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Foreskin advice

(A little nervous doing this but here goes...)

So, I'm turning on 20 now but I've noticed that my foreskin hasn't peeled back- now I'll answer some question quickly:

- No unfortunately I wasn't selected for any sexual health classes (pretty daft I know)

- I've known for quite aome time but I've been very nervous about appealing to my GP about it

I'd like to ask if anyone else has had problems or can provide tips/advice on pulling my foreskin back manually since it seems my body didn't want to do it for me naturally.

Thanks for reading.

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Hi Ataerei,

There isn't really much you can do apart from keep trying, but obviously stop if it tears. If that doesn't work you will have to see a GP, they usually just recommend a circumcision.

No need to worry if you need to be circumcised, after personal experience it's well worth it.


I sympathise with you because, like you, I too suffered from phimosis into my late 40s. But in my case it was aggravated by injury to my foreskin when I was a boy.

Nevertheless I was able to urinate and ejaculate without a problem. If the same is true for you there's no need to worry. However, the downside is a distinct chance that sexual intercourse won't be as pleasant for you (or your partner) because a naturally loose foreskin plays an important part when penetrating a vagina. Nonetheless, I fathered my three children with a phimotic (tight) foreskin, but it was painful for me.

My phimosis remained until a scary incident of paraphimosis occurred after sex. This compelled me to visit my GP, hoping for some advice and help to loosen my foreskin. Instead, she examined me and immediately referred me to a urologist for circumcision.

This was several years ago. Today, doctors think twice and will prescribe an alternative before circumcision is contemplated - as follows from NHS Choices:

"Topical steroids (a cream, gel or ointment that contains corticosteroids) are sometimes prescribed to treat a tight foreskin. They can help soften the skin of the foreskin, making it easier to retract."

So Ataerei, please visit your GP.


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Do you mean it is still attached to the glans (adhesion), or it is just too tight to retract (phimosis)?

See a doctor - if you still have an adhesion (which is normal for children) you shouldn't try to forcefully retract your foreskin.

Don't jump into the idea of circumcision without doing your research, it removes a lot of sensitive tissue that (arguably) contributes to better sex.


Topical steroids e.g. Betnovate are certainly worth trying combined with gentle attempts at retracting


I had the same thing all my life , I left it until I was 30 to do anything about it and I regret leaving it so long. It was difficult going to the Gp and out of nowhere I burst into tears because it was so good to finally get something done about it. At first they gave me steroid cream but it wasn't doing much so eventually I opted for circumcision and it was the best thing I've ever done. Yes the first week after is very uncomfortable but after that I felt like a whole new person with much more confidence in the bedroom


Hi Atarrei. Hope you don't mind me enquiring where you got that idea that like a flower your foreskin would open out and retract behind your glands naturally without first manual stretching. I thought regular pulling back was essential to stretching the 4 skin and getting that natural roll back on erection.

Am I incorrect?


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