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i regrettably had my son circ'ed when he was born. i was young, didn't know better, and wasn't told any better. I am now against it. I have apologized to him as well. i feel real bad about it. i was never told about what could go wrong. thankfully there never seemed to be a problem. there probably isnt one now either, but I have a question. How can you tell if they removed too much skin? I have become worried that I may have harmed him in some way (other than the obvious harm due to circ). What do I look for to see if he will have a problem as an adult man? He is starting all the stuff with puberty. He has been having erections and stuff, but has never complained of pain.
 

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I would ask him to come to you if he experiences pain or has any concerns. I might also offer him some information on restoration just as reference, and leave it totally up to him whether he feels he wants to or needs to pursue it, and I'd also tell him I'll help with costs or books or whatever if he wants.

Mainly, I would make it a very neutral conversation and let him come to his own conclusion if he is OK with his body.... but to let him know that he doesn't have to struggle alone without help if he has any complications.

Other than that, I would give him privacy!
 

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^^^ Yep!
Direct him to a restoration forum (check out the stickies up there) and let him know you will give him some financial backing. He doesn't have to go into detail with you about it, but you'll help him find resources if he wants to know/do more.
 

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so what do i look for? what signs are there? obviously pain is a sign, but is there one that shows before that?
 

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Just like intact boys don't appreciate having their penises treated like a ticking time bomb, neither (I presume) do circ'd ones.

While there can be painful complications related to circ, don't be on the lookout for "signs." Explain to him what some of the complications can be, skin bridges, painful erections, etc. and tell him to come to you if he has any questions.

I'm doubtful he'd be down for a thorough examination of his penis with his mother, which sounds like you're interested in doing.
 

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Just like intact boys don't appreciate having their penises treated like a ticking time bomb, neither (I presume) do circ'd ones.

While there can be painful complications related to circ, don't be on the lookout for "signs." Explain to him what some of the complications can be, skin bridges, painful erections, etc. and tell him to come to you if he has any questions.

I'm doubtful he'd be down for a thorough examination of his penis with his mother, which sounds like you're interested in doing.
i avoid looking at it thank you. i was just wondering if there was an early warning sign. he is my only son. i dont really know anything about the complications of circ. i wasnt informed 13 years ago and hadnt thought about it until i started on MDC. now i am worried about what i did.
what if he comes to me to ask a question and i dont understand that what he is concerned about could be a red flag for future problems? thats what i want to kow.
 

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I have a teenage son, who I too circ'd...regrettably. He's fine. He seems to really like taking showers


I wouldn't even ask him about his penis now. We don't talk about his circ or the fact that his brothers are intact. They know the difference. We've had the discussion.

Honestly, you would already know if he had a problem. He's not just suddenly getting erections. He's had them his whole life. You would've noticed skin bridges early on. The skin would've had to heal that way after the initial trauma. If he didn't have adhesions he should be fine.

Leave it alone. Puberty is a very private and somewhat confusing time. I never see my son naked anymore nor do I want to. If he had a problem I'd deal with it but I think it's you worried that you harmed him. He's fine. It's done. Forgive yourself (if you feel guilt) and move on. Soon enough he'll be out late, girls will be calling and dating. Then you'll really need to worry about his penis


And no I wouldn't "lead" him to restoration sites yet. Let him get a grip on his sexuality before making him feel inadequate by going there. I'm all for restoration. I WISH my husband would but there is a lot of anger (and rightfully so) on some of the message boards. It's a vulnerable time to introduce him to that. If he's mad about it and feeling inadequate then yeah. Go restore. But he may be perfectly fine with his member. It's a slippery slope to project.
 

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thank you both. it is exactly what i needed!

i feel so much better now!
 

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Really, I don't think you can keep that close an eye on your teenage son's penis. You've given him information, and now I think you need to respect his privacy and let him decide how he feels and what (if anything) to do.
 

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The skin would've had to heal that way after the initial trauma.
I've heard of skin bridges forming later, I don't think it's JUST the initial trauma.
 

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Really, I don't think you can keep that close an eye on your teenage son's penis. You've given him information, and now I think you need to respect his privacy and let him decide how he feels and what (if anything) to do.
i am not trying to "keep an eye on it". i wanted info, pure and simple.
 

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And no I wouldn't "lead" him to restoration sites yet. Let him get a grip on his sexuality before making him feel inadequate by going there. I'm all for restoration. I WISH my husband would but there is a lot of anger (and rightfully so) on some of the message boards. It's a vulnerable time to introduce him to that. If he's mad about it and feeling inadequate then yeah. Go restore. But he may be perfectly fine with his member. It's a slippery slope to project.

I think that's a good point. I would not push restoration either. I think it's important with boys, just as with girls, to encourage communication if they have pain or concerns about their private parts (girls experiencing their first period, yeast infection, etc. etc. shouldn't struggle alone, and neither should boys who have concerns.)

I think restoration is more appropriate for adulthood than puberty, just in terms of the person making their own decision and having the maturity to do all the work associated with it.

I think your son is fine and yes to relax.
 

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i regrettably had my son circ'ed when he was born. i was young, didn't know better, and wasn't told any better. I am now against it. I have apologized to him as well. i feel real bad about it. i was never told about what could go wrong. thankfully there never seemed to be a problem. there probably isnt one now either, but I have a question. How can you tell if they removed too much skin? I have become worried that I may have harmed him in some way (other than the obvious harm due to circ). What do I look for to see if he will have a problem as an adult man? He is starting all the stuff with puberty. He has been having erections and stuff, but has never complained of pain.
Well, first of all, don't set him up with a bunch of questions that make it seem you are worried there is something wrong with him. He is entering the teen years, that means these are no longer issues you deal with. Yes, you made the mistake to circumcise him, but he is getting to the age where the problems are his. Attempting to get involved now is too late.

