I'm Intact. Do not retract.

At Intact Australia, you will find all you need to know about Routine Infant Circumcision (RIC) and the male prepuce a.k.a. the foreskin. We provide researched based information and are part of a growing global society that believe all sexes have the right to their own body; female, male and intersex; infants, children and adults. We all have our own rights to bodily integrity and they should be respected by everyone. Although we are against Routine Infant Circumcision, we are not against medically necessary circumcision where all other options have been exhausted and we are not against an informed adult who might want it done for himself.

We keep our website as up to date as possible, relevant and have regular blogs on all things foreskin and RIC related. Here you will find information on structure, purpose and function of the foreskin, the history of circumcision and why it was introduced into the western industrialised world, various religious aspects, as well as care of an intact penis, which is basically, never retract, just leave it alone. We discuss the alleged health benefits of circumcision and put these arguments into perspective, when we are presented with the facts and dismiss the myths, we can see that circumcision has no real health benefit. This is confirmed by statements from medical organisations across the world:

Australia: “The foreskin has a functional role, circumcision is non-therapeutic and the infant is unable to consent. After reviewing the current available evidence, the RACP believes that the frequency of diseases modifiable by circumcision and the complication rates do not warrant routine infant circumcision in Australia and New Zealand.” – The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2010.

Finland: “There are no medical reasons to perform circumcision on healthy infants. Circumcision is not a disease treatment or health promotion and is therefore not part of the Finnish health care system.” – Finnish Medical Association, 2004

Holland: “Non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors is a violation of children’s rights to autonomy and physical integrity. Circumcision can cause complications – bleeding, infection, urethral stricture and panic attacks are particularly common. KNMG is therefore urging a strong policy of deterrence to circumcision.” – Royal Dutch Medical Association, 2010

Statements from more medical organisations can be seen on our website.

When it comes to circumcision, many people know very little about the body part being excised. The male foreskin is the flexible double layered sheath of specialised skin that covers and protects the glans (or head) of the penis. The foreskin is an integral and important part of the skin system of the penis and is more than just skin. It is a complex and sophisticated structure with many unique properties, it is a highly mobile and an amazingly designed organ composed of an intricate web of blood vessels, muscle and nerves. In fact the foreskin contains about 240 feet of nerve fibres and tens of thousands of specialised erotogenic nerve endings, it is the primary sensory organ of the body.

The foreskin also has many functions that include protection of the glans, keeping it sensitive and protecting the urethral opening from contaminants. The foreskin has self-cleaning functions much like the eyelids that keep the eyes moist and self cleaned, the foreskin of a child is self cleaning, meaning that it is not necessary to clean underneath the foreskin, in fact this will do a great deal of harm. The foreskin provides immunological protection, glands in the foreskin produce antibacterial and antiviral proteins such as Lysozyme. Plasma cells in the foreskin’s mucosal lining secrete immunoglobulins, antibodies that defend against infection. This natural protective function has been destroyed in circumcised males.

We must respect our children’s right to their whole body, the foreskin is a natural and integral part of the penis. It is neither moral or ethical to cut off a part of someone else’s genitals without that person’s competent and fully informed consent. Since it is the child who must bear the consequences, circumcision violates his right to genital autonomy. We all have a right to decide what happens to our bodies, including our genitals. Please let your child decide for himself when he is older if he wants to modify his body or not. It’s his body.

For more information on this topic, please visit our website: intactaus.org or message us at intactaus@gmail.com or on facebook.com/IntactAus

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