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04-09-2014 06:44 AM

Great answer from Mama24-7.    There are two things that need to happen before a boy's foreskin is able to be retracted.  The sphincter at the tip must be loose enough to stretch over the glans, and the synechia  which bond the inner mucosal surface of the foreskin to the glans must have released. These do not necessarily happen in the same order or at the same time, and may not happen until well into the teen years.  You may also be interested in: .


You might consider printing some info out and giving it to your doctor, as he may be causing other young boys to get circumcised unnecessarily through his ignorance.  Not all mothers are as savvy as you, and some much more trusting of what their doctor tells them!

04-08-2014 11:49 AM

Thanks, no he isn't fully retractable yet, just can see the tip of his penis, not the full head yet.  We haven't done much with his penis aside from teaching to wash, etc and no retraction aside from what he does himself.  It is so hard to find a physician that knows what an intact penis should be doing at different stages!

04-08-2014 10:51 AM
mama24-7 I take it your son is not retractable (which is normal for his age)? If not, then it sounds like your doctor doesn't know about the normal prepuce. The foreskin is fused to the glans until separation occurs sometime up until adulthood. Doctors who don't know about the normal penis often mistake this normal part of the penis as adhesions, which is what happens what the circumcised penis does when there's "left over" foreskin in attempt to heal itself thus creating adhesions. has videos on the normal penis. You may be interested in those for yourself or to share w/ your doctor. There is also a wonderful video called "The Elephant in the Hospital," which is a wonderful education tool. I don't specifically recall if there is much about the normal penis & it's development, but there probably is. Maybe share that as well. There is also which is run by a nurse.

Your son is lucky you've kept him as he was made & that you're researching what you've been told. Not every boy is so lucky.

Best wishes,
04-08-2014 10:32 AM
~cassie~ I took my almost 7 yr old to the pedi today bc his penis has a little infection(swollen and pus). He's getting a med to go on it. Anyway she mentioned he had quite a few adhesions and mentioned may need to have him circumsized. I'm not wanting to go that direction and was hoping someone had some advice to help with the adhesions.

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