An article by Paul M. Fleiss, M.D., and Frederick M. Hodges about the male foreskin. The two provide a detailed description of the foreskin and how it functions with the rest of the penis.
The article discusses what is the foreskin, how big is the foreskin, what does the ridged band do, why is the foreskin attached and not retractable for young children, and what are the specialized nerver receptors in the foreskin. With the circumcising culture in the United States, very little is known about the foreskin, how it works, and why it is there. Dr. Fleiss and Fred Hodges answer many of the questions people have about the foreskin.
Article from the LA Times published March 31, 2008. The news article reports various facts:
Penile cancer affects only 1 in 100,000 men
In the first year of life, 1 in 100 uncircumcised boys will develop a urinary tract infection. Only 1 in 1,000 circumcised boys will. "While that's a tenfold reduction, you have to keep in mind that the risk was only 1% to begin with," says Dr. Andrew Freedman, pediatric urologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Proper hygiene can prevent most infections.
In 1965, 85% of boys born in the United States were circumcised
as of 2005, 56% of newborn boys were circumcised, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
75% of boys born in the Midwest were circumcised, 65% in the Northeast, 56% in the South and only 31% in the West
Worldwide, only 25% of males are circumcised, and that is mostly for religious or cultural reasons.
Article published in Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1 / Spring 2010. doi 10.3149/thy.0401.78.
Author Dan Bollinger presents a study regarding circumcision deaths. Baby boys can and do succumb as a result of having their foreskin removed by circumcision. Circumcision-related mortality rates are not known with certainty; this study estimates the scale of this problem. This study finds that approximately 117 neonatal circumcision-related deaths (9.01/100,000) occur annually in the United States, about 1.3% of male neonatal deaths from all causes. Because infant circumcision is elective, all of these circumcision deaths are avoidable. This study also identifies reasons why accurate data on these deaths are not available, some of the obstacles to preventing these deaths, and some solutions to overcome them.
A news video about infant circumcision in the Untied States. The reporter documents that the infants feel pain during circumcision because doctors do not like to use general anesthesia and, instead, use a topical pain relief, which has been proven to be ineffective. The reporter concludes that infant circumcision is unnecessary because there is no medical reason to perform routine infant circumcision.
Dr. Christine Northrup writes about how male infant circumcision is a risky, painful, and unnecessary procedure.Dr. Northrup points out that the male foreskin is richly innervated and hyperelastic and is there for a reason. The book Sex as Nature Intended It is referenced as a guide to explain why the foreskin is there and how it provides sexual pleasure for both men and women.
The July/August 1989 issue of The Truth Seeker, a Freethinker's Publication, deals entirely with genital mutilation. The publication provides very good articles and information on the harms of circumcision, both for infant boys and prepubescent girls.
The link is to a pdf file of the 68 page publication.
Article published in Humane Health Care International, Volume 12, Number 2: Pages 78-80, April 1996. Circumcision is the act of one person removing a part of the penis of another person.
Infant circumcision violates the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Many pro-circ advocates say it is necessary to circumcise infants because adults will not want it done).
Infant circumcision violates a major tenet of medical practice: First do no harm.
Restoring Tally is just an ordinary guy who had to confront his prostate and circumcision problems. This site chronicles his journey in dealing with these issues. He has had prostate surgery and he is restoring his foreskin.