Debunking the myths.


It’s just a snip!

The foreskin tissue is equivalent to half of the overall penis‘s skin. When rolled out it is the size of a business card, and has multiple functions. 

One of them is the fact that it is fused to the glans of the penis to protect it.

It doesn’t hurt the child long term.

Completely untrue, for full in depth risks and lifelong injury refer to this page. 

It’s painless, they sleep right through it.

“According to a comprehensive study, newborn responses to pain are “similar to but greater than those observed in adult subjects.” Circumcision is extremely painful and traumatic. Some infants do not cry because they go into traumatic shock from the overwhelming pain of the surgery. No experimental anesthetic has been found to be safe and effective in preventing circumcision pain in infants.”


Pain reliever is always used, and it works!

Most newborns do not receive adequate anesthesia (Stang, 1998).  Only 45% of doctors who do circumcisions use any anesthesia at all.  Obstetricians perform 70% of circumcisions and are least likely to use anesthesia—only 25% do.  

- Dr. Stang

Concentrated glucose administered orally does not provide significant analgesia for neonatal circumcision. The use of DPNB  (dorsal penile nerve block) significantly reduced objective measurements of pain and physiologic stress in infants undergoing circumcision.

A baby doesn’t remember it!

One study suggests memory from the pain or trauma of circumcision can occur.