Circumcision, with Dr. Adrienne Carmack

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #54

Circumcising baby boys has become a “standard of normalcy”, but can it really be that the bodies of half the population are defective? Is there no purpose to the foreskin? Do the benefits truly outweigh the risks? How complicated is it to take care of an intact penis? Urologist Dr. Adrienne Carmack tells us more.

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What we talked about:

  • Breaking down the policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • Does circumcision help prevention of urinary tract infections? Penile cancer? Some STD’s including HIV?
  • The risks for penile cancer, as stated by the American Cancer Society.
  • How to care for an intact penis
  • The purpose of the foreskin
  • Dr. Kellogg’s cure to masturbation and sexual immorality
  • How is circumcision done? What is the experience like for a newborn?
  • New statement from the AAP on how newborns experience pain
  • Circumcision risks and implications for infants, babies and adults
  • The emotional distress of circumcision and the men that are speaking out
  • Body autonomy and other ethical considerations
  • Finland: an intact case study (or how 1 in 16.000 actually need a circumcision)
  • Talking to your pediatrician about circumcision and the care of an intact penis
  • The future of circumcision?


Resources mentioned by Adrienne, recommended books, and websites:




HiRes-Adrienne_Carnack-0880-Edit[mark]About Dr. Adrienne Carmack[/mark]

Dr. Carmack is a board-certified urologist and mother of three children, all of whom were born outside of a hospital, breastfed, and kept intact. She is the author of The Good Mommy’s Guide to Her Little Boy’s Penis and Reclaiming My Birth Rights: A Mother’s Wisdom Triumphs over the Harmful Practices of Her Medical Profession. Dr. Carmack speaks on holistic urology topics, ranging from kidney stone prevention to genital autonomy and other birth rights.

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