Guide to Treating Phimosis

Does your foreskin retract? Can you easily move it below your glans, and get it back up again? If not, you have tight foreskin (phimosis).

Babies are born with tight foreskin. It protects their penis from contaminants. Skittish parents and doctors often hurry toddlers along using steroid creams. Left on their own, 50% of boys will have full retraction by age ten. By age 17, 99% of men should have already stretched their foreskin all the way down.

If you are an adult and you have realized that you have phimosis, this page is for you. The discovery can be traumatizing. It was for me! I created this blog to help you. You can read about my story from the start.

Will it make sex better?

Yes. Phimosis can cause problems during intercourse.

  • When your foreskin is forced down, it can be painful
  • If you or your partner worry about your foreskin getting stuck down or causing pain, then you may be too anxious to enjoy sex.
  • When your glans is covered, you will not experience the gliding action of the foreskin. This gliding makes sex more enjoyable with less lubrication from your partner, and the sensation will help you time your orgasm later or earlier as desired.
  • Revealing your glans will give you increased sensitivity and better feeling sex.

Watch this video to see why the foreskin is important for good sex and preventing premature ejaculation.

How long will it take?

That depends on how often you stretch and how dedicated you are. Stretch several times each day, and you can expect to see some results within two weeks. Depending on the severity, it can be fully resolved in eight weeks. Others will need to stretch for many months.

Your foreskin should be able to retract and move back up, when erect, or flaccid, without squeezing into an hourglass shape. (Short video) When that happens, you are done. It is perfectly normal for a foreskin to offer some resistance to retraction, or not retract on its own when erect.

You should continue to stretch for four weeks afterwards, to lock the results in place.

How do I do the stretches?

Can you fit two fingers in? If so, perform this stretch. Touching the backs of your fingers together will allow you to hold the stretch longer without getting tired.

Phimosis stretching diagram

If you can’t fit two fingers in, try to grasp the edges, like this.

If you can’t even grab the edges, then you will have to improvise. You may use two Q-Tips (cotton swabs) as tiny fingers to pull apart. Do it gently, as the thin stalks tend to dig into your skin.

Can’t even fit in two Q-Tips? You can still do it. Look at what I did on my picture page for inspiration. (Warning: contains penis)

Once you can fit a finger in, you can save time by using a flesh tunnel, such as the Phimocure kit, which is designed to cure phimosis, or you can continue with the manual methods above.

Stretch gently, to just below the threshold of pain. Pain is a sign that you might damage the skin. Wounds will contract as part of the healing process, and cause your skin to become tighter.

If the opening is wide enough, but your frenulum is too short, you have frenulum breve. Stretch it using this method:

Stretch for curing frenulum breve
To cure frenulum breve, perform this stretch for a minute each time you pee.

What part do I stretch?

Find the tightest part and focus your stretching there. For stretching to work, you need to figure out a way to get inside and gently pull the tight ring in two directions. You can do that with your fingers or other devices that you feel safe to put into your body. Avoid items with sharp edges, and devices that snap open such as tweezers. Be aware of the risk of injury.

Locate the tightest part of your foreskin and focus your efforts there.

It is not necessary to pull in all directions. All parts are stretched even if you pull only horizontally.

Can I just stretch by retracting?

Most kids and teens will eventually retract their foreskins by repeated attempts. Some adults have reported success with this method. But it has some drawbacks, and there is a far better way.

  • If it hasn’t worked already, it probably won’t work now. Penile tissue is too flexible to provide enough force to stretch adult skin.
  • Accidentally retract too far before you are ready, and it might get it stuck. Paraphimosis can be painful, because you will then need to pinch your sensitive glans for a few minutes to reduce its size and carefully lift the foreskin back over it. Ice can help reduce the swelling.
  • You probably have a short frenulum as well. Pulling backwards will then bend your meatus (the urinary opening), and then you might have problems peeing straight.

 Do I need cream?

Although it’s not necessary, your doctor can prescribe betamethasone cream to help speed up the process. You can read about how it works here.

betamethasone cream

Apply a tiny dab of cream twice a day to the inside of the tight ring, after stretching, and rub it in. This will make your skin produce less collagen, so it is more likely to stay stretched out between sessions. Try not to get much on your glans, but it may be unavoidable.

