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Old 08-03-2003, 08:44 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm new here, I feel really awkward being here but it's better to know now then when I'm about to have sex with a girl or something...

I really did not know you had to clean the inside of your penis so I've never done that my entire life. I'm 17 by the way. I guess I'm really late knowing this and it was common sense to clean inside? They really don't teach these kind of things in health class.


Well I read couple posts on these forums and I think I have a lot of build up of "smegma". Is that why I'm having difficulty trying to pull back my foreskin all the way down? I really wasn't sure if it was safe to take off those substance for some reason because my penis feels really sensitive without it so I thought it was just to protect it or something.... It really smells bad like fish-odor, I removed just a little bit and made it easier to pull back...

I really wasn't sure what it was so I didn't want to remove everything else... It's making it difficult to pullback the foreskin when it's erect and it would hurt when it gets stuck, I think there is a lot of build up from all these years... How far is it possible to pull back?

 
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Old 08-04-2003, 04:20 AM   #2
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Hi Boa!

You sound like me when I first discovered how to pull back my foreskin in my teenage years. No one told me how to clean my dick either. In fact I was told *not* to pull back my foreskin or play with it. As a result, I too had that horrible fishy smell at first. I do not agree that it is "common sense" to pull back and clean the foreskin; it is something you have to be told.

I was afraid at first to pull the foreskin behind the head of my dick, especially when I had an erection, as it was very tight -- like a taut rubber band. Other people on these boards have mentioned that you should be careful about doing that in the early stages, as it may constrict blood flow. Just take it in slow stages and, sooner or later, you'll find that it becomes easier and easier to skin it back, either for cleaning, jacking off or sex with another person.

Smegma is not the reason you are having trouble pulling the foreskin all the way back. It is perfectly safe to wash it all off with mild soap and water -- just another thing you wash as you shower or bathe. The head of your penis will feel sensitive for some time. Patience helps, as does treating it gently.

Everybody is different. Personally, I can now pull back my foreskin behind the head and along the shaft of my penis. The sensation is great when I'm masturbating (always with lubrication) and during sex. When you use a condom, it is best to pull back the foreskin before rolling on the condom.

Have fun!
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Old 08-04-2003, 05:18 AM   #3
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Thank you for you reply!! I feel so happy someone actually understood this.

Well I took a really hot shower a few minutes ago while having warm water on it and cleaned the inside for the first time and omg there was so much build up! I hope I don't have to face that AWFUL smell again... I think I got all of them off unless there's even more on the shaft, but I can't pull it back that far yet. But I was finally able to get the entire head now.
You're right, it feels really scary to pull it back behind the head... and it feels really tight when it's erect.

I will be patient like you said, I wish I would of known this sooner because it seems I've been missing out. I guess porn is more educational then school, reason it got me thinking about this...



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Old 08-04-2003, 12:39 PM   #4
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You are not going to have any smegma "on the shaft" because the foreskin connects to "the shaft" just behind the head. As the skin gets looser with time, you should be able to retract the foreskin far enough down the shaft so that it would look as if it were circumcised.

 
Old 08-04-2003, 05:54 PM   #5
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Continue cleaning your foreskin on a regular basis, you might also want to do some gentle stretching to help out with the tightness.

 
Old 08-04-2003, 10:43 PM   #6
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Thanks for all your replies!

Why don't they teach these things in school! Or nobody even told me about this. If I didn't watch porn or come across this forum then it would of been really bad later on like during sex. At what age did everyone realize to clean inside? I mean, I knew people have said to clean your penis and I thought they meant the outside but I didn't think literally had to pull back for the inside, which I couldn't before or decided not to because I saw the smegma where I thought at the time was going too far and was not supose to remove it...

I just read that you should be able to pull back the foreskin at age 8 or something but I'm just starting to, will that make it more difficult for me? Did everyone really start at that age?

I can pull it back to see the head of the penis now but reading about paraphimosis and such makes it scary to pull it behind it... especially when it's erect. I will be patient and continue stretching before going that far since I am relatively new at this...

Also, is EVERYONE's supose to go all the way pass the shaft as if it looks like it is circumsized when pulled back?

At least I got it to see the entire head and that awful smell is gone! Glad I got some info and help. Sorry for all the questions, from now I will always clean the INSIDE and keep stretching. I hope I can soon easily pull it back behind when it's erect. Like you have mentioned it feels really sensitive since it's been basically covered my whole life...

 
Old 08-05-2003, 11:50 AM   #7
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For me atleast, when erect, the foreskin is slightly bunched up but comfortably behind the head.

