Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Intact Penis

Since discovering I was pregnant with a baby boy & taking on the task of researching circumcision, I have talked to many circumcised men who have dealt with painful erections because "too much" foreskin was removed.  That is one of many problems with circumcision-- there is no way to tell how large a baby's penis will grow in adulthood, so removing too much foreskin is common.  Removing ANY foreskin at all is a problem.  The following photo illustrates how necessary the foreskin is to have a normal erection:


  1. It's amazing how many men (and women) in the U.S. think that having little to no moveable skin on the penis, or hair bearing skin pulled up onto the penis is normal and don't recognize that those are actually complications of circumcision.

  2. I could't agree more Melissa. A ton of people I know will say things like, "Every boy in my family had it done and they are all fine!" or "I did it to my son and my husband is done and they are fine!" Yep, they sure are "fine" with a sex organ that isn't whole and doesn't work as it should, that sounds just "fine" to me. People are ignorant and it disgusts me when they sign up their babies to have unnecessary surgery on their tiny genitals.

  3. There has never been a study of a random sample of several thousand adult American men, to determine what the consequences of infant circumcision are for the adult penis. We have no good idea if American circumcision makes PE and/or ED more common or start at a younger age. No one has studied the opinions of American women who've been involved with both kinds of men.

    The upshot is that we do not know the adult complications of infant circumcision. For this reason alone, it is unethical to circumcise. For this reason alone, the AAP does not know what it is talking about. For this reason alone, American profs of clinical medicine who teach med students to circumcise are guilty of a grave dereliction of professional duty. So are American pediatric urologists who won't reveal that 25% or more of their case load consists of repairing damage from RIC.