Ballooning

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Registered: 01-06-2002
Ballooning
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Sun, 08-05-2012 - 11:31pm

This is a subject that arises from time to time, causing concern among parents with intact boys. As some (many?) of us know, it's almost always nothing to worry about at all!

I must make it clear that I'm English and because we don't routinely circumcise our boys this phenomenon is something we are not unfamiliar with. I have little doubt the subject has been discussed before somewhere in iVillage among American parents, but it's pertinent to the issue of intact care when boys learn to pee standing up.

'Ballooning' is the term used when boys urinate and the flow is momentarily trapped within the foreskin. The skin's elastic nature causes it to swell before the urine is released in a sudden, forceful stream which he cannot control. His attempt to 'aim' is compromised and the result I leave to your imagination! :smileysurprised:

Yet this is nothing more than nature's way of finally separating the foreskin from the glans and stretching the foreskin at its tip to encompass a growing penis.

My eldest daughter came to me, very concerned about her older son and his ballooning. She was a student nurse at the time and had been required to attend the circumcision of a boy only a year older than hers. She was horrified by the procedure and immediately thought her son's 'problem' would mean he would have to be circumcised. Needless to say, I assured her he would be fine - and explained why.

But this incident struck me as an example of why some American parents who left their boys intact at birth may be as concerned as my daughter was that their decision was not the right one. It was easy for me to convince my daughter: she lives in a world of intact males. Not so Americans.

Christopher

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Registered: 12-10-2006
Sat, 10-06-2012 - 10:06pm

My son just turned 5 and his doctor is saying "due to the ballooning, he has phymosis and needs to be circumcized."  He sent me to a urologist who said "there is no way he will ever be able to retract his foreskin, it's too tight."  Granted, it is tight, but he can pee fine.  A Mexican neighbor of mine who's intact along with all of his boys said "does he make pee pee?  He's fine."  

I'm so stressed and don't know what to do.  Everyone is pressuring me into circ'ing and I just don't feel comfortable with it.  What I'm reading online says that ballooning is normal and that retraction doesn't happen until puberty, but then the doctors say "I don't know where you heard that.  HystericalMommy.com or something?"  

Do you have any suggestions on literature?

Thanks!

Mel

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Registered: 01-06-2002
Sun, 10-07-2012 - 12:19am
hatchetgirl wrote:

My son just turned 5 and his doctor is saying "due to the ballooning, he has phymosis and needs to be circumcized."  He sent me to a urologist who said "there is no way he will ever be able to retract his foreskin, it's too tight."  Granted, it is tight, but he can pee fine.  A Mexican neighbor of mine who's intact along with all of his boys said "does he make pee pee?  He's fine."  

Mel


Mel, your Mexican friend is right! See this from 'Intact America' - Look at number 7.

http://www.intactamerica.org/sites/default/files/ForeskinFactsMay2011.pdf

There is a wealth of information about 'ballooning' and why it occurs, naturally and normally.

But please ignore the ONLY website which actively promotes circumcision for all males, child and adult - Circlist.com. I'm ashamed to acknowledge that it's a British, fetish website.  It has this to say about 'ballooning'  -

"Phimosis is present in an infant if the opening in the tip of the foreskin is too small to allow micturition without pain, back pressure or ballooning." (My underlining.).

Ballooning has nothing to do with 'back pressure' (urine retention), nor is ballooning painful. It is a natural and normal part of penile development in many (but not all) boys, as they grow older.

Your little boy is safe in your love for him, intact and perfect as nature made him!:smileyhappy:

Christopher

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Registered: 12-10-2006
Sun, 10-07-2012 - 6:07am
Thanks so much! I'm just so distressed by everyone being so quick to say "oh just cut it already." Really? It's his body, not mine, and I certainly believe that knives and genitals do NOT go well together.

It's funny because the urologist said "back pressure" exactly! Argh! I want to do the best for my son but of course, there is the back and forth "what if I made a huge mistake?" and "This isn't right!"

I think I'll make an appointment for a 2nd opinion with a doctor who is more intact friendly.

Thank you so much!
Mel
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Registered: 01-06-2002
Sun, 10-07-2012 - 10:36pm

Mel, it's simply because I'm male that I can relate personally to male genital issues. I feel privileged to help where I can.

The Whole Network is another American website which grew from small beginnings in California to become, perhaps, the ultimate source for male genital integrity across the USA and beyond. It offers a wealth of accurate  information, articles and links on every subject surrounding male circumcision. (I'm compelled to keep repeating 'male' because female genital abuse is outlawed across almost the whole world.)

Unsurprisingly, The Whole Network has a link to Intact-Friendly doctors in every US State! I don't know where in North America you live, but I hope you can find a foreskin-friendly doctor near you -

http://www.thewholenetwork.org/intact-friendly-doctors.html

I wish you and your son a very happy outcome!

Christopher

"Education is the discovery of our own ignorance." Will Durant


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Registered: 12-10-2006
Mon, 10-08-2012 - 9:11pm
Wow - a whole 4 docs in my area. LOL. But, by goodness, I'll be taking my kiddo to one of them!

Thanks again!
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Registered: 01-06-2002
Mon, 10-08-2012 - 9:55pm

I'm smiling like a Cheshire Cat!

Please let us know the outcome....

Christopher

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