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The Medical Basis for
Child Circumcision

Are there health benefits which should convince you to circumcise your child? Just ask the public health authorities. None of them recommends routine child circumcision. (For comparison, consider that public health institutions strongly advocate the routine vaccination of children.)

Many years ago, when it was thought important to prevent masturbation, American health authorities began to advocate child circumcision. There is no longer any national or international public health authority in the western world which advocates the routine circumcision of children, either male or female.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is the highest child health authority in the United States. On 1 March 1999 the AAP released its long-awaited recommendations on circumcision. The AAP News Release Video stated, "The AAP does not recommend the policy of routine newborn circumcision..."

InstitutionAdvocates Circumcision
American Medical AssociationNo
American Cancer SocietyNo
Center for Disease ControlNo
National Institute of HealthNo
American Academy of PediatricsNo
Pediatric Urologists AssociationNo
Amer. College of Obst. & Gyn.No
other countries
Canadian Pediatric SocietyNo
Canadian Medical AssociationNo
European Medical Societies (any)No

All of these public health authorities take seriously their responsibility to protect your child's health. None of them advise you to circumcise your child. Especially in America, there is still a class of doctors who profit from this surgery and strongly recommend that you subject your child to it. Their influence has given many American parents the impression that child circumcision is in the same category of recommended medical procedures as child vaccination. Parents have to look at the issue carefully to see this is not the case.

When your doctor tries to sell you surgery that is not recommended by ANY public health authority, you should be suspicious. Needless to say, this caution goes double for needless surgery on your children.

Next, the historical basis of circumcision in America.

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The Medical Basis for Routine Circumcision
A quest for official medical authorities of the western world that advocate child circumcision. The historical basis of the procedure.

Child Circumcision
Why was it once popular in the US? Why is it in such rapid decline today?

Protect Your Son
How a father discovered, too late, that circumcision is not a good thing.

Jews and Circumcision

The Role of Circumcision in the Islamic World
by Sami Aldeeb

Self-Test for Sexual Sensitivity
How much of your sexual sensitivity has been cut away?

Do Not Promote Circumcision for Cancer Prevention
says the American Cancer Society

Reduction Surgery
Quotes from the medical profession.

Sexual Mutilation
Quotes from internet resources.

Boy's Death Highlights New Dangers of Neonatal Circumcision
Infants experiencing circumcision are more subject to Hypovolemic Shock and Methicillin Resistant Staphyloccus Aureus (MRSA).

Horror Stories
Many live with problems resulting from involuntary circumcision.

The Circumcision Decision
Answers to your questions about infant circumcision.

Care of Intact Boys
Answers to your questions about your young son's personal care.

Listing of Publications and Organizations
Support for parents who want to protect their family from involuntary genital alteration.

Glossary of Related Terms

Non-surgical foreskin restoration.

External links:
Circumcision Decision Maker
Avoid a circumcision mistake! Learn more about this permanent decision.

Anatomy and Mechanics of Intercourse
The physical function of the foreskin.
by Geoffrey T. Falk