Sunday, March 31, 2013

Circumcision & Foreskin: Did You Know?

Circumcision: Did you know?
  • No medical organization in the world, not even the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recommends infant male circumcision.
  • At least 117 baby boys die from circumcision each year in the United States. (Death can occur from only 2.3 ounces of blood loss.)
  • You can watch a video of circumcision being performed on YouTube.  This will allow you to see the actual procedure first.
  • It's easier to care for a baby's intact penis than a circumcised one.  Don't retract the foreskin, just wipe the outside only -- like cleaning a finger.
  • Infant Circumcision removes a male's right to decide for himself whether no he wants to be circumcised.
  • Circumcision is medically unnecessary, risky, and extremely painful (even with anesthetic).
The Foreskin: Did You Know?
  • The majority of men in the world have a foreskin, and the rate of circumcision in the United States continues to fall each year  :-)
  • The male foreskin has more concentrated, specialized nerve endings than anywhere else in the human body. 
  • The foreskin needs no special care or cleaning.  Up until puberty (or later) the foreskin is fused to the penis and doesn't not need to be retracted to be cleaned.
  • The foreskin has important roles in sexual function and is the most sensitive part of the penis.
  • The card (graphic) above is equivalent in size to the amount of tissue missing from an adult's penis after circumcision. It represents 1/3 to 1/2 of the skin covering the normal penis (about 15 square inches or about the size of an index card).  That's a whole lot of sensitive skin to be senselessly cutting off.

March 26th -April 1st, 2013 is Genital Integrity Awareness Week.
Please consider sharing the information above with those who may not know.

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