Forced foreskin retraction

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Forced Foreskin Retraction means that someone retracts the foreskin of a young male, using force, when the foreskin is still fused to the glans.[1] Forcible foreskin retraction is extremely painful and traumatic to the child.[2]

"At birth, the foreskin is fused to the glans (head) of the penis by a membrane known as the balano-preputial lamina. This membrane, in the fullness of time, will dissolve naturally, allowing the foreskin to retract from the glans when desired by the male.

The age at which the foreskin can easily retract varies widely: some boys are retractable in their late toddler years, but many are well into teen years before the membrane dissolves fully. Virtually all medical practicioners in countries that do not practice routine infant circumcision understand this process and know that to force back the foreskin before it is ready HURTS, opens the penis to infection, and can damage the foreskin itself, causing a lifetime of woe.

In the United States, many healthcare workers are ignorant of these facts. Indeed, due to the prevalence of circumcision in decades of the past, healthcare providers have lost a generation of knowledge regarding proper care of the natural penis. As a result, scores of young boys have been traumatized and injured by those very professionals pledged to protect them. Some professionals remain stubbornly blind to the facts of proper penile care, and some are merely uninformed. Either way, as caregivers to an intact boys, we must continue to promote correct standard of care."[3]

Wright (1994) advises that the first person to retract a child's foreskin should be the child himself.[4]

Help for Wrongful Foreskin Retraction

Doctors Opposing Circumcision offers a very helpful page regarding premature forcible foreskin retraction (PFFR). The page provides information on:

  • First aid
  • Helpful articles on forcible foreskin retraction
  • Filing a complaint[5]

See also

External links

This link provide a photo of the lymphoedema that can happen after a premature forcible foreskin retraction (PFFR), followed by paraphimosis.


  1. REFweb (27 August 2013). The balanopreputial synechiae conspiration - or when medicine reverses 150 years thanks to a committee. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  2. REFbook Romberg, Rosemary (2021): Care of the Intact Penis, in: Circumcision: The Painful Dilemma. Ulf Dunkel (ed.). Edition: Second, Revised. Kindle. P. 452. ISBN 23:979-8683021252. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  3. REFweb (2019). Doctors Opposing Forcible Retraction, Doctors Opposing Forcible retraction. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  4. REFjournal Wright JE. Further to the Further Fate of the Foreskin. Med J Aust. 7 February 1994; 160(3): 134-5. PMID. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  5. REFweb Geisheker, John V. (April 2016). Wrongful Foreskin Retraction, Doctors Opposing Circumcision. Retrieved 18 February 2023.