Phimosis – Diagnosis Conditions and Treatment Options

Phimosis is a condition that occurs in all ages of men, where the foreskin does not fully retract over the head of the penis. The non retractable state can be considered normal for males up to adolescence. It is possible to acquired phimosis from damage or scarring to the penis, it can show as a white ring around the tip that is hardened non elastic skin. It can also be caused by narrowness.

Some men may have trouble during sex and masturbation, even pain. If this happens once, let it heal. If it happens continually you will want to take action. Seeking a doctor is always the best step, but here we go into depth on some home remedies that may work, or get your started.


Phimosis in older children and adults can vary in how severe the case is, with some men being able to retract partially and other unable to retract at all. There are two main practices of altering phimosis, surgery and non surgical. Curing is not mentioned because it is not an ailment, disease or sickness. Phimosis is usually not a major health concern as in early stages of life it naturally can take place.

Non surgical practices of altering are:

  •      Applying a topical cream such as hydrocortisone and betamethasone for a period of 2 months to the narrow part of the foreskin. It is the least costly and said to be the most effective. Success rates of up to 70% have been seen, but do not get discouraged if it does not work for you. You can combine this with stretching for even better results
  •      Stretching. It can be manually accomplished with stretching balloon devices and surgical stainless steel hand stretchers. Skin that is under tension naturally tends to expand by growing more cells. This treatment is generally painless and non destructive. Also combine with a topical cream for faster results.

Surgical practices include:

  •     Circumsision is performed, it is effective but some men shun at the idea.
  •     Ventral slit, and dorsal slit. These are alternatives you may discuss with your doctor as they are very uncommon. These methods are more extreme and have more side effects and risks to the procedures. Take note that you will have stitches in your penis, and you may have a scar afterwards. Not the most pleasant or comforting thing to hear but you should know the truth of the matter.

Stretching techniques

  •     The simplest method and easiest with an erection is to pull back on the skin so that the opening feels tight and stretched. This will be a difficult task to do at your home manually, their are stretching guides and tools that will inform you the proper way to do this and see results.
  •     Grab each side of the opening of the foreskin and pull each side, or insert a finger if possible. Stretch the opening in this way until it feels slightly uncomfortably stretched. You should purchase one of the available tools or guides for this task to make it a safe procedure.

Without proper foreskin stretching education it is very possible to cause damage to your foreskin, requiring painful drastic surgery. When proper guide is followed, it could be a much easier process than going to a doctor in which case he will recommend circumcision. This is the last area men want to have surgery.

Without proper tight foreskin stretching instruction it is possible to damage the foreskin, requiring drastic surgery. When proper instructions are carefully followed, however, it is much more safe than going to the doctor in which case you are nearly guaranteed the total circumcision of your foreskin; obviously a body part most men consider quite important to their lives.

Do not feel like you are alone if you have phimosis, there is help. Phimosis could be the one thing stopping you from being open with a women. It could be very embarrassing to have to explain it to a women, and you may not be socially accepted.

A tight foreskin can last throughout life and not cause any trouble at all. It’s always your decision which path to choose. If you have trouble urinating, get infection,  pain during erections or sexual intercourse it is best to see a doctor. Don’t be scared of visiting a doctor for something this personal, they have seen it before and they do not judge you.

Some Facts:

  •     Most infants are born with a foreskin that does not retract and may even stay tight until after puberty
  •     A retractable foreskin occurs in only 50% of twelve year olds, 90% of 16 and up to 99% of 18 year olds.
  •     Most males are able to draw back the foreskin by age three
  •     Phimosis is occasionally hereditary

It is suggested that any major decisions such as surgery not be decided until after puberty because the reaction to the over use of circumcision as the main treatment option. Many unnecessary circumcisions are made because of this. Many health professionals make the mistake of trying to forcibly stretch an infant or young boys foreskin and thereby damage it. The only person who should stretch and clean the foreskin is the boy himself. Bath products and chemical irritants can cause the foreskin to tighten and should be avoided.

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