I feel that this is a totally personal choice—but for those of you who have chosen to abstain from circumcising your son:
ncreasing numbers of American parents today are protecting their sons from routine circumcision at birth, but as their boys grow up, they often find themselves at odds with doctors who cling to old-fashioned opinions and hospital routines.
I often receive calls from distraught parents who say that a doctor insists that their little boy needs to be circumcised because there is something wrong. When they bring their son into my office, I almost always find that there’s nothing wrong with the child’s penis. Occasionally there’s a slight infection, but that can be quickly cleared up with an antibiotic cream. In all my years of practice, I’ve never had a patient who had to be circumcised for medical reasons.
When a doctor advises that your son be circumcised, it’s usually because he or she is unfamiliar with the intact penis, misinformed about the true indications for surgical amputation of the foreskin, unaware of the functions of the foreskin, and uncomfortable with the movement away from routine circumcision.