The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against infant genital cutting outside of immediate medical necessity. (Your pediatrician most likely belongs to the AAP)
Did you ever wonder why? Since I get a lot of flack from my opinions, I will present scientific evidence.
Some facts to chew on:
- Worldwide prevalence: Over 80% of the world's males are intact. Most circumcised males are Muslims. No national medical organization in the world recommends routine circumcision of male infants. (See Circumcision Policies in English-Speaking Countries.)
- Pain: According to a comprehensive study, newborn responses to pain are "similar to but greater than those observed in adult subjects." Circumcision is extremely painful and traumatic. Some infants do not cry because they go into traumatic shock from the overwhelming pain of the surgery. No experimental anesthetic has been found to be safe and effective in preventing circumcision pain in infants. (See Infant Responses to Circumcision.)
- Behavioral response: Various studies have found that short-term effects of circumcision include changed sleep patterns, activity level, and mother-infant interaction, more irritability, and disruptions in feeding and bonding. Long-term effects have not been studied. Changes in pain response have been demonstrated at six months of age. (See Infant Responses to Circumcision.)
- Circumcision risks: The rate of complications occurring in the hospital and during the first year has been documented as high as 38% and includes hemorrhage, infection, surgical injury, and in rare cases, death.
- Cleanliness: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that "there is little evidence to affirm the association between circumcision status and optimal penile hygiene." "The uncircumcised penis is easy to keep clean. . . . Caring for your son's uncircumcised penis requires no special action. . . . Foreskin retraction should never be forced."
- Sexually transmitted diseases: According to the AAP, "Evidence regarding the relationship of circumcision to sexually transmitted diseases in general is complex and conflicting. . . . Behavioral factors appear to be far more important risk factors." (See Explaining Claims of Medical Benefits.)
- Matching friends: The 2009 national circumcision rate is 32.5%, less than 25% in some states. Though past circumcision rates were higher, there is no documented emotional harm to intact boys. To the contrary, there are growing reports from men who have disliked being circumcised since they were boys, even though they were in the majority. (See Circumcision to Look Like Others.)
- Adult circumcision: The medical need for circumcision in adults is as low as 6 in 100,000. Adults, unlike infants, receive anesthetics. (See Men Circumcised as Adults.)
- Foreskin function and size: The foreskin protects the head of the penis, enhances sexual pleasure, and facilitates intercourse. Men circumcised as adults report a significant loss of sensitivity. Men who have restored their foreskin report much increased sensitivity and sexual pleasure. The foreskin on the average adult male is about 12 sq.in. of highly erogenous tissue. (See Functions of the Foreskin.)
- Jewish circumcision: A growing number of American Jews are not circumcising their sons. Circumcision among Jews in Europe, South America, and Israel also is not universal. (See Jewish Circumcision Resource Center)
- American origin: Routine infant circumcision started in the U.S. in the 1870s when it was promoted as a preventive cure for masturbation.
- Male attitude: Male satisfaction with circumcision depends on lack of knowledge about circumcision. The more men know, the more likely they are to be dissatisfied. They wish they had a choice. (See Why Most Circumcised Men Seem Satisfied, Psychological Impact of Circumcision on Men, and Discovering Circumcision Feelings.)
- Professional Protest: Some aware doctors and nurses refuse to perform or assist with circumcisions because of ethical considerations. (See Circumcision, Ethics, and Medicine
Fact: YOUR BABY IS PERFECT.
Fact: IF BABIES WERE MEANT TO HAVE A FORESKIN, THEY WOULD BE BORN WITH ONE.
Sexual effects: (by removing the foreskin, you are partially crippling a part of the body. It is a relevant part and has a purpose, it's not just a 'piece of skin')
1.The foreskin represents at least a third of the penile skin. It protects the glans from abrasion and contact with clothes. The foreskin also increases sexual pleasure by sliding up and down on the shaft, stimulating the glans by alternately covering and exposing it. This can occur during masturbation or intercourse. Friction is minimized, and supplementary lubrication is not needed. Without the foreskin, the glans skin, which is normally moist mucous membrane, becomes dry and thickens considerably in response to continued exposure. This change reduces its sensitivity. In addition, the loss of a secretion called smegma of the inner foreskin layer removes natural lubrication. Oral-genital sexual activity is more common in the United States than in many other societies. Could the lack of natural lubrication of the penis due to circumcision be a reason?
FACT: CIRCUMCISION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE DEATHS THAN CHOKING.
Q: What if he doesn't look like his father?
A: You child is his own person and he will never look exactly like his father, penis included. So why does it matter? Vanity.
Statement: Circumcision prevents HIV/AIDS.
Rebuttal: In the United States, we have a circumcision rate of about 50% (with an adult rate around 70%). Our HIV/AIDS rate is .033%. In Europe, the circumcision rate is 10% or less. Their HIV/AIDS rate is no higher than .012% and as low as .003% in some areas. Clearly, circumcision dos not aid in the prevention of HIV/AIDS contraction. Condoms, however, are proven to be very effective in preventing most sexually transmitted infections.
FACT: THERE ARE NO OTHER NON-MEDICALLY-NECESSARY CHILD AMPUTATIVE SURGERIES ALLOWED ON THE GROUNDS OF PARENTS RIGHT TO DECIDE.
Q: What if he gets an infection?
A: In the unlikely event that your intact child would get an infection, it can be cared for like any other infection of the body. Would you remove your child's kidney 'just in case' he were to get an infection?
Q: Isn't it cleaner?
A: No. It is the same to take care of a child's intact penis as the foreskin is still attached until your child is older.(sort of like a fingernail is attached to your finger) After the foreskin retracts, it is about 3 extra seconds in the shower to pull it back and wipe. Girls are, in fact, much harder to clean but female circumcision was made illegal in the 1990's.
Give your child the choice.
It is not a family decision because it is not a family penis.
Ask yourself. Are you willing to put your infant through a surgery that he does not need, that has no actual purpose?
Support your sons right to be circumcised, but also support his right NOT to be.
This can only happen if you leave it up to him.
Statement: I knew a man that was older when he got it done and it was horrible. I'd rather do it now.
Rebuttal: Why is circumcision horrible for a grown man making an informed choice and not for a helpless infant? There is no logic in that. Circumcision is more humanely performed on an adult male. They are put under general anesthesia and given pain medication after the procedure.
Statement: He won't remember it.
Rebuttal: Would it be okay to rape someone if you give him/her a roofie? He/She wouldn't remember it....
FACT: BABIES DIE FROM GOING INTO CARDIAC ARREST BECAUSE OF THE PAIN AND SHOCK OF CIRCUMCISION.
Put this video on mute to avoid the helpless cries of a chid being mutilated being burned into your brain.
If you can't watch, you should not have the right to do this to your baby. Period.
Some of the information in this article was found here:
(a must watch)
Just from writing this, I am sobbing and my breasts are leaking.
Do not ignore your maternal instinct.
Save your sons.