcision procedure can create unhealthy associations between pain and sex.
- Newborn circumcision is sexually damaging because it removes healthy tissue with sensory, protective, and sexual functions.
- For women, sex with a circumcised penis lacks the lubricating gliding action that the foreskin provides. This can cause vaginal dryness, lack of orgasm through intercourse, and vaginal pain (these conditions are often misdiagnosed as being problems with *her* sexual response).
- Because circumcision decreases sensation for men, circumcised men may be less willing to use a condom.
- Because a circumcised penis lacks the lubricating gliding action that the foreskin provides, circumcision creates or increases the need for artificial lubrication for intercourse and masturbation.
- Living without a foreskin can be uncomfortable because the glans is exposed to cold and rubs against clothing.
- Over time, a glans exposed by circumcision can become thickened and keratinized, further decreasing sexual sensation (this is particularly problematic in older men and can lead to ED).
- Removing healthy tissue without absolute medical necessity from a person who cannot give consent is unethical.