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20 responses

  1. ER nurse
    June 15, 2016

    Excellent points! As an ER nurse, I have seen countless complications, including babies almost bleeding to death after circumcision, but also later complications that are MUCH more common- such as meatal stenosis- which causes painful urination and deceased urinary flow. (Because the urethral opening is supposed to be kept moist and soft, protected by the foreskin, NOT calloused and dry by exposure to clothing/diapers. One mom described the surgery for her sons meatal stenosis as “debilitating pain”. I rarely see problems in intact boys that are cared for properly. Thank you for warning parents about forced retraction- it definitely is a common problem in the USA where healthcare workers are NOT taught proper intact care. Again, leave it alone as it is self cleaning in babies and young boys- with older boys and men, only a quick rinse with warm water a few times a week is needed- that’s it! (No soap as it causes inflammation and irritation). Blessings to the ministry of Little Images!


    • Richard Russell
      June 16, 2016

      Thank you, ER nurse, for speaking up. We need many more like you to pull the veil back on circumcision complications. I had a horribly botched one as a neonate and suffered with pain most of my life. No one takes you seriously because US doctors have persuaded the public that nothing ever goes wrong with any circumcision. In fact, there are estimated to be from 100 to 200 deaths a year from boy circumcisions. An exact number can’t be known because US medicine keeps the lid on it . . . in the name of “protecting” grieving parents . . . not mention of ever beginning to protect baby boys from being exposed to the risk.


  2. Meghan Murray Viveiros
    June 16, 2016

    Great summary


  3. Ramona Shafer
    June 17, 2016

    Yeah….so…..no circumcisions for us!


  4. Katie Williams
    June 18, 2016

    circ is brutal!


  5. Johannes Archer
    June 18, 2016

    let the children grow up and decide for themselves at 21.


  6. Lauren Acosta
    July 16, 2016

    if I have a son, I will gladly drive him to his circumcision appointment…..if that’s what he decides he wants when he’s 18


    • Jason
      January 17, 2017

      I read about a man who had a circ done at 18 from peer pressure and only realised when it was too late that the pleasure sensations he knew came from his foreskin, not his glans. He said it was the biggest mistake he’d ever made and that teenagers do stupid impulsive things. Scientists say the adult brain isn’t fully formed till 26. I heard that from a Professor or neuroscience in a lecture years ago. I’ve heard a lot of very similar claims very recently.


  7. roger desmoulins
    October 29, 2016

    Joseph, I like the way you reason, especially the way you take readers through the important recent Danish findings about the rarity of therapeutic circumcision done in good faith.
    The go-to profession for serious complications of RIC, is pediatric urology. This branch of American medicine has been strangely silent ever since RIC became fashionable among the urban middle class, early last century. Even stranger is how this silence persisted as RIC became the norm for all but Latinos, Native Americans born on reservations, and children of post WWII immigrants. Pediatric urologists know the truth about long term RIC complications and about the frequency of urological problems in intact boys; why won’t they reveal that truth??


  8. Steinn Andersen
    October 31, 2016

    “Only about 1/4 of these, or 0.4%, require circumcision.”

    Actually, the number is even lower, 0,38 %.

    In Norway it might be even lower still, as I’ve never heard of a boy ever needing it.

    Good article though! 🙂


  9. Ck
    April 26, 2017

    just going to drop this here incase you forgot who Abramham is

    Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring. 13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”


    • Joe
      May 24, 2017

      Hi CK,

      We’re well aware of who Abraham is. We’re also aware of who Christ is, and why his death on the cross fulfilled the Abrahamic blood covenant of circumcision. We’re also aware of the Council of Jerusalem, which officially removed circumcision as a Christian practice, and we’re aware of how doctors in America revived the practice in the late 1800’s in order to “cure” a host of medical ailments such as bed wetting. Thanks for checking, though!


    • MA
      September 5, 2017

      Quit cherry picking the Bible, the circomcision requirement was reversed in the New Testament.


    • AmayaSasaki
      May 21, 2019

      Also, the circumcision for the Abrahamic covenant was vastly different than what is practiced today. That circumcision only took a small amount of skin extending past the glans, leaving the rest of the foreskin intact. That still doesn’t necessitate any form of it for Christians as Joe noted. The council of Jerusalem determined that circumcision was not necessary to follow Christ, as the Apostle Paul also notes in his letter to the Galatians. The revival of circumcision in the US was due to Dr. John H. Kellog deciding that if his cereal (corn flakes) wasn’t enough to deter young men from masturbation, surely circumcision would.


  10. Whitney Helen Goetsch
    January 16, 2018

    Thanks for sharing


  11. Per Lindstrand
    August 7, 2018

    A voice from Sweden: It is not offered here, noone is asking for it and foreskin problems are virtually unheard of at all ages. I am over 60 and have never heard of a man needing circumcision for a medical reason. Cutting foreskins from Babies seem like an American social disease and it is great that more end more Americans parents are questioning the practise.


  12. Emily
    January 27, 2019

    Your website was the final factor in my convincing my hubby to leave our son intact. I had been so stressed out about it that I was terrified of giving birth. I wanted him safe in my belly where he could be protected!
    Hubby stated that he “loves me more than his own life” so he let me have this one. Whatever the reason, I’m grateful! Thank you for the work you do, it has made a huge difference in our family!


    • Joe
      January 28, 2019

      That’s SO AWESOME! Thanks for sharing! <3


  13. Jason
    July 24, 2019

    I have spoken to men circumcised that cringe at anybody even discussing it. Surely the word and what it is has to be discussed. Men are resistant and we know often times reactive in a violent way if anyone speaks of it as anything other than a great procedure. In the US the cultural bias and non sense I n its favor is just a pathetic lie.


  14. Jay Davis
    August 23, 2019

    The problem: Silence is circumcision’s best friend and out right censorship. I donated American Circumcision video to our Spartanburg library and guess what, it never showed up as a video. The rates of cutting in upstate SC are unimaginably high. Its just automatic. Boys don’t even know it was done to them. It has been difficult to get any man to speak about it. The reason may be they have no idea what so ever of what it is


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