When Stretching Isn’t Working

  • Use proper techniques. Are you stretching by pulling up and outwards? That is more effective than pulling it down. Make sure you are stretching the tight ring that prevents retraction.
  • Have patience. Did you give it enough time? You should start to see changes after two weeks of stretching every day. A full cure can take one month to a year, depending on your starting condition and how often you stretch.
  • Heal your skin. Do you have a yeast infection? Even if you aren’t aware if it, your skin may be irritated by the fungus and can be cured by using a over-the-counter clotrimazole vagina cream.
  • Give it a rest. Are you stretching too often? Give it 48 hours of rest before resuming. Over-stretching can cause a puffy, thickened appearance that takes a couple of days to heal. The condition comes on so gradually that you may not have noticed.

Can I just get surgery?

Partial circumcision, dorsal slit surgery, and preputioplasty have a high failure rate. In a small study of 22 boys, 8 were unhappy with the result, and 3 went on to further surgery. Preputioplasty is not even offered in Canada due to its poor results. After consulting with his physician, one blogger writes:

He was very down-to-earth when it came to explaining to me why preputioplasty isn’t a service typically covered by government health insurance in Canada. Apparently it was at one point, but men who had it done kept coming back for second and third surgeries because of complications associated with partial circumcisions. He explained that three complications are possible: scar tissue could form, causing a new case of phimosis; foreskin swelling could occur because of disruptions to normal lymph drainage from erectile tissue; and erectile dysfunction could occur (at a higher probability than with circumcision). The government had decided that the risk associated with preputioplasty was too great to offer it as a standard procedure when circumcision leads to the same (or better) functional results.

On the other hand, daily stretching with steroid cream is proven to have a 96% success rate in children. Many men on the Phimosis Discussion Board have treated themselves without the pain and worry of surgery.

Why did I suddenly get phimosis?

The most likely cause is a yeast infection. Yeast is present naturally all over your skin, but it is held back by beneficial bacteria. If you upset the natural balance of bacteria in your body, or you keep it wet more than normal, then the yeast will win the war and grow.

Never use soap on your penis. Wash it using only water.

To cure yeast, go to your pharmacy and pick up a tube of vaginal cream containing clotrimazole. Use the nozzle or a kid’s medicine syringe to inject a small amount into your foreskin every night for six nights.

Canesten clotrimazole cream for yeast infections, in drug store

Stretching is hurting!

Stretching should never hurt. Pain, burning urination, a bad smell, or tiny cuts are all symptoms of yeast. It is important that you make your skin healthy first, because healing skin will not stretch.

My glans is super-sensitive

Many men, especially those without a foreskin, would be glad to have your sensitivity. Your foreskin is a protective environment that keeps your glans moist and sensitive throughout your entire life.

When you have intercourse, you will not notice pain because your glans is designed to glide smoothly from your foreskin into the lubricated smooth environment of a vagina.

Oral sex requires a different technique. Saliva is not a good lubricant. Instead, ask her to use her hands more to move your foreskin back and forth, and put it in her mouth with the foreskin forward. The more practice your partner has, the better it will feel.

You can gradually introduce your glans to touch by running water over it in the shower. For fast results, keep it uncovered all the time, and the sensitivity will normalize within a few days.

I’m happy the way I am.

You don’t have to fix your tight foreskin. It’s part of what makes you unique. Here are some tips.

  • Use a condom during intercourse to prevent the foreskin from being pulled back. You may put on the condom with foreskin forward if you prefer.
  • Use extra lubricant both inside and outside of the condom.
  • Talk to your partner how she feels about it. Worrying about hurting you may be causing her more anxiety than you realize.

I need more help!

Post to the Phimosis Discussion Board. For several years, the anonymous moderators Jim and Paul B. have been helping men with their phimosis and frenulum breve problems.

If you are over 18, you can upload an image to imgur.com and include a link in your post. Do not use the image upload feature of the board itself because your post will not be readable.

Over time, many men on the Phimosis Discussion Board have shared the fastest and safest ways to treat their phimosis that worked for them. I created this site to help share this information in a more readable format. I am not affiliated with the discussion board.

Are you a doctor?

No. I am just good at reading. I am aware of NO medical studies of treating phimosis in adults. In children, the success rate is over 90% within three months. Most doctors will prescribe the same steroid cream to adults as they do for children, but they may be unaware of the need to stretch.

90 thoughts on “Guide to Treating Phimosis

  1. Hey, I’ve seen your latest posts on twitter and you claim that frenulum breve is your only problem now. Is there anything you are doing to treat it and what is your opinion on Frenuloplasty? I can completely retract over my glans when erect but can’t pull my foreskin all the way down my shaft because of the string. I’ll try to stretch it but if I can’t I might go the F-plasty route. How has sex been with just the breve? I’d love to here a update because your blog has helped me so much. I hope all is well for you:)

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  2. What is the difference between phimosis and frenulum breve.Also What are the pros and cons of getting a dorsal slit? I’m also from Canada and debating getting a dorsal slit.

