Care of the Uncircumcised Penis in Teens
The penis, the outer reproductive organ of the male, consists of 2 parts—the shaft
and the glans. The glans is the tip of the penis, while the shaft is the main part
of the penis. All boys are born with a foreskin, or a covering over the tip of the
penis. Some boys are circumcised. This means that this covering of skin is removed.
Other boys are not circumcised and may have skin that covers the tip of the penis.
The decision to circumcise a baby boy may depend on many factors, including the parent's
preference, religion, and where the child is born.
In an uncircumcised boy, the foreskin will begin to separate from the glans, or the
tip of the penis. This happens naturally while the male is an infant. This is called
foreskin retraction. Foreskin retraction may happen immediately after birth, or it
may take several years. Most foreskins can be fully retracted by the time the male
is 18 years old. Retraction of the foreskin, or pulling the foreskin back from the
tip of the penis, should not be forced. If the foreskin is forced to retract, it may
result in bleeding and discomfort.
How to care for the uncircumcised penis
As an adolescent, the uncircumcised male should retract, or pull back, the foreskin
and clean underneath it daily. It should be a part of his daily hygiene routine. The
American Academy of Pediatrics states that the foreskin should be cleansed by following
the steps below:
Gently, not forcefully, pull the foreskin away from the tip of the penis.
Rinse the tip of the penis and the inside part of the foreskin with soap and water.
Return the foreskin back over the tip of the penis.
Always talk with your adolescent's healthcare provider for more information.