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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 #81 of 176
Not yet. He's only 9 months old, though.
post #82 of 176
not yet. ds is 22 mo.
post #83 of 176
Thread Starter 

To the Spinoff Poll with you both! Mwa ha ha!
post #84 of 176
my son is 2 and not retracting at all. my ex boyfriend retracted around 16 years old he says. its possible he could before then, but no one really told him anything about it so he figured it out by himself. he is from scotland.
post #85 of 176
DS just turned 4 and does not retract.
post #86 of 176
Dh retracted at age 5 so I voted 6

love and peace.
post #87 of 176
My youngest son (4) has been retractable since the age of 2. He did it himself, I never touched it. Only to wash and thats it. My oldest son (7) is not retractable yet.
post #88 of 176
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.
post #89 of 176
DS is 6 and is not retractable yet. I have no clue when my BIL's became retractable, but I will be sure to ask next time I see them
post #90 of 176
I would vote, but my 2 yr old isn't anywhere near retracting. And I think my DH was forcibly retracted as child...I should ask for sure though.
post #91 of 176
My sons are now 27 and 19 years old, so my memory is a bit fuzzy. I do remember that they were both retractable by age 5, so I chose by age 6.
post #92 of 176
6-yr old son was forcibly retracted as an infant and has been able to retract almost 100% since before he was a year old.

2-yr old son only able to retract a tiny tiny bit (he does that himself--no forcible retraction by anyone...if he wants to yank it back, thats his business).
post #93 of 176
Thread Starter 
post #94 of 176
Not yet. 2 1/2
post #95 of 176
Thread Starter 
So far, we only have about FIFTEEN PERCENT that have retracted by three. Not exactly in line with what American doctors have been feeding us, eh?
post #96 of 176
Originally Posted by kimkabob5 View Post
he says he pulls it back when he pees (and the bathroom floor is alot cleaner for it
Oh, I am so waiting for this moment! Right now aiming is, um, problematic for us. Or, for me, I mean. He just pees all over and walks away . I'm the one who nearly breaks my neck when I walk in and slip on it...
Btw- I already voted about my 4yo, but my 2yo is as non-retractible as he was the day he was born.
post #97 of 176
he's in the majority non retractable so far, but he's not yet 3...
post #98 of 176
I'm actually surprised that our son is already retracting, it happened only couple of weeks ago(he turned 4 in the end of July). He had quite long&tight foreskin. About 1,5 months ago he started to ooze white pearl-ish stuff under his foreskin, foreskin also turned quite red.
This continues couple of days and then the colouring turned normal and foreskin started ballooning when he was peeing - this caused tremendous delight, I think he spent a week in bathroom admiring his new superpower .
And then couple of weeks ago he ran to the livingroom, his eyes big and yelling ; iso, iso(big,big). He pulled his pants down & said bicka boo and showed his new retracting foreskin. Oh the joy!
post #99 of 176
Many years ago I remember hearing that about 85% of boys will be able to retract by age 6 and about 95% by age 9. That seems to be about the percentage this poll is revealing. I have no idea what the source of that statistic was, but it is interesting to see it being confirmed here.
post #100 of 176
Originally Posted by TigerTail View Post
So far, we only have about FIFTEEN PERCENT that have retracted by three. Not exactly in line with what American doctors have been feeding us, eh?
Other ways to look at these numbers.

If you eliminate the votes for those who are not retractable yet and the small percentage who were circumcised for phimosis, and only figure percentages for those who are actually retractable, you get about 45% retractable by age three. Still a lot lower than the 90% usually touted (from Gairdner). If you add in the ones that are retractable by age 4, the percentage is 74%. These are higher numbers than those found in the Japanese and Scandinavian studies, who set the average age of full retractabiliy at about age 10 (i.e. 50% at age 10). Maybe in those countries, they are subject to less manipulation or "checking", or maybe the definition of "fully retractable" is not the same for these studies vs. our survey. Also, since parents of more than one intact boy, where the boys retracted at different ages, may have voted the earlier age, our results may be skewed down.

There is another survery on another "parents of intact boys" board elsewhere, that shows 63% fully retractable by age 5.

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