Making the foreskin retractable

Occasionally a male reaches adulthood with a non-retractile foreskin.

The foreskin usually can be made retractable by: • Manual stretching • Application of topical steroid ointment • A combination of stretching plus topical steroid ointment • Preputial plasty. Male circumcision is an outmoded treatment for non-retractile foreskin, but it is still recommended by many urologists because of lack of adequate information and understanding of alternative methods of relief. Nevertheless, circumcision should be avoided because of pain, trauma, cost, complications, difficult recovery, permanent injury to the appearance of the penis, loss of pleasurable erogenous sensation, and impairment of erectile and ejaculatory functions.

The Development of Retractile Foreskin in the Child and Adolescent

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