Foreskin: Normal, Healthy, & Valuable

There are lots of myths about foreskin in American popular culture, but in reality, most men around the world live healthy lives with intact penises. They don’t have trouble staying clean or finding sexual partners, and they are generally very happy that no one has stolen an important part of their genitals.

To learn more about foreskin, watch one of these short videos:

Functions of the Foreskin

Also, check out foreskinfunction.org if you’re curious about the 16+ functions destroyed by circumcision.

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Beware! Forced Retraction

Never pull back or wash under a child’s foreskin. Doing so will wound the penis and may cause infections, which can lead unethical doctors to recommend foreskin amputation. Simply leave the penis alone to develop normally.

Some medical professionals might try to forcibly retract your child’s foreskin. Do not let them. They do not understand the normal development of the human penis.

In young children (and some teens) the foreskin is fused to the head of the penis, like a newborn kitten’s eyelids. It will retract naturally over time, when the owner of the penis is ready to retract it. For more details, see Your Whole Baby’s Basic Care Of The Intact Penis.

If your child has been subjected to premature forcible foreskin retraction, please follow this advice from our friends at Doctors Opposing Circumcision.

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Foreskin Restoration

Although several functions of the foreskin are permanently destroyed by circumcision, others can be restored with non-surgical stretching techniques.

With gentle tension over long periods of time, the remaining shaft skin can be expanded to simulate a foreskin. This protects the head of the penis from abrasive clothing and extreme temperatures, and also restores the mechanical functions of the foreskin, which glides to and fro during sexual activity.

Many men have success with no-frills manual tugging, and there are also a variety of affordable restoration devices on the market, which can be worn under your clothing throughout the day. Foreskin restoration should not cause any damage. If it hurts, you’re doing something wrong.

For more information, see the Beginner’s Guide to Foreskin Restoration.

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