Circumcision Not Recommended

The “he’ll be teased in the locker room” reason is no longer valid for circumcision. For one thing, showering is no longer required in many physical-education programs. For another, about half of boys are now remaining intact (not circumcised). Plus one-third of circumcised boys don’t even know if they are circumcised or not.1 Thus they obviously won’t be doing any teasing. A recent study found that only 10% of young men recall being teased about their penis in the locker room, 4 out of 5 were teased about their penis’s size, and circumcised and intact boys were equally likely to be teased.2 Since boys will tease boys, it will be the circumcised minority who might be teased instead. What we suggest is to teach your child to accept people’s individual differences.

This information has been reviewed by our panel of experts and other trusted advisors, however, it is not a substitute for professional medical, legal, or spiritual advice.

  1. Wynder EL, Licklider, SD. The question of circumcision. Cancer. 1960;13(3):442-5.
  2. Alexander SE, Storm DW, Cooper CS. Teasing in school locker rooms regarding penile appearance. The Journal of Urology. 2015;193(3):983–988.
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