After a recent discussion in a birth class I decided to gather some resources on this topic. Circumcision discussions tend to elicit a lot of strong feelings. When I was pregnant with my first son my husband and I thought that since he was circumcised, our son should be too. I regret not doing more research because when it was all said and done I think I would have felt better knowing my decision was based on evidence supporting the practice, not purely on aesthetics. Following is the current statement on infant circumcision:
“After a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence, the American Academy of Pediatrics found the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks, but the benefits are not great enough to recommend universal newborn circumcision. The AAP policy statement published Monday, August 27, says the final decision should still be left to parents to make in the context of their religious, ethical and cultural beliefs (AAP 2012).”
After researching I found arguments for and against but we decided not to circumcise our second son. I felt that with the proper care, good hygiene and health that he would likely be ok with all of the skin he was born with. We also hope that when the time comes we will be able to educate all of our children about sexual health. I like the respectful wording of the AAP statement, and I feel that we made the decision that was right for our family. I hope the following information will be useful in helping you make the right decision for your family.
From drmomma.org this isn’t a research based article but she compiles a good lists of pro’s and con’s based on the research, but be forewarned, there are some references to sexual practices that once heard, can never be unheard!
Science Based Medicine also takes a look at the current research.
Psychology Today also did a seven part series on circumcision, it is definitely pro-foreskin but it asks some good questions and presents an alternative viewpoint.
Slate provides a good counterpoint to Psychology Today and is definitely pro-circumcision.