Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is circumcision?

A: Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin (natural covering of the penis) 

Q: How do i clean an intact penis?

A: For infants and small children, no special cleaning is necessary! Simply wipe it as you would your finger. Clean from base of the penis, towards the tip of the penis. NEVER retract your sons penis to clean. A boys foreskin usually becomes retractable by the age of 18.

Q: What are the functions of the foreskin?

A: Protection, Sexual Sensitivity, Lubrication, Immunological Defense

Q: What are the pros and cons of circumcision?

A:  CONS: Pain and irritation to the head of the penis, damage to the opening of the urethra, light to heavy bleeding, mild to severe infection, and scarring.

PROS: In the first year of life, urinary tract infections (UTIs) happen less 1% often in circumcised boys than in boys who are not circumcised. But UTIs are not common.

Some studies have shown that circumcised men are a little less likely than men who have not been circumcised to get or spread a sexually transmitted infection (STI), including HIV. Condoms prevent STD’s far better than circumcision. 

The AAP states the benefits are not good enough to recommend routine circumcision. 

Q: What is body autonomy / body integrity?

Bodily autonomy is defined as the right to self governance over one's own body without external influence or coercion. It is generally considered to be a fundamental human right.

Bodily integrity is the inviolability of the physical body and emphasizes the importance of personal autonomy and the self-determination of human beings over their own bodies.

Q: is there a difference between intact and uncircumcised?

A: No. We use the term intact because the term uncircumcised sounds to us as if circumcised is normal, and it’s not!