Does Circumcision Make Men’s Penises Smaller?
An interesting question to ponder. Does circumcision prevent penises from reaching their full genetic potential? Some experts say that amputation of a body part in infancy can cause the remaining attached tissue and structures to have stunted growth.
Circumcision involves the amputation of healthy function tissue for essentially cosmetic reasons. However few have probably considered that a smaller penis may be the unintended result.
A shocking photo obtained by Intaction shows the results of an accidental amputation of a pinky finger when the subject was an infant. It is clear from the photo that the stump of the amputated pinky finger is significantly shorter than the unaffected finger in the opposing hand.
Amputation severs the nerve endings to the affected area. Circumcision causes total severing of the nerves leading from the foreskin due to the stretching, cutting (laceration), and crushing by circumcision devices. This type of neuron death is known as neurotmesis. Neurotmesis results in neural degeneration. Not only are the nerves lost in the foreskin, but the nerves feeding them atrophy and die back to the spine. Without full enervation of the penile tissues as an infant, growth is likely to be stunted.
Furthermore, an informal study conducted by Dr. Christopher Fletcher, M.D. found that the adult penises of men circumcised as infants are 8mm (3/8″) shorter than their intact counterparts. Dr. Fletcher is an assistant clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Fletcher’s conclusions arise from a study of men 18 years and older seeking medical care. The vast majority of his subjects had circumcisions soon after birth for non-medical reasons.
Another study published in the Canadian Urological Association Journal concluded, “this study shows that NMC (Neonatal Male Circumcision) was associated with shorter penile length.” They go one to report, “NMC [Circumcision] can also remove the loose flap of skin that covers and protects the rounded top part of the penis that contains nerves, blood vessels, and a tiny part of muscle, which can lead to shorter penile length.”
Circumcision should now be considered a man-made handicap that is inflicted upon millions of baby boys every year. Parents that have been mislead into circumcising their sons for make-believe health benefits may have actually stunted the growth of their son’s penis.
Beyond stunted genital growth, it is undeniable that circumcision removes over 20,000 specialized nerve endings and 15 square inches of mobile skin (in the adult male) that accommodates the erection during arousal. Lack of this mobile sliding skin may cause painful or curved erections as an adult.