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Poll Results: What age(s) did you, your significant other, your children, naturally retract?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 3% (8)
    By age 1
  • 4% (11)
    By age 2
  • 9% (22)
    By age 3
  • 10% (24)
    By age 4
  • 5% (14)
    By age 6
  • 2% (5)
    By age 8
  • 0% (2)
    By age 10
  • 2% (6)
    By age 12
  • 1% (4)
    By age 14
  • 3% (8)
    By age 16
  • 1% (3)
    By age 18
  • 53% (127)
    Not yet (give ages in post, please!)
  • 0% (0)
    Retracted non-surgically post puberty (age please!)
  • 1% (4)
    Circumcised for 'phimosis' (ditto!)
238 Total Votes  
post #101 of 176
Thread Starter 
I can only personally confirm that we are 100% not retractable by ages 4 & 5 here . (I think this has to be looked at in conjunction with the other poll, since a significant number of boys over 3 are hiding out there with the infantry, including mine.)
post #102 of 176
You know I don't know why I didn't get this before, but here's another factor that would skew a poll like this. (Not being snarky. Hey, I actually really like this poll. I started one on another board, myself.)

Here's the thing. MDC is bound to be skewed towards people with younger kids. The percentage of those of us (like me) who actually have kids over 18 is probably pretty small. Therefore you will get a prepondance of moms with retractable 1,2,3,5,7, etc. year olds voting, but fewer and fewer voting as you go up through the age ranges of this poll. Thus the numbers of votes of retractable kids in those early ages may well overestimate the likelihood of retracting at an early age, compared to the total number of votes.

If everyone had kids over 18, or only the people with kids over 18 voted, or if everyone waited to vote till their kids were over 18 (you get the idea...), then we'd really see the true distribution.

Sorry, if I've got my math/research neurons mixed up. I was just musing about this...

Gillian
post #103 of 176
what a great poll! Thanks for posting this!!
post #104 of 176
By two he was a happy retracting fool. Oh and a happy shoving crayons in his foreskin fool.
post #105 of 176
But I don't know if he's fully retractable.
post #106 of 176
My son is 16 months, and is not retractable. :P

I just turned to DH and asked him out of the blue "Do you remember how old you were when you started to be able to retract your foreskin?" and he looked at me like I had 8 heads.

I'm pretty sure he was retractable from infancy, though. Not naturally, of course. I remember my MIL telling me that she was instructed to retract him and clean him, from birth.
post #107 of 176
my 16mo ds isn't retracting yet
post #108 of 176
I worried about this sooo much with ds1. he was 7 yrs old when he announced he could pull back his foreskin. we all cheered for him

ds2's foreskin was obviously retractible at birth. very loose. it got kind of tighter and painful for him to pull back though around age 6 (so he stopped), and now at 8 is is fully retractible again.


dh is intact, and i'm pretty sure his mom forced his back during his infancy. she told me to do that with my boys. uh no.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TigerTail View Post
For parents of intact boys, & intact (or formerly intact : men)

I'm curious, with the nonsense doctors spew about things like 'all boys are retractile by 3' etc. I hear other parents of boys the age of mine (5 & 4) that aren't even close to retracting here all the time. In fact, I'd say from anecdote that we are a majority.

(Where ARE these kids that retract naturally at 9 months? Frankly, you'd have to rip my kids' foreskins off to forcibly retract them, & by this age they'd protest like hell & probably bite your hand off if you tried- with my blessing .)

I think- I am postulating- that all this early retractile stuff is just twaddle (as MT would say in Vax ).
post #109 of 176
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~Nikki~ View Post
I just turned to DH and asked him out of the blue "Do you remember how old you were when you started to be able to retract your foreskin?" and he looked at me like I had 8 heads.
HAHAHA I just asked my dh the same way (no intro, just when did you retract?) and he just answered the question like I was asking him if he ate lunch today. Gotta love 'em. Or is it that I'm really that weird and me asking that IS normal?....

