My husband and I have opted leave our son intact. He is now 18 months and has been to two different family practice docs. Both are women, both are reasonably natural-minded (or at least enough so not to be overly concerned about the fact that we're choosing not to vax right now), but both have insisted on checking his penis and attempting to retract his foreskin at every visit. I have assumed this far that they are doctors, they know what they're doing and haven't said anything to them even though it makes me uncomfortable because I have always heard/read to leave the penis alone.
Have any of you had this experience with doctors before? (I'm starting to realize this is an all-too-common occurrence.) Is this something I should bring up with them and insist they stop doing? Or ask for clarification about why they're doing it next time they try? On that note - is there ever an acceptable reason TO retract the foreskin in infancy? I'm not sure if our doctors just don't run into intact boys very often or they've been given different information or what. This situation makes me nervous because I don't want to ruin the relationship I have with our doctors, and yet I don't want the doctors to (inadvertently or otherwise) hurt my son.
I would love some ideas of how to approach the doctors about the issue, too.