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    1. Phimosis means tight foreskin (difficult or impossible retraction). Frenulum breve means short frenulum (causing the glans to bend downward after retraction). They might be related – guys with phimosis usually have frenulum breve, too.

      I would NOT recommend you getting a dorsal slit. But you can learn more about it on Wikipedia:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorsal_slit

      Why don’t you try stretching (optionally speeded up with betamethasone ointment)?

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  3. Hey, I’ve known about phimosis for a year now. I’ve never done any stretching excerises but I do masturbate a lot. For the first time yesterday I pulled my fire skin past my Corona. I’ve gone from never seeing my head to type 2 or 1 all by masturbating. I still have to pull a bit to get it past the Corona but it is painless. Do you think masturbating alone could fix this? I’m 20 and I didn’t start masturbating correctly until I was 19! Any advice on how to get past the final step and since I have never had pain durning sex or masturbation is it ok for me to have sex with the way it is now?

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      1. Im thinking about trying it, but i’m scared I’ll make things worse if I stretche to the point that I’m type 1. It was cool when I got it past the corona , but it also scared me.I don’t ever want to get paraphmosis. Do you think that is safe if I just leave it the way it is since there is no pain during sex, masturbation or pulling it hard?

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    1. Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea to live with unresolved phimosis. At the very least, because of poor hygiene and its possible complications. I think it’s worth it to try stretching.

      As for paraphimosis, don’t retract fully (or approach to it too much) until you’re sure that it’s loose enough. There also might be the risk that a guy retracts without a problem when flaccid, but then gets an erection and the foreskin isn’t loose enough for that. If you’re afraid of that, wait with full retraction until your foreskin is loose enough even when erect. Good luck.

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  4. Like a forceful yank? When I yank or tug toward my shaft it just reaches a point where it won’t budge. No pain just won’t budge. I can kind of see a string like thing atached near the back of the glans. I think it is my frenulum that keeps it in place. Is there a risk of it shaping durning sex?

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  5. Hey i hv type 4 phimosis …n i m an haemophiliac patient so this isn’t possible for me to do surgery kindly give me the name of that steroid cream which easily available in india…plz help me …

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  6. First and foremost great article. Very informative. I am 20 and think I either have phimosis or a short frenulum as I have never seen the head of my penis. I can pull and pull but nothing happens, it like my foreskin just wants to never be moved.there is no pain when I masturbate or when I have sex (with condom) But I am scared that if I have unprotected sex that I’ll get hurt. I really don’t want to do stretching excerises unless I have to. I also have OCD so i am a bit obsessed with phimosis atm . Can I have unprotected sex with this condition?

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    1. First and foremost great article. Very informative. I am 20 and think I either have phimosis or a short frenulum as I have never seen the head of my penis. I can pull and pull but nothing happens, it like my foreskin just wants to never be moved.there is no pain when I masturbate or when I have sex (with condom) But I am scared that if I have unprotected sex that I’ll get hurt. I really don’t want to do stretching excerises unless I have to. I also have OCD so i am a bit obsessed with phimosis atm . Can I have unprotected sex with this condition? I think I have either type 4 or 5

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  7. First and foremost great article. Very informative. I am 20 and think I either have phimosis or a short frenulum as I have never seen the head of my penis. I can pull and pull but nothing happens, it like my foreskin just wants to never be moved.there is no pain when I masturbate or when I have sex (with condom) But I am scared that if I have unprotected sex that I’ll get hurt. I really don’t want to do stretching excerises unless I have to. I also have OCD so i am a bit obsessed with phimosis atm . Can I have unprotected sex with this condition?

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  8. Hi

    I recently turned 15 and I cannot fully retract my forseskin. Should I be worried, and start stretching, or should I just wait and see what happens?

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    1. There is nothing to worry about yet. But there is no harm in stretching it either. At your age, you can stretch it by pulling it down while erect. If that does not work, use the finger method described in the guide.

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      1. Hello.

        I am 15 going to turn 16 this upcoming November.

        I have a couple questions.
        Should I be worried, or will my foreskin retract soon?

        Also do I repeat the 60 second pulls several times a day or the 10 minute on and offs?