But there are still things you can do. What you can do is make sure you have healthy, open communication with your son. Make sure he goes to a foreskin friendly doctor, and that he also feels comfortable talking to that doctor. That way, if he has any problems with his penis he will feel comfortable enough to talk to some one about it and trying to find the closest thing to a resolution as possible for whatever problem he has.
 

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Well, first of all, don't set him up with a bunch of questions that make it seem you are worried there is something wrong with him. He is entering the teen years, that means these are no longer issues you deal with. Yes, you made the mistake to circumcise him, but he is getting to the age where the problems are his. Attempting to get involved now is too late.

But there are still things you can do. What you can do is make sure you have healthy, open communication with your son. Make sure he goes to a foreskin friendly doctor, and that he also feels comfortable talking to that doctor. That way, if he has any problems with his penis he will feel comfortable enough to talk to some one about it and trying to find the closest thing to a resolution as possible for whatever problem he has.
I agree. Don't go asking him too many questions. Just make sure the channels of communication are open. He already knows your stance on circ. That's good enough for now.
 

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Honestly, you would already know if he had a problem. He's not just suddenly getting erections. He's had them his whole life. You would've noticed skin bridges early on. The skin would've had to heal that way after the initial trauma. If he didn't have adhesions he should be fine.

I disagree with this based on personal experience, and having talked to a number of circumcised adult men. As far as skin bridges, that might be obvious from early on, however once a boy has hit puberty the size of his genitals become larger, and the erections are not the same. Being a partner to someone who has a typical tight midwestern circumcision I can say what we now know are problems caused by his tight circumcision he *thought* were all normal things that all boys experienced.
And, he thought they were all normal and most likely a typical teenage boy is not going to his parents with questions about it even if he suspected something was wrong during masturbation/erections.
 

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I disagree with this based on personal experience, and having talked to a number of circumcised adult men. As far as skin bridges, that might be obvious from early on, however once a boy has hit puberty the size of his genitals become larger, and the erections are not the same. Being a partner to someone who has a typical tight midwestern circumcision I can say what we now know are problems caused by his tight circumcision he *thought* were all normal things that all boys experienced.
And, he thought they were all normal and most likely a typical teenage boy is not going to his parents with questions about it even if he suspected something was wrong during masturbation/erections.
exactly. i thought that since puberty was changing things that something could crop up that we were previously unaware of. i dont want to examine him or anything, i just want to know what to say to him about what he should watch out for, or what he should be aware of. i want to tell him stuff without upseting anything.
 

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IBeing a partner to someone who has a typical tight midwestern circumcision I can say what we now know are problems caused by his tight circumcision he *thought* were all normal things that all boys experienced.
And, he thought they were all normal and most likely a typical teenage boy is not going to his parents with questions about it even if he suspected something was wrong during masturbation/erections.
May I ask what kind of problems he had? I'm curious to know what kinds of things came up, for future reference for my 2 oldest boys. Thanks!
 

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May I ask what kind of problems he had? I'm curious to know what kinds of things came up, for future reference for my 2 oldest boys. Thanks!
Keep in mind he had the "traditional midwestern circ" which is rather agressive unfortunately. And, even for those who have less agressive circs, some men are "growers" as in they expand more than 50% when they have an erection. There's no way for the doctor to know that at birth.

Apparently there were a lot of negative sensations during masturbation that he didn't know where not normal until he gained enough skin from restoration. Also he used to have "injuries" from typical teenage behavior/exploration...the skin would sometimes split, chafing, irritation. There would be pain and tenderness at time.

The thing to remember is that during an adult erection you want them to have a lot of slack skin. If they have an erection and there is NO movement to the skin whatsoever (to the point that the scrotal skin is drawn up actually) that is a BAD sign. Masturbation should be pretty much effortless and non-irritating in it's normal state. It *may* be very wise if either of them have very tight immobile skin during an erection to suggests at least manual restoration (to gain some slack--they won't get as many 'injuries' that way) and some lubrication, like coconut oil. Masturbation with the circumcised penis is not the same as the natural penis, also, but I don't know how much I can get into that (UA considerations). Let's just put it this way, cut men/boys have to work much harder at it and be rougher, while those of us who are intact (like us women even) it doesn't take a lot of effort, there are a few peak intensity areas which evoke a *very* strong response. Intact individuals don't have to work so hard, it's more about what areas we concentrate on. The majority of men who are circ'd have had either their frenulums removed, or deadened by cutting (consider that the frenulum is often known as the "male clitoris" it evokes that sharp electric response that we women get with ours) and the vast majority of inner foreskin removed. Those areas are where the fine touch receptors on the penis are primarily located, since they are gone, they need to have many more areas stimulated more roughly to climax. It's a lot easier to pass that threshold in the brain when you have more sensitive nerve tissues to stimulate. And when there isn't much or any skin slack, and the area is treated roughly that can lead to injury.

Keep in mind this *does* get significantly more difficult for circumcised men as they age as well. Hormone tripped up young boys are at their peak (18 is the male's peak for a reason) and can compensate in other ways. Even older cut men do as well, a while back I read research that stated that circumcised men had higher levels of porn use, alternative sexual behavior and masturbation. It seems needing to compensate becomes more important with age.

I hope I was able to express the concerns without getting too specific.
 
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