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Old 03-22-2002, 06:03 AM   #1
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Exclamation Penis Problem: Swelling of the Urethra

Hi, i don't know if this is just normal irritation or not, but i was masturbating and for some reason my urethra has swelled a little i think, also the two lipped opening is a little red. Is this just normal irritation or should i get it check out? Also, my foreskin isn't trapped behind the head, but for some reason my penis feels a little odd, like part of the tip of my head is protruding, but the skin can cover it sometimes, like for no reason at all my head could protrude and itll get extremely sensitive to any brushing up againt fabrics, thanks for ur help!

 
Old 03-22-2002, 01:49 PM   #2
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OK, we might need a bit more info but I'm going to give it a try with what we have here. Sounds like you're uncircumcised and there are two things going on for you. One, that you are afraid there may be some swelling of the urethra and that may be causing some redness or irritation of the opening. The irritation could be caused from masturbation or from the type of soap or lubrication you are using to masturbate (if you use any lube for that bit of excitement!) Are you having any pain or irritation when urinating or ejaculating? If not, I suspect that this is nothing to be too worried about. If you are, and it continues you may want to see a doc, especially if you notice any difficulty in urinating or ejaculating. As for the foreskin, can you fully retract the foreskin over the head and down the shaft of your penis? If not, then we need to work on some stretching exercises that will help with that. It is perfectly normal for your foreskin to often cover all of the head and for sometimes to only cover part...has a lot to do with the length of your foreskin (yes they are different for each of us!) and even some to do with temperature, age, level of excitement from minute to minute etc. As for the sensitivity...also very common as the head of your penis is covered quite a bit....it doesn't experience the "elements" often....this will decrease as you work more with your foreskin etc. By the way, how old are you?????? That too can have an impact on foreskin and some of what you're going through. However, nothing you've shared seems to be a problem! Welcome and let us keep helping you deal with some of this stuff!

 
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ok, i am uncircumsized, and ive never fully retracted the foreskin down the shaft of my penis, are u serious? i almost did a double take bcuz ive never heard of that, do u mean taking the skin and pulling it down toward the base of the erection near the scrotum? and by the way, ive noticed that my penis was usually 24/7 covered in foreskin to the tippy top and no part of the head was visible, but since yesterday a part of the head is now continuously "open to the air" so to speek, also it gets very dry, well more so than b4, like sticking ur toungue out for 10 minutes or so, is it suppose to dry up? BTW, im 17 going on 18. Any advice, is this normal, why hasnt this happened earlier? Do i have anything to worry about, and btw i have no discomfort urinating or ejaculating, its just not normal to me if this is supposed to occur or not, like for example with the foreskin fully unretracted i am used to feeling a certain sensation while urinating, but now its as if i dont feel it as much and ejaculation remains unchanged. I was unaware that the skin was to be peeled back so much! If thats true, then should i not be worried when in a state of sexual activity if the skin begins to peel farther bck than ever b4? also, the meatus i guess its called the two lipped like opening where u **** from, its sort of redish and almost shiny.

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Old 03-22-2002, 04:37 PM   #4
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i just read an article where quote: "A3 Adhesions between glans, especially the coronal rim, and the foreskin
Oh dear: an email from one of my readers: "When I was fourteen or so, my corona and foreskin were still adhering to each other - a remnant of the childhood adhesions between foreskin and glans, which, I understand, are quite normal. But they have usually separated by puberty, and I had no idea these adhesions were abnormal, until one day when they unexpectedly detached, leading me to think my penis was falling to pieces! Although it sounds funny, it isn't, because my glans has been hypersensitive ever since, and it is painful even to have underwear rubbing on the skin of the coronal ridge."

