Circumcision Not Recommended

Not knowing how to care for the intact penis is a common, but poor, reason for circumcision, especially since there isn’t that much to learn. Many American men, women, and physicians have probably not seen or touched an intact penis. It’s not your fault. Medical and high-school textbooks, and parenting baby books show the circumcised penis as an example of what the penis looks like. And, they generally don’t offer good advice on how to care for a foreskin.1 Learn more on our What Is the Foreskin page.

The foreskin evolved for a purpose: like the eyelid, it protects, moisturizes, and glides; like the lips, it is laden with fine-touch nerve endings; and like the nose, it is strange looking if you've not seen one before.

CAUTION: Never forcibly retract (pull back) his foreskin or allow anyone else to do so! It is painful, and can lead to infections and adhesions. Stay with your boy during all medical examinations, and state that his foreskin should not be retracted. Your son should be the first and only person to retract his foreskin.

This information has been reviewed by our panel of experts and other trusted advisors, however, it is not a substitute for professional medical, legal, or spiritual advice.

  1. Bollinger D. The Penis-Care Information Gap: Preventing Improper Care of Intact Boys. Thymos, 2008;1(2), 205-219.
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