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Should I get circumcised if I cant wash behind the foreskin properly (20 YR/O tight forskin)

Hi, I have had tight foreskin for as long as I can remember and always thought it was normal until around 15 years old. Lately I have been having issues with smegma build up which I can clean from the head of the penis but since I cannot retract my foreskin behind the head I cannot clean anything beyond this point. This has always been the case but I have started noticing smegma coming out with my cum after masturbating and wanted to know if this would be a point where I should go to the Dr's now to go after a circumcision?

I went to see the Dr about 2 and a bit years ago but as the problem of my tight foreskin is only really visible with an erection I couldnt show him my issues. He just told me that "it will go away in a few years" but I start university this year and have started getting more sexually active and I worry that if I leave it too long then I will start to become embarrassed and close off from seeking relationships or any sexual contact from others. I dont feel like this problem will just "go away" without anything and I have tried stretching before but it did not help me for the few months I tried it but I am just worried and embarrassed to go back to the same GP's which told me it would go away and have to show them dick pics and badly explain my problem (I get really nervous and struggle to get my point across). If I have to go back is there anything I should say in particular to get them to put me forward for a circumcision as I dont think there is any other way for this issue to go?

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I really think you better should getting circumcised if you can't wash properly behind your foreskin. It's something that doesn't go away by itself. Perhaps you should see an other GP and explain him your problem and ask him to refer you to an urologist.

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Yeah I think I will go to a another nearby GP instead. I have a sexual health clinic within my area also so is it worth going to that or is this a thing you have to see a GP about?

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Yeah mate get it done, I tried for about 10 years and it only ever went back to right after I stopped attempting to stretch it. Do some research and then just book it in if you think it’s what you want. From personal experience, you’re only delaying the inevitable. Good luck.

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Just tell the doctor that it keeps getting stuck behind your glans and it’s causing you a lot of pain/psychological distress so you want to be circumcised.

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Thank you! Yeah like I keep pushing it back but I keep researching it and trying to find out more but its more just hoping I can book it in online or just sign up for it without the embarrassment of seeing the doctor in person but it has to be done I guess

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I had mine done yesterday, similar problem. You can try steroid creams but it doesn't always work. It helped for me for a while and then got worse and the missus was getting impatient. The doctor who did the op said even if have success with it it can still come back in later life. Better to just fix it permanently in my opinion.

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Thank you. Yeah I tried the creams to make it better along with stretching but nothing really lasted for me and no progress was made

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Just in response to one of your other responses, I wouldn't worry about embarrassment. The way to look at it is its the doctors job, they should be professional about it andoes I'd be very surprised if they weren't. Not to mention I did quite a lot of research about it before I decided, it seems to be a far more common problem than you might think.

Also from recent experience, I went private because it was just a lot faster. NHS has long waiting times because it's "low priority". I was quite nervous but they gave local anaesthetic (hurt a bit but just some injections on your bits essentially). Couldn't feel a thing for the procedure!

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Cleaning your non-retractable foreskin is no harder than cleaning your ears. Just get a rubber-bulb type ear syringe and squirt luke-warm water into your foreskin to flush it out.

Have you tried manual stretching with the aid of topical steroid ointment? That should be tried before circumcision because circumcision is a destructive operation with a difficult recovery.

The foreskin is part of the penis. It contains the most important nerves, so it should be protected.

One can have sex with a non-retractable foreskin so it is not imperative to get circumcised.

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Thank you for your comment. I have tried many ways to clean as it has only been a problem more recently but unfortunately its getting too troublesome. I tried stretching when I first went to the GP's with over the counter creams for this and like I said in my OP it didnt work for me as no progress was being made over the period of time I used it (a few months) but I think it has to be done now. I have had sex unprotectd before and it didnt hurt all that much but the whole time I was just worried about hurting myself but its not all too bad for getting a circumcision as there are partial ones you can get but I can still enjoy myself afterwards with a circumcised one.

I just think that I have waited all these years with this and its just finally time to get something done about it

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Intercourse hurts when a non-retractile foreskin is forced to retract. If it doesn't retract then it won't hurt.

Use personal lubricant to make penetration easier.

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Go to willywellbeing.com to get expert advice on non-surgical permanent solutions.

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Just had my circumcision 4 days ago due to having a tight foreskin and couldn't be happier with my decision. :)

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Obviously decide what you think is best for your body. Good luck man.

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Smegma should be washed away once in a while so it does not get smelly. Excessive washing and the use of soap, shampoo, or body wash inside the foreskin should be avoided because it dries out the sensitive tissues and can cause dermatitis. If you can’t retract your foreskin, do not worry. You may get a rubber bulb ear syringe and squirt lukewarm water into your foreskin to flush out whatever may be inside, just as you might wash your ear canals.

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