Again, from Robin Stuart's web-site:

The infant adhesion between the inner foreskin and the glans is natural and normal in babies. This adhesive layer will usually release of its own accord, sometimes this happens before birth, often within the first six months, and usually by the age of three years old. Generally this adhesive layer releases last around the coronal ridge and in the area of the frenulum. There are clearly different degrees of adherence and sometimes full adhesions continues up until puberty and even adulthood. Some boys release the foreskin themselves during childhood or at the beginning of puberty, this can be compared with the sensation of peeling elastoplast from sensitive skin and can be a relatively interesting exploration leading to the welcome discovery of the glans. Sometimes after releasing the adhesions a white film can form on the glans which has the tendency to re-stick and needs regular washing. The intensity of pain which some boys experience when they attempt to release these infant adhesions can be strong enough to hinder any perseverance with retraction. The degree of pain and inhibition this causes is clearly not generally recognized."

Could this be my problem?
What's a coronal ridge?

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OK, you're going to be fine, you've just got a bit of work to do in stretching your foreskin. Yes, you should be able to fully retract your foreskin down over the head of your penis and down the shaft. An erect uncut penis will resemble one that is cut once the foreskin is fully retracted. Also, you need to be able to do this so that you can clean under that foreskin everyday. The coronal ridge will be the part of the head of your penis that forms the base of it. You've not really seen it yet because it is covered all the time by your foreskin. Here's your assignment, and this is common so don't worry about there being anything wrong...OK! You need to work at stretching the foreskin so that it can open further and move up and down the shaft of your penis. Start by taking warm/hot soaking baths and gently stretching the skin out over the head of your penis as far as you can without causing pain. Once you've done this, then gently work on increasing the size of the opening. You'll then want to work on moving it over the head to fully expose that, then down the shaft as far as you can. Work slowly and gently, there is no rush. In time you'll begin to see progress and the foreskin being more able to move freely over the head and down the shaft. Be patient, this may take some time, even a couple of months. Take every chance you can to "exercise" the foreskin...when you pee or masturbate move it over the head so that it becomes accustomed to doing so. While masturbating use some lubrication to help with this. One tip....you'll find that once you've fully exposed the head it is going to be really sensitive to touch...that's because its been covered so long...it'll be fine but will take some time getting used to being touched and directly stimulated. I'm sorry that noone ever told you this about your equipment....it was really up to your parents to explain how to have this happen. For most of us uncut guys the foreskin moved naturally and started to do so earlier in pubert. Although just recently I've responded to two posts from adults that are going through exactly what you're going through now.....one 28 and the other 35. So, don't worry, you're not alone and you'll be just fine! Keep me posted as to how you're doing!

 
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Thanks for all ur help, one other question, when the foreskin completely covered the head it was somewhat moist before, now its dry because of the meatus being exposed to air, which by the way is extrememly difficult agains boxers, anyway is this normal? should it be dryer now? and should the meatus be exposed to air in normal non-erect states?

 
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Yes, it will be sensitive. And as to how much of it will be exposed depends on the length/size of your foreskin. Just one question. Is your foreskin now "locked" under the coronal ridge (head of your penis) or is the foreskin moving freely over the head without assistance? You want the foreskin to move back and forth naturally, if it is now firmly in place below the head....that could prevent blood flow to the head of your penis and that is a problem in terms of keeping it healthy.

 
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ok its like this, the foreskin is mostly covering the head, its not under it it thats what u mean, its like this: The foreskin completely covers the head, but the two lipped opening for urination and ejaculation is more exposed to the open environment than it was b4, but it is also dryer than it was b4, no swellin or irriation of any kind, and no blemishes whatsoever, its just a little exposed to the air, just the meatus i think its called, and its a little drier. is this normal?

 
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and nothing is locked, so to speak, it moves freely

 
Old 03-25-2002, 02:43 AM   #10
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OK, yes you'll be drier and more sensitive and I'm glad you've not got your foreskin "locked" over the tip of your penis. Keep working at the stretching and all should be well!

 
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Dear BillyBobBoa,
did you see the message from plotterplot on this same male anatomy board? He's had success in retracting fully after only a month. He still needs to do more work so he can retract while erect but he's come a long way. The time taken varies depending on how you stretch and how tight the opening was to start with. Perservere and things should get better soon. Good luck,
Geoff

 
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