Posted by: concerned mom | 2011/04/28



Dear Doc,

I took my 2.5 month old son to the doctor to have him circumcised. However, I was told that it could not be done now because he has a retractable penis. The doctor suggested I do it when he is older (~1 year) as the condition should dissapear. The procedure will then require general anaesthesia and needs to be conducted in theatre.
I am concerned. What is a retractable penis? Will it disadvantage him in later life.
Thanking you in advance.

Expert's Reply



I am not certain as to what your doctor means by the words 'retractable penis' but in many baby boys especially those who are a bit chubby the penis appears small and seems to be pulled back. This is due to a small fat pad around the base of the penis. With time this fat pad disappears and the penis returns to the normal size and appearance.I presume this is what your doctor means by the words retractable penis. If your son has this type of penis it is best to wait until the fat pad disappears before having any circumcision done.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

user comments


Posted by: WJA | 2011/04/29

Perhaps you should allow your son to make this life and body altering decision for himself. There is no medical requirement for male children to have a part of their penis amputated without a valid medical reason.
Leave your son as nature intended and allow him the right to make this decision for himself.

Reply to WJA

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.