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    2. i just turned 16, for me it still has not fully retracted, you should start stretching because if you don’t it will just mess up your sex life, go to the doctor or try to stretch it without any cream

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  9. Hi,

    I have phimosis from childhood and I’m 25 now. I don’t uses any exercise or any remedies yet to get rid of it and I am still virgin yet. I can pull my foreskin while my penis is not erect. But I can’t do the same when it is erected. It stuck before glan. I am really in tension about my sex life. I want to do sex with my gf. Can anybody suggest me that what should I do?

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  10. Hi there

    I’ve tried looking on this page and some other sites but haven’t found the information I need.

    My phimosis has essentially been fixed by stretching – the issue now is frenulum breve. I’ve been using the technique shown on this site for 4 weeks now but have yet to notice any improvement. The frenulum isn’t fused to the glans but stubbornly refuses to lengthen.

    Some sites are saying that some people find that they can stretch their frenulum while others sites say that other people cannot stretch their frenulum. Is there a reason why? The argument on this site is that ‘skin is skin’ therefore can stretch.

    Does anyone have any further ideas on stretching the frenulum?

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  11. i am 18 now and i am shocked that i have phimosis.can anyone explain me clearly about it whether the foreskin should retract both during the time of flacid or erect or only during erect?

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  12. Hi friends i am 18 now ,i am afraid that i have phimosis and can you explain what exactly phimosis is and the for me the foreskin is not retractable both in flacid and erect state what can i do please help me?

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    1. Phimosis means that you can’t fully retract your foreskin (when erect or even flaccid) so that your whole glans is visible.

      You should see a specialized doctor (urologist). You have two options:
      1. special steroid ointment and stretching excercises (e.g. as described on this blog) – I think this option is worth trying
      2. circumcision

      You should know that according to doctors, long-term phimosis when you can’t wash your glans and foreskin is that it can lead to cancer. I wasn’t aware that I have phimosis until recently. I’m 31 and just resolved my phimosis partially so that I can wash there. And hopefully, I’m OK. But I guess this is individual, so it’s better solve it as soon as possible. Good luck!

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      1. “Can I stretch without any cream?”

        You can try it and see. I guess the result might also depend on how old you are (the younger you are, the better result). But a special steroid ointment generally makes a big difference.

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  13. Thank you for such a informative thing.
    Actually I have my army medical after 1-1.5 month,so how many times should I stretch it to fix this problem🙂 I would be very greatful to you If you reply asap🙂

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  14. Hi,

    I have type 2 phimosis (partial retraction). I am a virgin and I am happy with the way I masturbate. I don’t feel any pain. I feel I won’t feel any pain if I indulge in sex even though I haven’t tried it. Is it fine if I don’t treat it now? Will I feel any pain during sex?. And how can a person with phimosis find out if he has a short frenulum?

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    1. If it’s not causing any problems, then you don’t have to treat it. To see if you will have pain, grab the skin on your penis and try to pull it down. This will happen during unprotected sex, and if it does not hurt, then there won’t be a problem.

      You can only see your frenulum if you can retract your foreskin. If it stops the foreskin from going down, causing it to bunch up or the end of the penis bends down because of the frenulum, then it is too short and needs stretching as well.

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      1. Hi, phimosisjourney thanks for this blog:) I have type 2 or 3 I’m not I can only see a bit of the glans and I have no pain while masturbating do you think I can have painless unprotected sex as you said that type 2 can have pain while having sex?

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    2. “Is it fine if I don’t treat it now?”

      It depends on how old you are and how long you’ll leave it untreated. Doctors say that long-term phimosis can result in cancer if you can’t wash your glans and foreskin.

      But I don’t wanna scare you too much. I wasn’t aware that I have phimosis until recently. I’m 31 and just resolved my phimosis partially so that I can wash there. And hopefully, I’m OK. But I guess this is individual, so it’s better solve it as soon as possible. Good luck!

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  15. Streching excercises by retracting + bethamethasone twice a day (for 2weeks) solved my type 2 phimosis in about 1 week. I feel it isn’t normal yet (still tight and painful), but it is getting better and better day by day (pain is reduced, retracting foreskin gets easier) . I have now reduced the dose to once in 2 days. Patience and some of that miraculous creme is all you need. Don’t give up!
    I just followed my urologist’s (and professor at my medicine school) advice, who as it seems agreed with this guide, and this great blog gave me the motivation and the information! Avoid uninformed doctors who recommend circumcision. Circumcision is just another option of treating phimosis, nothing more!

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  16. I have something like type 0.8 phimosis. I don’t need to pinch my glans to pull my foreskin back, but I still need to pull it. There is definetely no gliding action and my foreskin does constrict behind the glans. I can also retract while erect, but with a slight pain.

