A new tool enters the mix

Its time to talk about retaining, but first a little background.  When a penis is circumcised, it changes the glans from an internal organ, to an external.  The glans of the penis is supposed to stay covered all the time by a foreskin.  When it is covered in its natural state, it stays shiny and moist and is able to self lubricate to an extent.  It also stays very sensitive, and provides much of the sensitivity during sex.  When a penis is circumcised, all of that goes away.  The glans becomes hardened and almost calloused in a way.  It no longer is shiny and moist, and it loses a great deal of sensitivity.  There is good news though, through restoration and retaining, most of this can be recovered.

So, when you are restoring, you could just wait until your foreskin is restored enough to cover the glans on its own, and within about 4 to 6 months afterwards, you will regain that sensitivity, shine, and moisture.  Or, you could speed up that part of the process by using some kind of a device to keep the skin stretched down over your glans during the times that you aren’t actively stretching.  Like at night when you are sleeping.  That way, you will at least regain a normally functioning glans long before the skin has actually regrown enough to cover it naturally.  It’s like you’re taking a shortcut for part of the restoration process.

You can really use any number of devices to retain, some people use little o-rings, others use a rubber cone, and I have even read about others using a modified nipple from a baby bottle to function the same way.  Regardless, you can use anything you want as long as it keeps the skin held over the glans all the time, and is comfortable.

I just ordered the rubber cone and will start retaining as soon as it arrives.  I could have started doing this from day one, but for some reason I wanted to just start with the stretching and see how it went first.  But now that I’m a month and a half into it, and am convinced that the process will work, I figured its time to start retaining as well.  So the new routine will be to put the retainer cone on whenever I am not stretching during the day, and also when I go to sleep at night.  I’m curious to see if it will actually stay on while I toss and turn all night, so we’ll see.  But either way, I’m excited to start reaping some of the sensitivity benefits long before the skin is fully restored.  It will certainly help keep me motivated to keep the process going.

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Quit dicking around and just get to it

So I talk to a lot of other men out there about my restoration project.  And they express interest, and say they would consider doing it, but that they are taking a “wait and see” approach first to see if I encounter anything along the way that would make it not worth the effort.  In other words, I am the Guinea Pig.  I guess I’m ok with that, but I really don’t see the point.  I have spoken to and read about enough men that have done it successfully, and I fully believe that there is nothing out there that is going to prevent me from achieving my goals here. 

This isn’t some experimental process that some men get lucky with.  It’s been around for quite a while now, and the tools are the best they have ever been.  This process DOES work, and it WILL work with you. It is “tried and true” as they say.  The only thing that varies from man to man is how much time it takes, but from everything I hear, 2 to 2 ½ years is the average.  Some men have taken longer, but that was often due to using older, less effective methods.  One man on the DTR page finished in just over 18 months.  So anything is possible.

By waiting to see how it works out with me first is only selling yourself short.  You too could have a restored foreskin in two years, or you could needlessly wait several months or even years and then start your two year process.  And I say why wait, it’s not like its cost prohibitive, it’s not like it restricts your lifestyle, it’s not like it’s painful.  Just do it, my brothers, JUST DO IT.  Don’t forget that your wives or girlfriends are also suffering from your inaction.  The longer you wait to get started, the longer they (and you) have to wait for the magnificent sex that comes from a restored penis. And that should be motivation enough for anybody to get started sooner rather than later. 

I met the guy who runs the Phoenix NORM chapter this past week, and he is fully restored and said it took him 2 ½ years.  He said the sensations from sex are so much better than he ever imagined they would be, and that the process was so worth it.  It far exceeded his expectations. 

So if you still don’t think you’ll ever want to do it, then don’t.  But if you’re on the fence at all, then quit dicking around and just get to it.  Otherwise I promise you will just kick yourself for waiting. 

It almost shouldn’t be this easy, but I am so glad that it is.

So today is the one month anniversary from when I started.  The last month has been eventful.  So far I have  managed to convince one other individual to purchase a DTR, and I’ve got a handful more that are very close to pulling the trigger.  I have worked hard to spread awareness of foreskin restoration and continue to bring it up with most people I talk to.  Many people I talk to are immediately interested and often ask all kinds of questions.  And while I get that most people haven’t even heard of the idea of restoring their foreskin, I am a little baffled when I tell some people how cheap and easy it is and explain all the benefits and advantages and they still don’t seem to be interested.  Frankly I don’t understand why every guy I tell isn’t jumping for joy at the idea.  Especially if they are married or in a relationship.  Their partners will reap many of the benefits.  In fact, I’ve already posted this link in a previous post, but I’m going to put it here again, because if you have a spouse or significant other who doesn’t understand the benefits of a foreskin or how it positively impacts sex, just read this.

As for progress, I have noticed something that I think is quite substantial.  When I first got the DTR, I could only push the push rod down about an inch at the most, and after a month that has more than doubled.  So much so that the rubber bands don’t supply enough tension with the 4” rod any more.  So I can definitely tell that things are loosening up.  On the one hand this is good because it means its working.  But I don’t really want to switch to the 6” rod because it won’t fit in my pants nearly as well.

So I’ve changed the way I primarily use the device in the meantime.  Instead of relying on the rubber band for tension, I am just pushing the 4” rod down as far as I can and then tightening the tension screw instead.  But I’ve only got about 1/2” of that left and then I will be forced to move to the bigger rod.  But I guess that’s something I’ll just have to get used to.  I can’t yet really see a big difference visually except that the skin is somewhat bunched up around the ridge of my glans.  I also noticed that if you don’t wash the DTR after a couple days, the gripper piece stops gripping.  But a little soap and water fixes that immediately.  This isn’t as apparent in the first two weeks or so since you’re not putting that much tension on it, but after a month you can really crank it down and you need it to be as grippy as possible.

There have also been several instances where I wore my DTR for hours and forgot it was even on.  Once I even found myself bumming out because I realized I had been sitting for quite some time and thought I had forgotten to put it on.  And then I reached down and realized that it was already on and had been the whole time.  This is a sharp contrast to when I first got it and it would start hurting after 30-45 minutes, and with barely any tension.  This is all very encouraging.  It almost shouldn’t be this easy, but I am so glad that it is.  And the fact that it really is turning out to be as non-taxing as I had hoped only makes me want to promote the process even more.  It’s not even like it requires a level of fortitude or “sucking it up and dealing with the pain”, basically all it requires is that you simply remember to put the thing on for most of the day.  And I think most guys can handle that.