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View Poll Results: What age(s) did you, your significant other, your children, naturally retract?
By age 1 8 57.14%
By age 2 11 78.57%
By age 3 22 100.00%
By age 4 24 100.00%
By age 6 14 100.00%
By age 8 5 35.71%
By age 10 2 14.29%
By age 12 6 42.86%
By age 14 4 28.57%
By age 16 8 57.14%
By age 18 3 21.43%
Not yet (give ages in post, please!) 126 100.00%
Retracted non-surgically post puberty (age please!) 0 0%
Circumcised for 'phimosis' (ditto!) 4 28.57%
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#61 of 176 Old 10-02-2006, 06:33 PM
 
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Not yet, but he's only 3.5 months old.

He did need to be cath'd at 10 days and the nurse had never cath'd an intact boy, but we told her it could be done without retracting, so she went out to the nurses' station, looked up how to do it right, and didn't give us any argument. She thanked us for the chance to learn something new. It sucks that he needed to be cath'd at all, but I was grateful we got an open-minded nurse.
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My youngest could by 2 yo. I think maybe when he was 1 1/2. I don't remember exactly. My 8 yo, however, still cannot. He's very private about it though so sometimes I worry that it could become an issue. Is this pretty normal? He says it won't retract at all. Period.
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Well now! This is informative!

I can see my younger son has a less tight schincter, so will probably retract sooner, too. (They run around naked & stretching their penises enough, I'll likely see it if it happens anytime soon.)

I did want to find out. Everyone's different! (But you can see he's not in the MAJORITY, as American Dr's would have us believe!)
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almost 3 no retractionability at all yet
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I was able to retract around age 10.
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Gosh, I wonder if I should've had more options (or another poll!) for how what ages the nonretractile kids are, to help keep track of it. I suppose if couldn't hurt... more data, more data...
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I was able to retract around age 10.
Before age 10 was it pretty retractable? Now I'm getting concerned about my ds. I talked to my Aunt who is a total intactivist and her two ds are not circed. I told her about my 8 yo not being about to retract at all and she said I better get on that & try to retract it. She felt that was not normal and likely already an issue. So now I'm all freaked out. Especially because he's so private about it now he won't even let *me* see. Definitely won't let a doctor get anywhere near it I'm sure.
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Look at the poll numbers, Mama! See? It's cool.

If after puberty he couldn't, I'd make sure he was well-armed with information, possibly steroid cream, & LOTS of privacy.

(I may be looking at this- ds 1 is very tight around the preputial schincter, & likely has a lot of stretching ahead of him one day, if he thinks it is important. Some men live happy non-retracting lives. I'd love to hear from them.)
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Some men live happy non-retracting lives. I'd love to hear from them.)
This I want to hear more about. The poll is hard to interepret though because so many of the mothers here have babies who "have not yet," kwim? And those who didn't retract til ten or so may have had some retraction before that. Now I'm going to have my aunt all concerned about it and asking me about it. Of all people I thought I'd have to worry about.

Oh wait, my sisters step son is intact. I'll ask her to ask his dad if he remembers when he was able to retract fully. He's 12 I think...
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I voted not yet and my boys are 3 and 1. Dh is also intact so I'll have to ask him if he remembers when he could retract.

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This I want to hear more about. The poll is hard to interepret though because so many of the mothers here have babies who "have not yet," kwim?
Exactly why I did a spinoff poll.
Let's crunch some numbers here! Encourage your intactivist friends (and/or just plain guys in normal non-cutting countries) to come here, register & vote, too- I want a serious data pool to work with!
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DS2 at about age 2, did it himself in the bath (I think, unless his dad did it w/o my knowledge, but I'm pretty sure that didn't happen).

DS1, as far as I know not yet, he is 13 and I have stopped looking/asking. I think I dropped the subject a year or two ago, it's none of my business.

When I got married about 6 years ago, my (now ex)husband (who was circumcised as a baby) was very concerned about DS1's not retracting yet, and insisted that I take him to the pediatrician to see if something was "wrong". Fortunately, our pediatrician assured us that nothing was wrong at all, and that DS should be left alone. (One of many reasons I love our pediatrician.)
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My son can't yet and he is 19 months. There is more movement now than 6 months ago though.

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You forgot the option of "Forcibly retracted and kept going with the retraction"

My DH was forcibly retracted at birth by the nurses, and his mother was told that he had to be retracted and cleaned at each diaper change and bath. That's the information they had in 1978 Quebec....that's what my MIL did. I consider my DH darned lucky that he didn't get infected and circed at a later age due to improper (Yet proper for the time) care instructions....
yeah... that is the "care" that my DH had too (1975)...
however, my DH had multiple infections because of it...

 
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Ds is 17 mos and not retracting.
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I voted "not yet". My little guy is 14 months. He sure pulls on it, though, and I can tell he's not even close to being able to retract it.

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You know, there's another poll for all us 'not yet' folks.
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DS is 23 months and his has not naturally retracted yet.

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DS is 8 mos and I am assuming he can't retract. How will I know anyway?
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Not yet. He's only 9 months old, though.

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not yet. ds is 22 mo.

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http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=531836

To the Spinoff Poll with you both! Mwa ha ha!
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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.
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DS just turned 4 and does not retract.

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Dh retracted at age 5 so I voted 6

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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.
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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.
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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

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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.

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