    Since I can retract without pain while flaccid and I have a tight frenulum as well, I have figured it might be easiest to do streching by retracting and apply 0.1 % betamethasone to the tight ring and frenulum and leave it so for an hour a day. This way, it ought to stretch both foreskin and frenulum. I haven’t done this sort of thing before and paraphimosis doesn’t seem a threat.

    This page however advises against the retraction method, with the most serious concern being that the urenal opening streches. Could you elaborate this and other downsides of stretching-by-retracting for someone with a milder case of phimosis?

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    1. I had type 2 phimosis (partial retraction) and after some days of using bethamethasone and retracting got me to type 1 phimosis (tight behind glans). I believe the retracting exercise is just what you need! Your problem will get better. You’ll see!😉

      You can leave bethamethasone cream on the tight ring for a whole day! Just don’t use it extensively. 3weeks max.

      Forgot to mention that my frenulum is also a bit short and I am trying with the retracting to stretch it as well. Unfortunately my frenulum seems a little injured and I am afraid. I keep trying stretching it until the point that starts the pain. I think it will work. The only problem, which I always had, is that many times I can’t pee straight. I don’t know. My urethra opening might have bent, that might be the reason… but i don’t really care, that’s not a real problem. The problem to solve is the pain during retracting. The slight pain you mention means a slight problem, which means less work to do to get rid of pain.:)

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    2. The retracting method works for some people. However, once you use the two finger method you will feel how much more effective it is, because you can pull the circle apart farther, and with greater force.

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  17. I think i’ve got type 1 – i had no problem retracting when flaccid but when erect i had to force it hard to retract. So, overall i believe if do the stretch technique for required period, i hope to see some result. My other concern is that my penis is bent downward a bit when fully erect – the vein or something i dunno the name that connect to urethra opening is still intact. My friend said that its because i am still a virgin. Is this right?

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  18. Wow, nearly 29 years of thinking and hoping my dick was like every other uncircumsized one. Recently a friend and I found out each other weren’t snipped ( thanks to our significant others) and once we finally put all BS aside we whipped them out and compared. We both had questions about our members before, but now I was really confused. At least my friend was finally satisfied with his own, prick. But now I had a new idea for a google search, “head won’t come out”. That’s all I had to search, now everything I feared is true, my dick really is different then everyone else’s. I have so many questions.

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    1. I’m 14 and I just realized that I had phimosis because I searched “My dick won’t peel” and holy shit I scared the fuck out of myself because I might have to get circumcised and I’m not looking forward to whipping my cock out in front of my doctor and have him grabbing it and shit, miss me with that gay shit.

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      1. At 14 there is not much cause for worry yet. Just keep trying to pull it back and it should stretch on its own. By age 17, 99 percent have retracted and at age 10 only 50%.

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  19. These types of phimosis refer to flaccid penis or to erection? My flaccid penis has no phimosis, but during erection it seems to me as a phimosis between type 2 and 3. It is painful during masturbation and i can feel that tight ring in erections.You think streching exercises can actually fix it?

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  20. Actually scratch that, I couldn’t even fit a 6mm flesh tunnel! I had to use your method of PTFE tape and a q-tip to get where I am now.

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      1. Thanks for the link, appreciate it. Also thanks for this amazing site, it has truly helped me. Currently on a 14mm Flesh Tunnel, 6 months ago I couldn’t even fit an 8mm!!! Although the site I linked is admittedly dubious, it truly has helped. I’m looking forward to a retractable foreskin further down the line🙂

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  21. I honestly can’t thank you enough. I have type 3 Phimosis (Meatus just visible) and have been doing stretches prior to reading this. I’ve gained some results. I used the two finger stretch you suggested while showering, and right after about 7 minutes, I already knew that this stretch is going to work as long as I do it daily at least twice. I was able to pull down my foreskin a little bit more than I ever have and it made me feel so good and definitely has motivated me with my Phimosis journey.

    Note: I pulled it right after stretching with two fingers and noticed it went down further than it would have. You sir are a life saver and gave me tons of hope. I am 19 and I’m glad I noticed this problem at this age.

