Below you find links to information about, and images of, circumcision complications. Some of the links you click may have graphic content for educational purposes.

Resources for Circumcision Trauma & Regret (YWB)
"Are you a man who is experiencing anger, rage, distrust, resentment, anguish, bitterness, depression, or thoughts of suicide because you are circumcised?  Have you been dismissed, misunderstood, embarrassed, or mocked by others when you’ve expressed your feelings of violation? Are you a parent who feels guilty, ashamed, angry, victimized, heartbroken, or devastated because you allowed you son to be circumcised?  Are you traumatized from witnessing your son’s circumcision?"

It's Time to Understand (YWB)
Hi Mom and Dad! It’s your 21-year-old son! The son you cried over when you first saw him exposed to the light of the world. The son you lovingly cared for as he grew out of infancy, watching him gain independence, make mature decisions, and turn into the handsome man you see when you close your eyes and picture him smiling."

Complications of Circumcision (Stanford School of Medicine)
"With any procedure, it is important to know what complications are possible. Not only does this knowledge guide technique (to minimize the possibility of a poor outcome), but it also allows for a more informed discussion with parents who are considering circumcision for their son and permits improved recognition of problems if and when they occur." (This link contains an extensive complication list with descriptions.)

Images of Complications from Circumcisions - Infants (YWB)
All genital cutting causes damage by removing the foreskin, but many boys have further complications that cause them pain and problems their entire lives."

Images of Complications from Circumcision - Adults (YWB)
"All genital cutting causes damage by removing the foreskin, but many boys have further complications that cause them pain and problems their entire lives."

Circumcision Rates Dropping, but Infant Death Highlights Ongoing Debate (Yahoo! News - Oct. 2015)
"The post-circumcision death of an infant boy in Ontario has highlighted the ongoing debate about circumcision in Canada, where about a third of parents still choose to circumcise their newborn boys. Ryan Hedari’s parents say their physician urged them to circumcise their son despite their wish not to, and in 2013 the boy died seven days after the procedure due to shock from blood loss."

This IS Genital Mutilation (YWB)
"I want you to understand exactly what you did to me. You're a doctor, and you've literally amputated parts from my genitals, so I am going to assume that you don't need to be spared any details. You took too much. You didn't leave me with enough skin to cover my penile shaft. The result was that my earliest memories of experiencing erections as a child are memories of severe, prolonged pain."

Circumcision: The Untold American Story (YWB)
People don’t really understand what it’s like to be circumcised and not want to be. It makes you feel completely helpless. I wake up every day and go to sleep every night knowing that I’m missing part of my body. I have to come to terms with the fact that part of me was cut off and that I had absolutely no way to speak out or defend myself. It makes me feel so powerless, so vulnerable."

Screenshots of Sadness (YWB)
View screenshots taken directly from Facebook that show the pain, damage and complications caused by genital cutting. 

Restoration (YWB)
Foreskin restoration involves tugging or pulling on the skin where the foreskin used to be. The tension causes the skin to stretch and grow. It can extend onto the glans and eventually cover it. Achieving a covered glans takes consistent, regular tugging, and it is a multi-year process."


Meet James Ketter (YWB)
"When I hear men brag about their penis, and claim, “I'm cut, and I'm fine,” I laugh, because I know the truth. The more insecure you are about your penis, the more you lie and claim everything is fine. Everything is fantastic, “I am so very very happy happy with my cock!” It is a lie, and an evasion. I know. I used to be the King of Denial. I used to say those very same things. It takes a VERY brave man to admit his penis is less than it should be. I would have walked into burning buildings, or into a war zone without blinking, but to admit my penis was flawed was something I didn't have courage enough to admit. It took restoring my foreskin to finally make me admit out loud what had been wrong for so very long. Now I brave insults and ridicule for spreading education about the abomination that is genital cutting."

