Originally Posted by TigerTail
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.