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  22. I’m 30 years old and noticed that my foreskin was becoming tight around a year ago, I had never experienced any problems before that. The phimosis was starting to get to the point where it was interfering with my sex life and was affecting the relationship I had with my girlfriend. I went into my local gp and he referred me to go see a urologist. The urologist seemed uninterested and booked me in for a circumcision without even explaining the possibility of stretching. I ended up doing some research and after realising the many possible pitfalls of circumcision I ended up cancelling the procedure the day before I was due to go in. I ordered a phimocure kit over the internet and have been using it for the past week. I have been stretching 3 times daily for 1 to 2 hours each time and I am already starting to notice results. It can be fairly uncomfortable sometimes but I’m certain it will be well worth it in the end. I will be sure to keep you all updated with my progress.

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  23. Hey guys !!!
    Have gone through the blog and it’s great . I have this problem of tight skin past 5 years and yes it is only during erection. I tried many methods of stretching and one fine day I was able to pull my foreskin completely.But later soon again the same happened with the erection. I found that the precum once released the foreskin couldn’t retract afterwards. Where in need to give a great pressure to move my skin without hurting my little Jhonny. Initially I had thick skin all of sudden and I tried to stretch which lead to tear of the skin leading to bleeding. So I resumed the stretching practise some time later slowly as it is getting healed. To be noticed am 26 and past 4 years am diabetic as well. Its quite a condition where any from outside cam correlate my condition of diabetic with phymsois. But to be precise I can pull my foreskin fully when my penis is flaccid. And can’t do the same when erected where I can pull my foreskin little till the little part of bead is seen. Can’t pull it more as I see the skin gets tighten more and more and get stucked up. My girlfriend knows about my condition but though she seen to be encouraging to go for circumcise. The condition is I feel myself worries about having intercourse with her as I am scared of how exactly it is possible with stretching.

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  24. I have read your article and really appreciate the time you’ve put in to write it down thoroughly. I can pull down my foreskin fully during normal conditions but when erect it is type 4 (meatus just visible). I will try your methods of stretching. My question is: does exposing the whole head with round ring satisfy woman more? I never had intercourse so I am unaware of it. I don’t want to go for circumcision.

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    1. When the foreskin can glide more easily up and down, it serves as mechanical lubrication. This lets it feel better for the woman because she does not have to be as wet during sex. This applies when not using a condom.

      Exposing the glans also adds a new dimension to intercourse for the man. The head seems to be more sensitive to deep pressure, and the foreskin is more sensitive to light touch and friction.

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  25. Alright, so im in desperate need of help!
    So here is my story,
    I started masturbating when i was 15 which was actually the wrong method. i just used to stroke my foreskin up and down without even touching the head.
    So now that i realised, i have type 3 phimosis and i really need help. I am 18 now and my penis head is extremely sensetive with type 3 phimosis. even if i try to do some stretching, due to my sensetive head i cant use my finger or buds in the inside of the foreskin to stretch.
    So i need help for both the phimosis and how to make the head a little bit less sensitive. Also, Is it possible to have sex with phimosis, any precautions ?
    Even though i am hesitant to talk to anyone about this, i hope someone could really help me out?
    Thanks in advance.

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  26. Thanks for the article, it’s really helpfuly. It seems I have type 4 phimosis and looking at your amazing results I hope it wouldn’t be an issue in couple of weeks:)

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  27. Hi, thanks for your great article. It really helps… Small question, would you tell me the brand of the cream you used? I can see the picture you have uploaded but I guess the photo was taken when the tube is turned on the back side. Appreciate if you could letme know the brand name. Or a pic of the front side of the tube would help. Thanks

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  28. Should I fear of paraphimosis while being in the process of stretching? I’m 17 years old with type 4 phimosis and I do worry about paraphimosis. Also do I have to be able to retract my foreskin way behind my head? Or can I just leave my foreskin somewhat on my head after some stretching and still enjoy sex? Any information about everything I asked would be greatly appreciated!

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  29. Hi. I had type one phimosis (tight behind glans). In my case the skin rolls back when flaccid only. The issue is when the penis is erect. The foreskin doesn’t role back. What stretching and cream I should use? I don’t want to go in for surgery.

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  30. Hey there, I have struggled with a tight foreskin for most of my pubescent life and figured it would just ‘fix itself’ as I got older. I am now 20 when I was 19, I decided enough was enough and to solve the problem. I went to see a GP and I was prescribed with Betamethasone 0.1%WW but I never really enforced it upon myself to stretch and apply it regularly and I’ve not seen any results.

    I can retract the foreskin over the glans comfortably when flaccid, but when I have an erection I tend to keep the glans perhaps 65% covered, as it is simply too tight to naturally pass over. I can force it over, but after a while it just feels too uncomfortable and the tight ring of skin begins to cut off circulation. I do not want to purchase a phismosis-cure kit as I believe it’s simply too expensive, however I want to get into a strict regime as the problem destroys my self confidence when intimate with a girl. Sex has never been pleasurable.

