Thursday, January 6, 2011

If Someone Retracted Your Son's Foreskin...

Retraction is a normal bodily process that occurs as a milestone. When the infant is born, the prepuce (foreskin) is tightly adhered to the glans penis. This protects the penis by keeping bacteria and foreign particles out. The end of the foreskin acts as a sphincter. When the boy needs to urinate, it opens up, allowing urine to flow out, then closes again.

The only thing required is to gently wipe like you would wipe a finger. Only clean what is seen. Using soaps and lotions can cause the same issues as douching in women. Would you douche your baby girl? Don’t soap up your baby boy either!

American medical literature is sometimes deficient in factual material about the male prepuce organ. This means many doctors are unaware of the correct and healthy way to care for an intact boy.

A doctor should never, ever retract a healthy, intact boy. Here is the American Academy of Pediatric’s statement:

Most boys will be able to retract their foreskins by the time they are 5 years old, yet others will not be able to until the teen years. As a boy becomes more aware of his body, he will most likely discover how to retract his own foreskin. But foreskin retraction should never be forced. Until the foreskin fully separates, do not try to pull it back. Forcing the foreskin to retract before it is ready can cause severe pain, bleeding, and tears in the skin.”

The attorney for Doctors Opposing Circumcision, John Geisheker, will send a letter to the doctor, nurse, hospital or whomever violated your intact boy pro bono (free) on your behalf telling them what they did was wrong and the consequences of it. It isn't a letter stating that you'll sue, but it will be professional, legal and "strong." It is fully referenced, ought to get their attention and should be educational for them at the very least.

Email him at

Before you contact John, you will need the following information:

~The name of the doctor or nurse who did this, the name of his/her practice and their (snail) mailing address

~The name of the hospital where the doctor has privileges, (the hospital where they practice) and the mailing address (even if it didn’t happen at the hospital)

~The name of the CEO or Administrator of the hospital 

~The name of the hospital's risk manager

~The name of the head of the department (OB, peds, emergency, etc) 

~Baby’s name, date of birth, age

~Full detailed narrative of incident, what you were told to do, what happened and what the doctor did

Letters will also be sent to:

~The state medical board in your state

~The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

John V. Geisheker, JD
1727 14th Ave., Suite #5
Seattle, WA 98122
Fax 206. 568. 0566
Cell 206. 465. 6636 


  1. John Geisheker is the co-author of the paper Only Clean What Is Seen - Reversing the epidemic of forcible foreskin retractions.

    A newborn baby has the foreskin fused to the glans. Forcibly retracting the foreskin will damage the penis, causing problems later in life.

  2. I'm not sure how valuable this comment is to the discussion but... at the age of nine, my foreskin was forcibly retracted by my family doctor. I remember it well. My foreskin was tight but the doctor pulled it back over my glans with some force. However, though it was painful at the time, I'm sort of grateful in that my penis has been fine ever since.