What is the foreskin? — The foreskin, also known as the prepuce, is a fold of skin which covers and protects the glans of the penis.  The foreskin’s inside fold is mucous membrane; like the inside of your eye lid and mouth.  It keeps the surface of the glans soft, moist and sensitive.  The foreskin contains 20,000+ nerve endings and a rich supply of blood vessels.  Your daughter has a clitoral hood, which is analogous to the male foreskin.  It serves the same purpose; in her case, the clitoral hood protects the clitoris.  The ridged band encircles the foreskin, where the foreskin’s inside and outside folds meet.

Caring for your son’s intact penis. — Your son’s intact penis requires no special care. The foreskin is fused to the head of the penis, like your finger nails are fused to your fingers.  The foreskin will gradually and naturally separate from the glans of the penis on it’s own.  The foreskin should NEVER be retracted by force.  When bathing your infant son, just rinse the penis as you would a finger; NEVER retract the foreskin.  Dirt cannot and will not be trapped underneath the foreskin, which is fused to the head of the penis, because it is impossible for dirt or anything else to be trapped under the foreskin.  Just clean what is seen!  The only person who should attempt to retract the foreskin is the boy himself.  Usually by puberty, a boy’s foreskin will start to retract. At birth, the opening of the foreskin may be just large enough for the passage of urine.  Once a boy discovers that his foreskin is retractable, he can easily learn to care for it himself; when he’s old enough to bathe himself, he can wash his penis when he washes himself in the shower.  It’s easy as 1-2-3.  Slide the foreskin back, rinse, and slip the foreskin forward to cover the glans.

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See for yourself; the foreskin of the male is analogous to the clitoral hood of a female.  You wouldn’t circumcise (have the  clitoral hood, or prepuce, surgically removed) your daughter, so why would you circumcise your son?  Just say no to circumcision.  There’s no reason for it!


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