“It is a sobering fact that in the public debate [about circumcision] we observed partly antisemitic and racist undertones.”

ANGELA MERKEL, FEDERAL
CHANCELLOR OF GERMANY, 2013

Milah UK
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What is ‘Metzitza’? Is it controversial?

Metzitza is an ancient part of the Brit Milah process, conceived at a time before modern medicine, involving drawing blood away from the wounded area. There are different views about the reasons for this: some regard it as having been introduced to guard against infection, others that is is useful in instances where there are anatomical anomalies. By convention in the UK it is performed using a sterile pipette and is not considered controversial.

There are Mohelim who still utilise the ancient custom of ‘Metzitza B’peh’ which fulfils this part of the process using traditional direct oral suction. It has been alleged in the USA that it has led directly led to the spread of infection. Where Metzitza B’peh does take place the rate of subsequent complications remains extremely low.