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Opinions on my Phimosis situation



I am 18 years old, and I have a tight foreskin.

I saw a urologist two days ago, and he basically said I need a circumcision. He said steroid cream will probably not work, although he did prescribe me triamcinolone 0.1% and told me to try it for a month.

Now, I would like to avoid a circumcision, as I have read that it greatly reduces sensitivity and pleasure.

When flaccid, I can retract the foreskin 3/4 of the way down the head. I cannot retract it much when erect.

Considering my situation and the state of my phimosis, do you think that stretching/cream will fix the problem, or should I get the circumcision?

Thank you.

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Sounds very similar to my situation. If he is telling you try for a month also give stretching a go. It's doesn't work for all but it has worked.

Unfortunately it did not work for me and I had to have a circumcision due to the irreparable damage it caused. I'm nearly three weeks obviously yet to 'try' it out. But at the moment I didn't feel it was a bad decision I made to go ahead with the surgery

Mixolydian in reply to Rory87

Thank you for your reply, and I'm sorry stretching didn't work for you. My main concern with the circumcision is the reported loss of sensitivity, so please let me know how it ends up turning out for you.

I had phimosis at 17 years old. At first i thought that circumcision was a bad decision and that i wouldnt enjoy sex. After i got circumcised i saw that this was the best decision i ever made.

Mixolydian in reply to Clutonny

That is good to hear. Is the head still fairly sensitive after the circumcision?


go for the cut best decision I ever made cream worked for like a month then went back to as it was mine felt tighter

Consult the charity 15 Square. 15square.org.uk They have doctors who will advise you on technques to help you avoi circumcision. Circumcision should be your last resort.

I had the same procedure, and after masturbating once after it I could hardly walk cuz of how good it felt. I believe pleasure is mostly mental, and getting circumcised was probably a good decision for me.

I also got circumcised a few years ago at 17. Before the op I tried the cream and the stretching too but nothing helped. I finally got cut. I think it was one of my best decisions ever! Don't listen to the anti-circumcision people. A lot of them aren't even circumcised themselves and those who are have been done as a baby and have no comparison whatsoever. Circumcision certainly doesn't reduce pleasure, on the contrary!

Many young men have fixed their foreskins with manual stretching. You can also.

• You should consider the nature and function of what you would cut off.


• You should consider loss of sensation.

• You should consider the life-long loss of sexual pleasure.

• You should consider the pain and difficult recovery.

• You should consider the possibility of a horrible mutilation.

• You should consider manual stretching to make your foreskin retractable.

It is not necessary to tell your parents. Actually, it is better if you don’t. They might take you to get circumcised, which is the last thing you want.

Please do not worry. You are normal for your age. Your foreskin is still developing. You don’t have phimosis. You have a normal, non-retractable foreskin due to your youth. It is not uncommon for teen guys to have a foreskin that does not retract.

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.

There are three possible reasons that a foreskin will not retract.

1. The tip of the foreskin is too tight to pass back over the head.

2. The frenulum is too short to permit retraction.

3. There is a fusion or adhesion of the inner foreskin to the glans penis.

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 grows 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.









Man what a set up by that doctor. He’s flat out lying to you. If you really don’t want a circumcision, don’t go back to him.

The medicine he gave you will facilitate stretching. It must be used sparingly and be applied only to the tight ring, rubbed in completely. Use it twice per day, after stretching.

Stretching techniques can be learned at drelastic.com. For fastest results, begin each day with a ten minute session. Repeat thre more times for five minutes each.

An alternative method is to use skin tunnels which are marketed at phimocure.net.

Your innate resistance and what you’ve heard is correct. Circumcision would remove some 20,000 nerve ending which impart feelings of pleasure during sex. Your foreskin is worth the six weeks or so you’ll invest in helping it mature.

If you wish personal guidance, contact me at willywellbeing.com.

Hello Everyone,

First of all, thanks to everyone who responded. I appreciate your thoughts on both sides - circumcision/anti-circumcision.

Today was actually a big improvement, because for the first time every, I was able to retract the foreskin when I was flaccid, and see the whole head! It was a pretty gunky in there, but I cleaned most of it out, even though the sensitive glans hurt.

I think the stretching/cream is working. Hopefully, soon I will able to be able to retract it when I'm erect!

Bucky85 in reply to Mixolydian

Just keep stretching it until it glides smoothly back and forth when you have an erection.

T-dot in reply to Mixolydian

Keep it up the stretching work almost all the time. You just have to put in the effort. It’s only in extreme cases that you will need a circumcision. Just be careful and you will be fine.

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