Care of the Uncircumcised Penis in Teens
The penis has 2 parts—the shaft and the glans. The shaft is the main part of the penis.
The glans is the tip of the penis. All boys are born with a covering (foreskin) over
the tip of the penis. Some boys are circumcised. This means that the foreskin 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. This includes the
parents' preference, religion, and where the child is born.
In an uncircumcised boy, the foreskin will begin to separate from the glans. This
is called foreskin retraction. This happens naturally while the boy is a baby. Foreskin
retraction may happen right after birth. Or it may take several years. Most foreskins
can be fully retracted by the time a young man is 18 years old. Retracting or pulling
back the foreskin from the tip of the penis should not be forced. If the foreskin
is forced to retract, it may cause bleeding and mild pain.
How to care for the uncircumcised penis
An uncircumcised teen 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 cleaned 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.
Before urinating, always pull the foreskin away from the tip of the penis and return
Always talk with your teen's healthcare provider for more information.