With increasingly large numbers of parents keeping their sons intact today, proper intact care both at home and at the doctor's office is vital. Unfortunately, very few U.S. physicians are trained on the prepuce organ and proper intact care in medical schools across the nation, and as a result, this impacts care during family visits today.
Forced retraction is an epidemic in the United States and some parts of Canada today. This should not be the case. There is ample research currently available for physicians to become fully informed on intact care, and the many myths that surround retraction and circumcision.
We encourage you, as parents, to read up on intact care, retraction, and circumcision. Be well versed in red flags you may see or hear when visiting your local clinic or hospital, and take proactive measures to protect your son.
What is a 'foreskin friendly' physician? This is a medical professional who has taken the time to review current literature on the prepuce, natural male development from infancy to adulthood, and proper care of the penis in its normal state. S/he will not forcibly retract your child or encourage you to do so. S/he knows that the average age of retraction is 10 1/2 years of age, and that some boys do not retract until after puberty. S/he is well aware that the prepuce and glans are organs fused tightly together at birth, and they may or may not loosen in toddlerhood and early childhood on their own. S/he will not tell you to retract or clean, because this physician knows the prepuce is a self-sustaining organ (much like your eyelids, organs that also do not need special 'cleaning'). If issues do arise, the least invasive measure of care will be taken. For example, in the case of a yeast infection, nystatin or a similar ointment would be recommended, not circumcision. In the case of a urinary tract infection, antibiotics would be prescribed, not amputative surgery. Overall, these are physicians who appreciate that the prepuce is not a flawed organ by design, but rather a purposeful and functional one. They are men and women who adhere to a method of practice that benefits even their smallest patient.
An asterisk ( * ) next to a physician's name means that in addition to being a foreskin-friendly care provider, this doctor will not perform circumcision surgery on any healthy infant. This facet of practice is not known of all the physicians on this list.
If you are a 'foreskin friendly' physician, or are a parent who knows of a physician who fits these criteria, drop us an email with contact information at DrMomma.email@example.com or leave a comment below to have your practice added. Other parents in your area will thank you!
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