No Special Care at All for Foreskin?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-23-2011
No Special Care at All for Foreskin?
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Sun, 11-13-2011 - 1:41pm

My son is 3 yrs old and intact. I've never retracted the foreskin. On a recent wellness check, my doctor says the foreskin should be pulled open for cleaning. I thought that was retraction and told her everything I read said not to do it, but she says it's not retraction just good hygiene. I thought the foreskin did not require any special care. Now I'm concerned. Should there be cleaning under the foreskin?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-02-2003
Sun, 11-13-2011 - 7:55pm

You are correct and sadly she, the medical professional, is wrong.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-23-2011
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 12:33pm
Thanks for the reassurance!
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-18-2007
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 9:59pm
The 3 R sound right to and 3 a bit young to be retractable jest let happen over time normal erctions wall take care of it so don't worry about it
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Registered: 01-06-2002
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 11:00pm

In fact the title you gave your thread is entirely accurate. No special care at all is necessary; not even when the foreskin becomes retractable. The penis is self-cleansing. Why would nature make an organ so essential to our species' perpetuation any other way?

The three Rs, so often mentioned by intactivists, is a reflection of the USA's obsession with its perception of 'cleanliness' - perhaps to a fault, especially where the penis is concerned. Retracting a foreskin for the purpose of washing away its natural, beneficial properties is potentially damaging if done too frequently. Boys may play with their penis in the bath because they're naked and it's fun. Some will discover that their foreskin is retractable this way... and the water may briefly run over the exposed glans. No harm done at all. It's the concept of "Retract, Rinse, Replace" as a necessary practice which is uninformed. I think this may be a sad result of America's history of routine circumcision, because one of the many myths pro-circ activists touted was the foreskin harbouring nasty infections and diseases!

Or is it just a matter of odour - and smelling nice? Smells themselves don't carry disease, as the Tudors once thought. Fresh urine is sterile with an inoffensive odour. Before it can become stale any residue is washed out at the next need to urinate. Some of us may think of the dreaded word 'smegma'. Unfortunately the word itself sounds unpleasant, but in fact it's derived from the Greek for 'soap'. It acts as a lubricant, keeping the glans smooth, soft and supple. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties which keep the penis clean and healthy. In pre-pubescent boys it sheds skin cells which aid the foreskin's separation from the glans. These skin cells work their way to the tip of the foreskin and are flushed away when urinating. Fresh smegma is released in a cyclical action and is translucent and odourless. Females produce smegma too. Without smegma the animal world would probably not exist - which includes us!

So the natural penis is self-cleansing and perfectly designed to function from birth into old age as nature intended. Females are equally blessed in their reproductive years. In the UK and most of the rest of the world, parents leave their boys' penises alone, with never a thought to instruct them with any special 'care'. They grow up healthily and happily with their foreskins intact.

By the way, in England older parents remember the three Rs from their childhood at school. It stood for Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic! :smileysurprised:

Christopher

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-23-2011
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 6:58pm

Good to know time and nature will take care of things. This is my only son and an intact penis is new to me and my family (and probably everyone close to me, for that matter). I often get comments from others about how an intact penis is more dirtier and if I don't clean it now, terrible things will happen. I can't help but think that if plenty of earlier generations managed having a foreskin without access to soap, we should be okay, too.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-18-2007
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 8:11pm
It can be Hard if your family not on board. or giving you bad advice. I say asking some one how know. This board or a good MD hopeful one with son how hes a foreskin. Or is that jest wishfully thinking LOL

have good night
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Registered: 10-08-2004
Sat, 12-10-2011 - 5:05pm
someone on this board once told me to treat the intact penis like a finger. Do not retract it, just was the outside like you would was your finger w/ water. If you retract the foreskin then cysts/nodules will form and it can cause problems. Do not mess with it, your son will retract it on his own when he is ready.

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