Circumcision Not Recommended

Overall, leaving your son intact is a vastly better choice than circumcision for a number of important reasons. It means that he will keep his whole body, with his functional foreskin. He won’t suffer the excruciating pain and trauma of unnecessary surgery (anesthesia, if used at all, does not entirely eliminate pain during infant circumcision).1 He won’t have a scar on his penis. And, he won’t be subject to the largely unrecognized psychological problems associated with infant circumcision.

If there is no urgent medical or profound religious reason that requires his circumcision as an infant, then it is our opinion that you are ethically and morally obligated to wait until he can make such a life-altering decision for himself. It is his body—thus it must be his choice.2

If you have specific reasons for considering circumcision, go back one page and examine them thoroughly.

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. Anand KJS, for the International Evidence-Based Group for Neonatal Pain. Consensus statement for the prevention and management of pain in the newborn. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155:173-80.
  2. Consensus our our expert panel
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