    I have read through the blog and all over the Internet for stretching tips and I can manage to pull the ring apart using my forefingers and thumbs but not quite enough to be able to get two fingers in and comfortably stretch by pulling apart. Do you have any ideas of how long this will take and how long you would recommend performing this for before going back to the doctors? I have read up on Preputioplasty and I hate to say it but I’m considering asking for this surgery to solve my issues. Many thanks for being an inspiration (I have seen your progress pictures!) and thanks for a great blog.

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    1. You are almost there. You do not need surgery. It can sound like an easy way out, but the failure rate of preputioplasty is very high, and people often get circumcised afterwards because of the strange look or because the foreskin tightened during healing.

      Keep it up. It sounds like you need a way to stay motivated and turn stretching into a habit. It takes two weeks of routine to form a habit. Set an alarm on your phone, or put check marks on a piece of paper, or do anything you need to do to get in there and stretch for a few minutes four times daily. Since you can fit two fingers in, you do not need anything else to succeed.

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  31. Hey, thank you for this guide.

    I’m a 26 year old guy who has a pretty strange case of phimosis, and although I’m fully insured, I’m too afraid to see a specialist.

    Basically my penis has always been inside my foreskin; all my life. I never got to see my “head” exposed.

    My foreskin opening is a little loose and I used to be able to retract enough to see my head, but whenever I touched it, it stung like crazy. Another strange thing is I saw my “head” but didn’t notice a urethra hole? strange…

    Anyways, I’m afraid I have too unique of a “phimosis” to cure. It’s negatively affected me all my life.

    And I’m afraid if I do the stretches too well and reveal my “head”, the urethra hole will be in a strange place? I know that sounds weird.

    any advice?

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    1. You have nothing to lose by stretching. I too had the problem where I could not see the urethra. After stretching long enough, the opening became big enough that I could see it. It is very satisfying to be able to finally see it and that’s why I recommend stretching.

      It is normal for the head to be sensitive. By touching it you will soon get used to it and it will no longer sting.

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    2. Since your penis glans is covered and never exposed, it is super sensitive, which is quite normal and the sensitivity will reduce with time.

      I can’t tell anything about the urethra opening without a picture of it.

      You should visit a urologist and there’s nothing to be shy about. You will also know if you have a tight frenulum or any other issues. They charge a minimal fee for consultation.

      Good luck.

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  32. Dear Andrea,

    Small kids don’t have phimosis. It’s only during puberty that the foreskin separates from the glans. One can find out if they have phimosis only after puberty.

    So please don’t force the foreskin of your child as there is risk of damaging it.

    I had tight foreskin and a tight frenulum. After doing some research, I went through frenuloplasty surgery which cured my tight frenulum, but the tight foreskin still remained and comes under type 2 phimosis (partial retraction).

    Its almost 4 weeks after the surgery, everything is healed and i ve started stretching my foreskin from past 1 week and have made much progress since then, now it looks like type 4 category. I think i will be able to cure it completely in two more weeks at the max.

    Please note i am also using the steroid cream after stretching for two days now.

    I will update the progress. Kindly ask for any doubts regarding frenuloplasty and foreskin stretching.

    Thanks

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    1. Thank-you for answering! I thought it would be awkward to see a woman writing here and that no one would answer me🙂

      Right, I’m not forcing anything. I started a couple of weeks after birth. I’m just watching over him and keeping myself informed and updated. I’d rather wait for him to reach puberty and talk to him, so it’s something he will be aware of, so he can make his own informed choices accordingly.

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  33. Great blog! Thanks for sharing. It takes some courage to do that, congrats!

    It’s helpful for parents too. I’m the mother of a little boy with a type 3 phimosis (meatus just visible). His phimosis at birth was type 5 (no retraction) then progressed to type 4 and now 3. I only helped few times weeks after his birth and then gave up because he had no infections and has peed normally ever since.

    I’ve never thought of circumcision as I find it traumatic and disturbing to a young man’s life and soul. Plus, it’s his body and I agree to interventions only if health or life threatening. The rest is up to him. He should have the right to decide if and what to do about it.

    Three years ago, when he was born, I found the research stating the same things as you wrote here — about percentages of boys who still have it after they turn 17. Most urologists in my country do intervene. But one in particular had a very good article that encouraged me to wait and not worry for at least 5 years from his birth. One pediatrician said to wait just a year then do something if persists. And he was right, the boy’s body naturally took care of it.