Oh his answer, 15-16 waaaayy past that magical 3 year old mark.
post #110 of 176
Mine is 8 and not yet fully retractable. Doesn't cause him pain or anything, and erections and urination is totally fine, no infections. I figure when he starts to masturbate more, it will all take care of itself.
post #111 of 176
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by glongley View Post
MDC is bound to be skewed towards people with younger kids. The percentage of those of us (like me) who actually have kids over 18 is probably pretty small. Therefore you will get a prepondance of moms with retractable 1,2,3,5,7, etc. year olds voting, but fewer and fewer voting as you go up through the age ranges of this poll. Thus the numbers of votes of retractable kids in those early ages may well overestimate the likelihood of retracting at an early age, compared to the total number of votes.

If everyone had kids over 18, or only the people with kids over 18 voted, or if everyone waited to vote till their kids were over 18 (you get the idea...), then we'd really see the true distribution.

Sorry, if I've got my math/research neurons mixed up. I was just musing about this...

Gillian
No, I was thinking about this too, which is why I've been asking for intact adults, sib info, people in 'normal' countries, people on other intactivism boards (maybe not geared to such littles) to respond.

It's definitely skewed, but it's a start, for anybody who thinks, "OH, but NOBODY else has a five (eight, thirteen) year old that doesn't retract yet." People can see with their own eyes a still substantial number of people having no problems with non-retracting, normal, non-phimotic ('true' phimosis) penises.
post #112 of 176
Thread Starter 
Bumping poll for newbies to vote and/or compare results- More Data, please!
post #113 of 176
Pardon me, for I have not read all of the pages, so someone may have already stated this:

But, what lots of doctors don't realize is that retraction of the foreskin has a lot to do with hormones and puberty rather than age. It "can" happen when a child is younger (like 3), but if it doesn't, that's fine. Once the boy reaches young manhood, and all those hormones start floating around in his body, I think it is someting about these hormones that causes a breakdown in something (sorry for being so vague, I can't remember everything) in the foreskin and penis that causes the foreskin to release and become retractible.

They recognize the hormonal factor involved in helping to release labial adhesions in girls (estrogen, I think.) Doctors often prescribe a hormonal cream for young girls/babies with labial adhesions. A lot of moms with girls with labial adhesions just wait to see if they release on their own when the girl reaches puberty and her body starts to up the production of hormones naturally....

Hormones play a key role in the natural retraction of intact boys as well.
post #114 of 176
Thread Starter 
Yes, if it wasn't stated so succinctly before, thank you for reiterating it.
post #115 of 176
My 4 yo still has a VERY tight foreskin, but balloons when peeing with no discomfort. I'll be very interested to know if he is retractable later in life.
My 2 3/4 yo plays with himself A LOT and has been retractable for a while.
My 2 month old's foreskin is very loose and appears to be retractable but I'll let him answer that question when he is able!

- Krista
post #116 of 176
Don't have a DS. DH doesn't remember not being able to retract, but I kind of suspect his parents were given the cleaning instructions so many others were at that time.
post #117 of 176
Quote:
Originally Posted by kimkabob5 View Post
My son's are 6 and almost 2. I'm pretty sure my 6 year old retracts, he says he pulls it back when he pees (and the bathroom floor is alot cleaner for it), but I've never tried to retract my younger son so I have no idea.
This doesn't necessarily solve the problem. My circ'd husband is WAY messier peeing than my tight foreskinned 4 yo. My 2 year old WANTS to pee standing up, but is too short to reach over the bowl!
post #118 of 176
Quote:
Originally Posted by TigerTail View Post
Yes, if it wasn't stated so succinctly before, thank you for reiterating it.
Oh! sorry,

so many pages, so little internet time, what with crazy 16 month old running amuck around the public computer room and all, fiddling with all the gadgets in here....
post #119 of 176
Thread Starter 
No, no 'sorry' necessary, when I said 'if' I meant 'if'; I have no idea if it was said at all before either. . Long thread; I read fast & well, but I'm not backtracking that far either!
post #120 of 176
ds is 18 months and not retracted...
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