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 monitor boys before puberty and encourage early prevention.

2012 : note from author: My previous idea of monitoring boys before puberty is impractical, unecessary and now only of historical interest. please see Postscript.

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I have a 9 year old son who is not circumcised and until a few months ago there was no problem retracting the foreskin. Today when I was bathing him I asked him to pull his foreskin back and he could not, at all. It was completely tight as would be a turtleneck sweater pull over your head and tied at the top. When I tried to retract it, I was unsuccessful actually his penis wound up going into his body not out of the foreskin. Does this sort of thing happen so rapidly? Is this a fluke?

First, its not a fluke it happens often particularly around puberty, well actually through the whole childhood till when boys stop growing, ...

There is insufficient research on the causes and cures, and if you surf around a bit, you'll notice merely a variety of opinions on what to do about this situation.

My opinion is offered on

In short in your case, anatomically speaking your son needs a partial circumcision, ... ask if you want a short justification of why, the full reasoning is on my phimosis treatment file ... the relevant point is that at 9 yrs. old your son can make his own decisions about this sort of thing, so maybe you suggest it to him ...

Generally speaking I'd say yours is pretty good timing, a few years later after puberty begins, is when it could start causing problems, and then your son might probably feel a bit private and never talk with you about any problem ... so, you can get it fixed before puberty, or at least your son is aware of the possibility of getting it fixed, ... an almost ideal modern initiation ...

you're welcome to keep in touch and tell me what the (Urologist) says