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Circumcision Not Recommended

Being a good parent is more than caving in to peer pressure. Making carefully researched decisions makes you a good parent, and it will give you the facts you need to explain your decision to others. An important fact to consider is that most doctors do not have their sons circumcised.1 Please, continue searching for other reasons you might have for wanting circumcision.

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. Topp, S. (1978, January). Why not to circumcise your baby boy. Mothering, 6, 69-77.
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