    Now I know where to send him for information when he is older, if it’s something that he wants to look into or change.

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  34. Hi, congratulations for the blog, it’s really informative, and in a light-hearted way which is very enjoyable.

    I would like to ask about what happens during erections for types 3 and higher – does the shaft skin stretches enough so that no pain is felt? I ask this because my father said that from puberty up to early adulthood he felt as if his penis would “blow up” during erections (not sure what type he was though). Was he an exception, maybe because he had less skin that normal (or his shaft skin didn’t stretch as it should during erections), or is this a common problem among men with phimosis?

    Thanks in advance

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  35. So I had found this article and felt I’d share my story. I just now have decided to try to fix what a doctor had ruined for me. I never had an issue with my foreskin before, but wound up through bad partner choices getting genital herpes. On my initial visit to the clinic to get tested to find out what was going on, the doctor thought that some small bumps around the edge of my opening were genital warts. Which they weren’t. She used some sort of an acid that burned away a few layers of skin to remove the bumps. Well as it was healing, it scabbed as skin does when healing. I never thought that it would have made it heal tighter. I’ve dealt with it for years now not knowing that I would actually be able to re-stretch it out. This is a great page and I am totally confident that it will help me. Thanks for posting all this great info, I was always to embarrassed to go see a doctor about it.

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  36. I’ve noticed after having a shower that my foreskin has gone tight, if I try to slide my foreskin back over the head of my penis it hurts, if I try to masturbate it hurts or make love it hurts, is it true I can by cannesten cream and insert it under the foreskin of my penis.

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  37. i am done my phimosis surgery..bt my glans was very paind…if i touch my glan its pain very high….so plz anyone suggest me how i relief to my pain plz..i was help less plz

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  38. Hello! I just can’t thank you enough for taking the time out to write this extensive and highly informative blog. I too have type 3 phimosis for some 3 years now and though my girlfriend knows about it and does not mind (in fact, she is the most considerate and understanding), but personally, I have been going through a lot of depression and anxiety because of this. Where I am from, going to a doctor about diseases related to the genital isn’t exactly encouraged and quite looked forward to, hence, I had spent countless nights on the internet trying to look for some information that might be of help. I did try betamethasone cream with 0.05% steroid cream content, but did not get the opportunity to regimen the practice of application of the cream and the stretching excersize. However, one thorough read of your blog provided me some critical information about the best way to go about it and most importantly, instilled some hope and confidence that things may not turn for the worse and indeed, even be better.
    Thanks a lot for this blog.

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  39. Thanks for making this guide. I think I have type 3 Phimosis. I looked at a ton of pictures to understand my situation better but I found that my glands are more reddish than pink. It’s not very painful to touch, but its definitely not pleasant. I was wondering if you knew anything that could help. Thanks!

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  40. I have had phimosis for the last seven years. Initially I had no problem in retracting the foreskin. Sex was normal. I have two children. The problem started as the upper part of the foreskin suddenly lost colour and become white, apparently losing its plasticity. I got it examined by the dermatologist. He could not diagnose the reasons saying it a sort of degeneration. As the discoloration spread from the upper tip to the middle the foreskin lost almost all its plasticity and the skin became thick in the upper tip. As per your guide, my phimosis appears to be type three- i.e, urinary slit is visible.

    Once I tried to bring the glans out – it was a very painful experience. So I stopped doing that. I use alovera gel- a herbal product. It keeps my organ lubricated and in shape without appearance of further pain. I practice stretching exercise. Sometimes body of the foreskin ruptures with blood oozing out. Use of Alovera gel helps me get over the injury. But the problem remains that I cannot bring the glans outside nor I am able to retract the foreskin. Can you please provide some tips in this regard. Now I am 61.

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    1. It sounds like Lichen Sclerosus. This progressive skin condition presents as inflexible, raised white ivory patches on the skin which grow and band together. The treatment, which is not 100% effective, is a very potent steroid such as clobetasol. Try to get another appointment with a dermatologist for a second opinion.

      Here is some more information on Lichen Sclerosus: http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/Lichen_Sclerosus/default.asp

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  41. Thank you for this. It is a great resource for men who are having trouble retracting. It’s definitely in the realm of something “your doctor will not tell you” (at least, not if you live in the USA). These procedures have worked well for many men. If they don’t work for you, maybe look at http://phimocure.net for the best “device” I’ve seen so far. A stretching plan, such as the one here has medical approval; go to http://cirp.org and search for “Beauge.”

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