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NOCIRC of Southern Nevada is dedicating to educating people in the community about the risks of circumcision. Our goal is to be a well-rounded source of information to help parents make the best decision regarding circumcision.


Frequently Asked Questions

Infant Circumcision (7)

How is circumcision done?

Most parents don’t know what is actually  done to a baby when he is circumcised. The  baby is placed spread-eagle on his back on  a board and his arms and legs are strapped  down so that he can’t move. His genitals  are scrubbed and covered with antiseptic.  His foreskin is torn from his glans and slit lengthwise so that the circumcision  instrument can be inserted. Then his foreskin  is crushed and cut off. Most parents who see what is done to a  baby when he is circumcised and how he  reacts decide against circumcision and let  their baby keep his foreskin intact.

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When and why did doctors in the U.S. start circumcising babies?

Doctors in the English-speaking countries started circumcising babies in the mid-1800s to “prevent masturbation,” which was blamed  for causing many diseases, including epilepsy,  tuberculosis, and insanity.  Other reasons have been given since then, but  all of them, including the claim that circumcision prevents cancer of the penis, cancer of  the cervix, and venereal diseases, have been  disproven. We now know that the foreskin is  a normal, sensitive, functional part of the body.


Courtesy of NOCIRC – Publication downloadable here

Does circumcision have risks?

Yes. Like any other surgery, circumcision has risks. They include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Complications from anesthetics
  • Surgical mistakes, including loss of glans and loss of entire penis
  • Death


Many circumcised males suffer from:

  • Extensive scarring
  • Skin tags and skin bridges
  • Tearing and bleeding at the scar
  • Curvature of the penis
  • Tight, painful erections
  • Difficulty ejaculating
  • Impotence
  • Feelings of having been violated
  • Feelings of having been mutilated


All circumcised males lose some or most of the sensitivity in their glans and all of the sensitivity in their foreskin.

Circumcision may have risks and complications not yet recognized or understood.

Courtesy of NOCIRC – Publication downloadable here

Is circumcision painful?

Yes. Circumcision is extremely painful – and traumatic – for a baby. Just being strapped down is frightening for a baby. Babies are as sensitive to pain as anyone else. Most babies scream frantically when their foreskin is cut off. Some defecate. Some lapse into a coma. The reason some babies don’t cry when they are circumcised is that they can’t cry because they are in a state of shock. Most babies are circumcised without an anesthetic. Anesthetics injected into the penis don’t always work. Being stuck with a needle in the penis is itself painful for a baby. Babies are rarely given pain medication after they are circumcised or during the week to ten days it takes for the wound to heal. Pain medication is not always effective and is never 100% effective.

Courtesy of NOCIRC – Publication downloadable here

If my son isn’t circumcised, won’t he be teased?

Raising an intact boy should include empowering him to compassionately respond to anyone who might ever tease him about being normal and whole.

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  • “The best reason to let a baby keep his foreskin intact is that it’s almost a certainty he will be glad you did.” — John A. Erickson