Introduction

America is currently the only country that practices mass “routine” neonatal circumcisionover a million boys get circumcised every year. While the consensus in the rest of the industrialized that neonatal circumcision is medically useless, with no scientific evidence of compelling health benefits, but more importantly that the procedure has long-term adverse consequences, has led to its decline since the 1950’s.

And although circumcision is the most performed surgery on male newborns (and infants) in America, it is also the only recommended surgery without indication of a medical condition. And to this day there are no laws nor relgulations that protect underage males from the fate of circumcision.

Definition Of Circumcision

Circumcision is defined as the surgical removal of the foreskin – the fold of skin tissue that covers the glans. But the 15-minute procedure (often referred as “minimally invaise”) actually reshapes the anatomy of the penis in the process; given that not only foreskin is forcibly removed, but its connective tissue to glans such the frenelum, along with portions of skin on the shaft later turning to scar tissue where they once existed.

To understand the extent of the long-term adverse consequences from circumcision, we must first understand that foreskin isn’t optional but an integral part of penile skin system. Its removal only disrupts the natural development and function of otherwise healthy genitalia.