Paper published in the American Journal of Perinatology, 01 February 2011, Vol. 28, Issue 2, pp. 125-28 (2011). doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1263294. The author, Dr. James F. Smith, is chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) at the Creighton University School of Medicine, a maternal/fetal medicine specialist with Creighton Medical Associates, and a professor of OB/GYN with Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Smith calls on obstetricians and gynecologists to stop performing male circumcisions because the male genital surgery is outside the area of expertise of obstetricians and gynecologists.
Popular in the United States, it [male infant circumcision] has persisted in the scope of practice of obstetrics and gynecology, a field specializing in the opposite gender. To excel in women's reproductive health, we should no longer passively accept or actively maintain this procedure in our specialty. Steps are suggested to remove the residual and improper inclusion of circumcision from the scope of practice of obstetrics and gynecology.
Study in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Volume 203, Issue1, pp. 58-65, (2011). doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiq015. The authors examined the baseline prevalence of penile, scrotal, and perineal/perianal human papillomavirus (HPV) in heterosexual men (HM).
Results. Having >3 lifetime female sexual partners had the greatest impact on HPV prevalence. . . . Neither condom usage nor circumcision was associated with HPV DNA prevalence.
Conclusion. Genital-HPV DNA detection is common in young, sexually active HM. We found HPV to be most prevalent in African men and least prevalent in men from the Asia-Pacific region. Increased numbers of sexual partners was an important risk factor for HPV DNA prevalence.
Study published in International Journal of Epidemiology, April 2011. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyr104
Background One-third of the world’s men are circumcised, but little is known about possible sexual consequences of male circumcision. In Denmark (∼5% circumcised), we examined associations of male circumcision with a range of sexual measures in both sexes.
Results . . . circumcised men reported more partners and were more likely to report frequent orgasm difficulties after adjustment for potential confounding factors, and women with circumcised spouses more often reported incomplete sexual needs fulfilment and frequent sexual function difficulties overall, notably orgasm difficulties and dyspareunia.
Conclusions Circumcision was associated with frequent orgasm difficulties in Danish men and with a range of frequent sexual difficulties in women, notably orgasm difficulties, dyspareunia and a sense of incomplete sexual needs fulfilment.
Article in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Volume 39, Issue 5 , Pages 479-482, November 2010. The authors discuss the "external validity" of the three African randomized control trials that examined circumcision as a preventive measure for HIV infection. The nutshell version of this discussion is that clinical conditions that show promise do not necessarily translate into a real world net benefit.
Paper published in Journal of Public Health in Africa, Vol 2, No 1 (2011); 2:e4. doi:10.4081/jphia.2011.e4
The article was authored by Dr. Robert S. Van Howe, a pediatrician who has studied the harmful effects of infant circumcision. In this paper, Dr. Van Howe examines the oft-cited randomized clinical trials (RCTs) performed in Africa.
Based on the evidence collected in the RCTs and presented in the numerous studies based on the RCTs, Dr. Van Howe determined that the published results are overstated and unsupported by the evidence. He concludes that the "circumcision solution is a wasteful distraction that takes resources away from more effective, less expensive, less invasive alternatives. By diverting attention away from more effective interventions, circumcision programs will likely increase the number of HIV infections."
An excerpt from the documentary, Birth As We Know It. The narrator describes the three functions of the foreskin: 1) to protect the internal mucosal tissue of the inner foreskin and the glans, 2) to provide sensory pleasure because the foreskin is erogenous tissue, and 3) to provide the gliding action during sex, which aids both the man and woman during intercourse. The video clip also shows a circumcision being performed on an infant boy.
A study in the Journal of the Israel Medical Association found that a significant percentage of boys had a UTI shortly after their Bris.
Isr Med Assoc J. 2010 May;12(5):262-5 by Toker O, Schwartz S, Segal G, Godovitch N, Schlesinger Y, Raveh D. Department of Pediatrics, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, affiliated with Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel.
BACKGROUND: Ritual circumcision in neonates may cause a urinary tract infection within 2 weeks of the procedure.
The Journal of Family Practice, September 2001 · Vol. 50, No. 9
OBJECTIVE: Our objectives were to determine if a 50% dextrose solution would reduce the percentage of circumcision procedure time a neonate spent crying by 50%, compared with water, and whether it would be similar to a dorsal penile nerve block (DPNB).
STUDY DESIGN: This was a randomized placebo-controlled blinded clinical trial.
POPULATION: We included 71 patients who were recruited from the inpatient nursery of a military community hospital over a 5-month period.
Men circumcised as children (and therefore without their consent) often complain about their condition. Non-therapeutic genital cutting has significant physical and psychological consequences and has no proven benefits. Unfortunately, in today's culture, men who complain are consistently treated as having something wrong with them rather than being treated as having had something wrong done to them.
This is an article by Rabbit White describing foreskin restoration. This is a very good article introducing foreskin restoration to those who have no idea of the effects of their male infant circumcision or that they can undo their circumcision. The article notes, "The restoration movement is also an Internet phenomenon that speaks to a diverse community."
Ron Low, of TLC Tugger fame, is featured, along with Wayne Griffiths of NORM. Ron describes how his wife reacted when he first broached the idea of restoring his foreskin. She has since become a staunch believer in foreskin restoration.
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.