 
Old 08-08-2003, 08:09 AM   #8
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Also, is EVERYONE's supose to go all the way pass the shaft as if it looks like it is circumsized when pulled back?
Yes, it should, or at least so the foreskin is back behind the ridge of the head the penis. Sometimes it can look a bit bunched up beneath the ridge of the head, and that's fine. You need to get the foreskin back behind the ridge though for thorough cleaning. A common place for smegma to build up is the valley area just behind the ridge of the head, like between the shaft and the head. If you haven't gotten the foreskin this far back yet, you may find more smegma build up there when you do.

But it sounds like you've made tremendous progress so far, and keep up the good work!

 
Old 08-11-2003, 12:46 AM   #9
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Im like the person who started this thread (sorry i cant remember your name i could look but it's ok) .. anyways i myself am 18 and JUST started stretching my foreskin back yet again I did not learn this, I have heard of "cleaning your penis" and thats about it, yes i clean it but never stretched it back to my head, I didnt even know this was possible if your not circumsized. Well I started about 3 days ago and im scared.. personally I have no clue why im scared that my forskin will get stuck behind my head? (is this possible?) I also did find smegma, because yes there was an odor .. i try to clean it but it hurts, seems like the head of my penis is so sensitive i can hardly touch it.. (is this because it just started getting exposed?) well I would like for people who have gone through this to please answer my question, and how to clean the smegma because if i touch the head of my penis it just hurts to clean it, should i expose it more in water or somehting? please someone answer these questions
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Old 08-11-2003, 12:52 AM   #10
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I have recently pulled my foreskin over my head and yes theres smegma but like I stated before it hurts to clean it because it is so sensitivity on the bottom part, and form some reason im afraid it will get stuck..
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Old 08-11-2003, 05:42 AM   #11
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Yes, it is possible for the foreskin to get stuck behind the head if it is very tight. But, you shouldn't worry about it. If it gets stuck (happens usually when erect), do the following: squeeze the head of your penis firmly to push the blood back out of it, thus making it smaller, and allowing the foreskin to slide back over the head. If your foreskin isn't very tight, then you don't have to worry at all about it getting stuck.

As for the sensitivity, what you described is 100% normal for someone who has just started pulling back his foreskin. This sensitivity will gradually go down over time as you keep the head exposed more and more. The head has been used to only the foreskin touching it all this time, and its not used to this new exposure. Give it several months to get used to it. Eventually it will just feel great when touched, and won't hurt or sting anymore.

In the meantime, smegma can be difficult to remove sometimes, especially if it has been there for a long time, as in your case. Old smegma can get sticky and hard, like globs of glue, making it difficult to remove. Try using a bit of baby oil on the smegma to help dissolve it and loosen it from the skin.

The good news is once you clean off this excess old smegma buildup, cleaning your penis daily will be MUCH easier. Fresh smegma comes right off easily, often with just a rinse of water.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

 
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nice thanks, and yes I tried cleaning it and it was hard to get off ill try the baby oil thing, thanks a lot
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Old 08-11-2003, 06:03 AM   #13
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One more question, when you say "expose it more" are you meaning everytime i take a shower to pull my foreskin back, or just when im sitting around to expose it
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Hi Adam18! You are definitely on the right track.

There is no need to pull back your foreskin just when you're "sitting around".

Expose and clean your dick every time you shower. Pull back the foreskin, then wash the head with soap and water. Use plenty of soap suds; I make a lather in my pubic hair and then cover the whole area using my hands. I always use a mild soap.

After you shower, dry the exposed penis with a towel before you push the foreskin back over the head. Of course, you have to be gentle with it in these early stages. In fact, I find that mine still has some sensitivity after years of doing this.

You'll find that, as you do this on a daily basis, the sensitivity will decrease and it won't "hurt". Jacking off gently with plenty of lubricant on the exposed head of your dick is a very pleasant way of decreasing the sensitivity too!

I can understand that you are scared about getting your foreskin stuck behind the head; I remember being afraid of this too. My foreskin never became stuck, even with an erection. It did feel very tight for a while, but pulling it behind the head while my penis was erect seems to have loosened it. If it does get stuck, you just need to get rid of the erection; take focus's advice about squeezing the head of your penis, for example, or maybe a cold shower would do the trick.
Just don't panic.

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Old 08-11-2003, 09:13 AM   #15
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some guys actually get an infection from using soap, about 20%. washing with water is perfectly clean, and will not cause irritation.

 
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