Arg! Phony Phimosis Diagnosis

arg! I have a friend who chose to keep her son intact/uncircumcised. This is great! However, her son’s Dr told her to pull the skin back or retract the foreskin once he turned 2 yrs old. He is now almost 5 yrs old and is still non-retractable and the Dr has told her he may need a partial circumcision! AHHHHH!!

A boy’s foreskin is FUSED/ATTACHED to the glans/head of the penis at birth. The time frame varies from boy to boy when the natural separation occurs. In some boys from birth the foreskin is retractable and in others it becomes retractable at 2-3 yrs old but rarely, some men are never retractable and never have a problem. As long as urination, erections and [eventually] sex are not painful and infections are not occurring then surgery/amputation/circumcision is not necessary on a minor or even an adult. If the person with the non-retractable foreskin chooses as an adult to get circumcised because of a medical condition or because of sexual preference, that is fine. It is his right to choose.

I understand that sometimes there is a true medical need. I would not deny surgery, even circumcision of a minor if it was necessary. However, so many parents and doctors don’t know the correct and proper care of the intact penis and they circumcise the child based on bad information.

I cannot control what my friend does. Maybe a partial circ is better for her son. Who knows? I can only provide her with the info and pray for her and her son.

an informative blog article I like on this topic: peaceful parenting: The Phony Phimosis Diagnosis :

warning this link contains pictures of healthy and unhealthy infant genitals


eMJA: Treating phimosis. :






3 thoughts on “Arg! Phony Phimosis Diagnosis

  1. I’m peeved that the mja link above is no longer accessible to non-members…..
    I can’t find any other good comparative links between normal Infant phimosis and abnormal problematic infant phimosis..
    Basically, normal has “pursed pink lips”
    When attempting retraction And abnormal is flat and may have a white-ish ring when attempting retraction.

    Either way you should NOT be trying to retract a young child or infant.

  2. My son was born in 1981, and being an unhappily circumcised man myself, I was adamant that he remain intact. We were instructed by our doctor to gently retract each night in the bath (I now know that this was bad information, but pre-internet there was no accurate information available). By the age of 7 he was about 75% retractable, but then one night he got a little slit in his foreskin which obviously stung. Our (new) doctor said to just leave it alone and not to retract. Fast forward to age 11, when I was woken up one night with him calling me and crying. He had gone for a pee and was holding his penis, letting the urine out very slowly as it was hurting. At the clinic they diagnosed a UTI and prescribed antibiotics which cured him in a day. However it was noted that he was no longer retractable and his foreskin was tight like a newborns. Our (different again) doctor referred us to a urologist. This man arrogantly stated that my son must be circumcised. I argued as best I could based on gut feeling and he ended up walking out. My wife believed that our son did indeed have a problem and 5 months later he was circumcised. I refused to go back.

    What makes me so angry about this is that after getting access to the internet, I have discovered that the average age for retraction is 10 1/2 years old, so my son was perfectly normal. There are many methods to treat a tight foreskin that do not involve the loss of any tissue. These include the use of Betamethasone cream and stretching, to various methods of preputioplasty. By 1992 papers had been written on all of these, so why were we not offered any of these solutions that preserved the foreskin? That urologist was either decades out of date or had a fixation with removing foreskins.

    I have also seen a statistic from Finland – a nation that does not circumcise – stating that only one man in 16,667 will die without his foreskin. Those are pretty good odds and prove that any issues can be managed medicaly rather than by amputation. There s something seriously lacking in the knowlege of normal male genitalia within our medical system in North America

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