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Greetings !<br>
My first post here and not quite sure if I posted it in the right forum but…<br><br>
I am hoping that someone here might be able to recommend a doctor that is, umm, how do I say this, experienced, familiar with, educated in… the anatomy and care of intact male genitalia? Okay, that was awkward but you know what I mean - a doctor I can feel comfortable taking my son to.<br><br>
After weeks of frequent urination ( and I do mean - frequent) I am beginning to suspect that my 5 year old son may have a UTI and I’d like a urinalysis done to be sure. But I am very reluctant to take him to his current Pediatrician after our last visit (I had to lunge across the room to stave off a retraction - his foreskin is not yet retractable.)<br><br>
I called the regional NOCIRC center of Pittsburgh and they could not recommend one.<br><br>
Thank You.
 

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This is a good forum to ask this question in. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> But if you can't get a recommendation, you might want to ask in the Case Against Circ. forum to get suggestions on how to deal with a less-than-helpful doctor. Off the top of my head:<br><br>
State up front before your son is undressed that you do not consent to any retraction or MANIPULATION of the foreskin. Retraction really means any attempt to pull it back, but some practitioners will say "oh, I won't retract" and then start to pull it back "just a little" or "until they hit resistance". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: So to be sure that there is no communication breakdown, be sure that they know that they are not to pull his foreskin towards his body AT ALL.<br><br>
They may try to tell you that they cannot get a clean urine sample unless he is retracted, or if they wanted to do a cath (I wouldn't think it would be that bad though, but just in case) that they would need to retract to do that. Not true. If they try to pull that, put your foot down.<br><br>
And of course if they try to pull the "this was caused by being intact" and "he needs a circ" crap, you can either try to educate them or ask them to back that up with studies.<br><br>
I think it would be very rare to find someone who's so ignorant that they'll actually refuse to treat him unless you circ.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: We like Dr. Offerman a lot. He is Dutch (so probably intact himself!) and his basic attitude on foreskin is, "Just leave it alone." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Sorry for the late reply - it’s been an intense week around here to say the least…<br><br>
Well, I took my son into his regular Pediatricians office but his doctor was away and we saw another doctor in the group, so I was less afraid. Of course, I also felt more prepared after reading your post, Paquerette - Thank You.<br><br>
His urine checked out okay, so the likely suspect is bubble bath, which Dad has a tendency to let them go wild with so…<br><br>
In the future, we will definitely check out Dr. Offerman - especially since we may be moving to Point Breeze, (still not sure ‘bout that though.)<br><br>
Thank You for all the advice.
 

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We have not been patients in his practice for several years, but I credit Dr. Offerman for saving my three sons' foreskins! We were 'on the fence' about the procedure when our first son was born almost 12 years ago. We asked Dr. O about it during our 3 day post-partum check up (baby was born at a Midwife center) and he responded with a passionate argument against circumcision! I'll always be grateful for his clarity and conviction.
 

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I don't know where you are, Sameetra, but Dr. Brian Donnelly at Pediatric Alliance in the North Hills is great. I went to him after getting a recommendation from another Pgh mom on the CAC board, after my son had a UTI. He is so awesome, really upon the latest research and just so kind and gentle.<br>
However, since Dr. Donnelly is so far away from us, we've started to see Dr. Offerman (thanks Becca!) I like him a lot too!<br><br>
Jen
 

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Dr Offerman would rather you vaxed on schedule, but he does accept patients who do not vaccinate. I delayed my son's MMR and refused a flu shot, and he was fine with that.
 
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