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Can't pull back foreskin

Hi, I'm 14 and ever since I was young I have never been able to pull my foreskin back whatsoever, it's as if the end of the foreskin is kind of glued together. I can't even see the head of the penis when I try to pull back, the foreskin just kind of stretches. There is no pain and no peeing issues. I was wondering I feel this was anything to be worried about and what I should do about it so I can pull it back. Help would be appreciated, thanks!

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Well if there is no pain or problems urinating it's not causing, however you should be able to retract your foreskin to clean. But if it's not causing you a problem I wouldn't worry too much.


I'm worried about how I can't retract my foreskin at all


At your age not being able to pull back should not be an issue. Try gentle stretching whilst in the bath or shower and possibly cortisone creams. If you are in no discomfort I would leave alone, so to speak. I was in my late twenties before I could pull back and there are those who believe when you urinate the flow cleans the inside of the foreskin ? If you are in pain or are worried go see your Doc.

Good Luck


Okay, thanks for the help


It seems like you are one of the many young chaps who has a tight foreskin. I had a similar issue during my early teens and although my foreskin did eventually become a little less tight, I continued to suffer from the condition beyond my teenage years. I had been to the doctor many times during that time. I was told that I should try stretching the skin and apply prescribed cream. This did not work for me and I eventually asked to be referred to a specialist. I was circumcised at the age of 24. I felt frustrated and disappointed that it had taken so many years to get to that point. However I have no regrets about being circumcised, it really helped me to move on. You should seek medical advice and talk to your doctor about what is best for your situation. You can then choose the option that is right for you. I certainly don’t think you should ignore the symptoms in the hope that they will disappear in a few years time.


get yourself a tube of hydrocortisone cream available over the counter and it will help the foreskin stretch up


You don't need a full circumcision and don't let anyone tell you otherwise, I had a similar problem and ultimately had my frenulum cut which solved the problem. The frenulum is the piece of skin which joins your foreskin to your penis much in the same way as the underside of your tongue does in your mouth.


Do not worry. You are normal for your age. Your foreskin is still developing. It will retract later. You don’t have phimosis You have a normal non-retractable foreskin due to your age.

You are blessed with a protective, highly-innervated, erogenous full-length foreskin. Many unforeskinned guys would envy your foreskin. You display great wisdom in wanting to avoid circumcision.

You should thank your parents for protecting your physical integrity. Because of your physical integrity you will be able to have sex the way nature intended it.



Do not be misled by those who want you to have part of your penis cut off.

Every male starts life with a tight, non-retractable foreskin. Some get looser automatically and some need a little help.

The foreskin is supposed to be tight and non-retractable in childhood so that it provides protection, but it is supposed to retract and glide back and forth in adulthood. Teens are in transition between childhood and adulthood so frequently the foreskin is still non-retractable.

It is not necessary to have a foreskin that will retract. Some men live their entire lives with a non-retractable foreskin. They can masturbate, have penetrative sex, get married, and father children with a foreskin that does not retract.


You may clean non-retractile foreskin with a rubber-bulb ear syringe. Just fill the syringe with lukewarm water and squirt it into the foreskin.

It is easy to make your foreskin wider and looser by manual stretching.


Almost all boys are born with a foreskin that does not retract. This is normal. It takes years for the ability to retract to develop. About ½ of boys have a retractable foreskin by 10.4 years of age. Many adolescents still have foreskins that have tips that are too narrow to pass back over the penis head. These foreskins may be gently stretched over a period of time to cause them to widen. In most cases, the foreskin becomes retractable by age eighteen.

When your penis is erect, gently pull your foreskin back against the head of the penis. As the head attempts to pass through the foreskin it will stretch the skin a little. Do this several times every day and in a few weeks or months your foreskin will widen and you will be able to retract your foreskin. Do NOT force retraction. Do NOT cause yourself pain.

It works by tissue expansion. Stretching skin induces “mitosis” which is a word that means “division of cells”. New skin cells are formed and the skin expands but it takes some time. The increase in size is permanent. Be patient and give mitosis time to work.

The important thing is to put the skin under tension several times every day so that it will grow wider.

Betamethasone valerate ointment, which is available by prescription may help, but it won’t work by itself. Manual stretching is still required.








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