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‘An insight into circumcised men seeking foreskin reconstruction: a prospective cohort study’

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The aim of this study was to present a cohort of men seeking assistance with foreskin reconstruction, with the objective to broaden the general understanding for this specific request. All men between January 2015 and May 2019 seeking assistance with foreskin reconstruction were included. We prospectively collected data on patient demographics and outcomes such as their motivations, treatment trajectory, and experiences. A total of 11 patients were identified and included (age range 20–62). The majority were circumcised during adulthood for medical reasons. Among the most prominent motivations to pursue reconstruction were experiencing impairment of body integrity, feeling mutilated, increasing glans sensitivity and having issues with an imposed cultural or religious identity. Most patients stated that they experienced little support from healthcare professionals and that the Internet was their main source of information. Furthermore, almost all patients practiced penile tissue stretching to reconstruct the foreskin with unregistered devices. Foreskin reconstruction is a scarcely reported topic and is sought out for different reasons. Although rare, these patients experience a heavy burden and will go to great lengths to reconstruct their foreskin, more often so without the involvement of healthcare professions. In contrary to the surgical treatment options, the nonsurgical methods seem promising, but these rely heavily on lay-sources found online.

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Özer, M., Timmermans, F.W. ‘An insight into circumcised men seeking foreskin reconstruction: a prospective cohort study’. Int J Impot Res 32, 611–616 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41443-019-0223-y

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