One Man's Letter (YWB)
"I doubt you will remember me but when I was an infant you violated my rights and mutilated my body.  I am writing you this letter to make you fully aware of the atrocities that you have committed and my feelings about them.  When I was a newborn infant you held me down and cut my foreskin off of my penis.  You performed an unnecessary cosmetic surgery on my body without my consent and without any way for me to defend myself.  I am extremely upset over what you did to my body.  I consider bodily autonomy to be an extremely important human right and you completely ignored that right.  If we don’t have freedom and control and choice over our own bodies, then how can we say we are free?  Why do you treat infants like objects and not like people?"

My Son Needs to be Re-Circumcised (The WHOLE Network)
"So your doctor has told you that not enough foreskin was removed during your son’s circumcision. A circumcision revision surgery or “recircumcision” has been recommended. As a parent, you love your son and you just want what’s best for him. You may be asking yourself, is this surgery really necessary?"

Male Circumcision Leads to a Bad Sex Life (Science Nordic)
"If a man is circumcised, he faces an increased risk of experiencing delayed orgasm, and his female partner has an increased risk of not feeling sexually fulfilled. This is the clear-cut conclusion of a new Danish research article, which has received international attention."

Men's Testimonies (YWB)
A compilation of men's comments on being circumcised. 

The Gomco Circumcision: Common Problems and Solutions (AAFP)
"After the infant is restrained, the penis, scrotum and groin area are cleaned with a disinfecting solution and are inspected for anatomic abnormalities. The Gomco clamp is checked to make sure the bell is the right size for the clamp and that there are no defects."

Injuries Linked to Circumcision Clamps (LA Times)
"Melanie Hall did not think she was putting her week-old son at risk when she brought him to a Los Angeles doctor to be circumcised. But after a nurse took the baby into an examining room, something went terribly wrong. 'I heard a scream, an excruciating kind of scream,' Hall said. 'You know your baby's cry.'"

What is Lost from Circumcision  (NORM)
"Many people think circumcision removes nothing more than a little extra skin. The truth is that circumcision removes several critical components of male sexual anatomy. This list enumerates everything currently known to be lost when one is circumcised. Included are notes on whether these losses can or cannot be amended by foreskin restoration."

Global Survey of Circumcision Harm (Global Survey)
IMAGES. "To fully appreciate the damage caused by circumcision, one must first understand how the natural, intact penis should look and function. The photos on the next page show the way that Nature/God intended the human penis to look and function."

Re-Circumcision and Penile Adhesion (Baby Center, Comments from Mothers)
"My son is almost 14 months and has a complete penile adhesion. His original circ was done when he was 3 days old by a resident OB/Gyn at the hospital. His original pediatrician told me the circ looked incomplete but pulled the adhered skin back when it first started to to form scar tissue. It was raw and very painful for him."

Unspeakable Mutilations: Circumcised Men Speak Out (Book)
"Circumcision of male infants and boys is a cultural practice that persists within some African, Pacific, Southern Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, and, as a medicalized ritual, in some Anglophone societies, especially the United States."

Dangers of the Plastibell (The Whole Network)
"It is often said that a "Plastibell" circumcision is painless and doesn't involve any cutting or blood. Many people say that it is a more "gentle" circumcision without any risks. All of these statements are false. No circumcision is painless. The foreskin contains thousands of concentrated, specialized nerve endings."

Images of Botched Circumcisions on Adult Males (Circumstitions)
IMAGES. "A skin-bridge is formed when the raw remnant where the foreskin was cut attaches to the raw surface of the glans and heals that way. This happens after the doctor has lost interest in the case and the mother, who has been told her son's circumcised penis is now "low maintenance" and has no idea what it is "supposed" to look like, does not notice that anything is the matter."

Images of Botched Circumcisions on Adult Males II (Circumcision Harm)
IMAGES. "Images here reveal both routine and extraordinary damage from circumcision in infancy or childhood (physical damage only). It does not account for adverse sexual, emotional/psychological, spiritual or self-esteem outcomes from the physical damage. While the extremes of male and female genital cutting may differ in the effects upon individuals, one common denominator is the fact that no matter how "serious" or "minor" the public may perceive the differences..."