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Circumcision Not Recommended

While you are the one who might feel guilt or shame, it is your son’s body that will be permanently altered. Many men express anger and resentment about having been circumcised as infants, especially when they see men (and women) who have normal genitals.1 Compare the feelings you might have now with the feelings your child may have when he is an adult. You may want to investigate where your guilt really comes from, perhaps with a therapist to guide you.

Our expert panel's consensus, after an extensive review of the literature, is that the only possible justification for circumcision is to treat boys or men with penile diseases or disorders—never as a preventive measure. The foreskin is a vital, functional part of the male genital anatomy. It is not a birth defect. Therefore, if there is not an absolutely urgent reason for removing it, it should remain intact—for ethical, psychological, and sexual reasons. The boy himself, when he is old enough, is the only person who should make any decision affecting the looks and function of his penis.

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. Say NO to Circumcision!, by Thomas Ritter and George Denniston
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