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How To Properly Clean Uncircumcised Penis

Published: 12 February 2010
Dear TeenHealthFX,
How do I properly clean my uncircumcised penis?
Signed: How To Properly Clean Uncircumcised Penis

Dear How To Properly Clean Uncircumcised Penis,

 

The penis is made up of two parts - the shaft and the glans. The shaft is the main part of the penis and the glans is the tip of the penis. All healthy boys are born with a foreskin, which is basically a covering over the tip of the penis. Some boys have this covering of skin removed in a process called circumcision. Other boys are not circumcised and may have skin that covers the tip of the penis. Generally, it is up to the parents to decide whether or not to circumcise their child. A parent’s decision depends on various factors, such as personal preference, religion, and cultural practices.

If a boy has not been circumcised the foreskin will begin to separate from the tip of the penis in a natural process called foreskin retraction that occurs during infancy. 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 never be forced. When forced to retract, bleeding and discomfort may occur.

Cleaning Instructions:

Teens who are uncircumcised should pull back the foreskin and clean underneath it each and every day. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that the foreskin should be cleaned in the following way:

·         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.

If you have special questions or concerns, or need further information on properly cleaning the uncircumcised penis, then FX does recommend that you speak with your primary care physician or adolescent medicine specialist. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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