Øster reported on a group of boys after 7 yrs. annual education about foreskin retraction, consequently only 1.4% suffered a degree of phimosis. Education obviously results in less problems.

Full circumcision (particularly for infants) is a ridiculous treatment or prevention for any form of phimosis.
Those who follow Abraham are asked to please consider using his methods of partial circumcision.


The medical profession needs some sort of guideline about what to check for. - to ask the boy to retract his own foreskin and then to check the frenulum is the essential test. Checking the frenulum would reveal any other condition - (except a relative phimosis, however if no ring is visible when flaccid, then this will not lead to paraphimosis).

The most appropriate attitude would be to always ask the boy to retract his own foreskin, (for a variety of reasons which are discussed in prevention). BUT, when the boy is asked, does he understand the question? If not, then the idea that an important part of his manhood lies hidden, is probably not apparent to the boy.

The doctor is truly in the position of leading an important part of the boy's initiation into manhood. It may be a good idea to tactfully inform the boy that the foreskin normally retracts, and first give the boy a little time to get used to this new idea.

See: How Not To Check reports of checking in Germany.