This site discusses phimosis in its specific forms of phimotic ring, frenulum breve, adhesions or skinbridges. During erection these conditions inhibit the relationship between foreskin and glans. This functionally restricts the erection, and thus has an effect on the sexuality. With our culture's attitudes on health care, it would be appropriate to encourage early prevention.

Jan 2021 : Please read the new summary.

In view of the brutal retraction methods advised by some modern pediatricians (see The passages to manhood it would seem dangerous to recommend this abstract, unfortunately the full text is only in Japanese, I would very much appreciate it, if a native speaker would clarify this very promising study.

We should also note that Oriental men and boys have a shorter foreskin than elsewhere in the world.

Iwamuro S, Furuta A, Iwanaga S, Noda K, Hatano T, Nakajo H, Tashiro K
Department of Urology, Kanagawa Prefectural Atsugi Hospital.
Nippon Hinyokika Gakkai Zasshi 1997 Jan;88(1):35-9

BACKGROUND: No guideline exists on how to treat boy's phimosis. We examined if retraction of the foreskin of the newborn boy's penis could make true phimosis become false phimosis.

METHODS: We taught the mother to retract the foreskin and keep inside the foreskin clean. Exposure degree of glans by retraction of foreskin was defined in 7 grades, 0 (none) approximately III (middle) approximately VI (full).

RESULTS: Of the 538 newborn examined, none had full exposure (VI). All of the 372 cases who continued the procedure, including 2 buried penis, gained full exposure (VI). Average time for full exposure according to the first degree of exposure was 2.94 months (0), 1.78 months (III), 1.22 months (V), 2.32 months average, respectively. No serious complications occurred.

CONCLUSION: Retraction of the foreskin from the newborn period made all the true phimosis to be false phimosis and operative procedures became unnecessary.