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Old 02-11-2007, 01:31 AM   #1
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Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

Hi all,

I am uncircumsized and 24 yrs old. It wasn't till just this week that I read online that apparently you're supposed to be able to pull your foreskin back behind the head of your penis. I cannot pull back my foreskin AT ALL. In fact, I can't really see my head at all (not even the tip), even when erect. I don't have any problems with my penis (it's functioning fine), which is probably why I never realized this before, but now I am trying to figure out if this is normal at all or not. I live in the U.S. where most people are circumsized, but I did ask a few uncircumsized friends about this and they all (except one) say they can pull their foreskins back behind their heads.

I also did some reading online and I believe this "condition" is called Phimosis(?). Apparently there are "treatments" but again, I currently don't have any other problems with my penis, so I don't know if I should seek "treatment." At the same time, it does worry me that most people seem to be able to move their foreskins back behind their heads and I can't even see the tip of my head.

Anyone else have this "problem?" Any comments/advice/insight? I appreciate it!

P.S.-- I have had sex before, but never without a condom. Sex without a condom in my condition would probably hurt, right?

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Old 02-11-2007, 05:33 AM   #2
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

You are correct that you should be able to retract your foreskin easily over your glans, and that it should also be capable of being pushed back over the glans. Your parents should have told you when you were about 5 to 9 years old to gently pull back the foreskin as far as it would go without hurting every time you urinated or bathed. This would have meant that your foreskin was fully retractable before you hit puberty and would not have the problem you have now. It is possible that your foreskin is still adhered to your glans, something you will not find out till you start retracting it.

However it is not too late! In addition to pulling back your foreskin gently every time you urinate and bathe there are stretching instructions in a "sticky" at the top of the Mens Heath board. Give these a go, and even if it takes a few months you should be able to get there in the end.

Just a word of caution - if it is very tight and you manage to retract the foreskin it may get stuck behind the glans which can be an urgent medical condition. Be careful!

Being in the US if you see a doctor about this it is more than likely that they will recommend circumcision, but this removes a large area of sensitive erogenous tissue, so this should be a final last step, not the first one!

Having sex with or without a condom will cause the foreskin to be pulled back, but it sounds like yours is so tight that this would not happen - once you start stretching you may see that this will happen. (With a condom always pull the foreskin as far back as it will go then roll the condom on, otherwise you stretch the condom when you insert your penis into your partner, and this can cause the condom to break).

 
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Old 02-11-2007, 02:20 PM   #3
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

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You are correct that you should be able to retract your foreskin easily over your glans, and that it should also be capable of being pushed back over the glans. Your parents should have told you when you were about 5 to 9 years old to gently pull back the foreskin as far as it would go without hurting every time you urinated or bathed. This would have meant that your foreskin was fully retractable before you hit puberty and would not have the problem you have now. It is possible that your foreskin is still adhered to your glans, something you will not find out till you start retracting it.

However it is not too late! In addition to pulling back your foreskin gently every time you urinate and bathe there are stretching instructions in a "sticky" at the top of the Mens Heath board. Give these a go, and even if it takes a few months you should be able to get there in the end.

Just a word of caution - if it is very tight and you manage to retract the foreskin it may get stuck behind the glans which can be an urgent medical condition. Be careful!

Being in the US if you see a doctor about this it is more than likely that they will recommend circumcision, but this removes a large area of sensitive erogenous tissue, so this should be a final last step, not the first one!

Having sex with or without a condom will cause the foreskin to be pulled back, but it sounds like yours is so tight that this would not happen - once you start stretching you may see that this will happen. (With a condom always pull the foreskin as far back as it will go then roll the condom on, otherwise you stretch the condom when you insert your penis into your partner, and this can cause the condom to break).

Hey,

Thanks a lot for the info. I read there that this problem could be either due to a tight foreskin, or due to a short frenulum. However, I can pull my foreskin out away from my body quite a bit with no pain at all, so am I correct in assuming that I probably don't have a short frenulum, and that the problem really is just that the foreskin is too tight?

Another question: I kind of feel that right now I'm in my "natural state," so what are the real benefits to stretching the foreskin enough to be able to pull it back?

Thanks!

 
Old 02-11-2007, 03:22 PM   #4
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

Oh you poor man. You need to see a urologist. Depending on the severity of your Phimosis he may recommend stretching, a steroid or circumcision. Sometimes the skin is so tight no amount of stretching will work to allow retraction. You may also hear about a dorsal slit operation but statistics show very few men are happy with this operation and most of them opt for a full circumcision.

If that happenes, don't worry, circumcision is quick,easy and you are just as functional (maybe more) after the procedure.

 
Old 02-12-2007, 06:24 AM   #5
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

Read my stretching instructions at the top of the Men's Health board [url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=210347[/url]
You need to clear up any thrush infections first, perhaps with an oral pill as well as a cream. Stretching usually works and faster than the months it usually takes to heal from a circumcision, which should only be used as a last resort treatment. Get back with any questions,
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Old 02-12-2007, 01:47 PM   #6
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

If you follow the stretching instructions, they typically work very well.
If they don't, a combination of stretching, and betamethasone cream from a doctor will usually loosen the tightest foreskin. For the really stubborn cases, there is a device called a glansie which can be used to mechanically stretch the foreskin open.
What awaits you is the truly exquisite sensation of the inner foreskin, the frenulum, and the glans. Picture the difference between touching the skin on your arm, and the inside of your mouth. The change will be profound. If you have an adhesion between the head and the foreskin, this is not a big deal.
The doctor can give you something to numb the area, and slice it free with something resembling an x-acto blade. You're out in 5 minutes, and you haven't lost anything. Good luck, and enjoy!

 
Old 02-12-2007, 05:21 PM   #7
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

If any one wonders why I'm reading this (as a female) it's because my son has a similar problem.

But...I had a boyfriend a long time ago who was circumcised at the age of 21 because of a similar problem and recovery only took a couple of weeks for him.

 
Old 02-13-2007, 05:53 AM   #8
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

Recovery times vary a lot but a couple of weeks is very fast. Mostly I see posts saying it took at least six weeks till sex was possible and swelling lasted for many months.
Geoff

 
Old 02-25-2007, 12:39 AM   #9
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

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Read my stretching instructions at the top of the Men's Health board [url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=210347[/url]
You need to clear up any thrush infections first, perhaps with an oral pill as well as a cream. Stretching usually works and faster than the months it usually takes to heal from a circumcision, which should only be used as a last resort treatment. Get back with any questions,
Geoff

Hi there Geoff,

I do have another question. Right now, when my penis is erect, as I said I still cannot see the head at all. Basically my foreskin just stretches out and still covers the head. What I am wondering is, since this is the case, my foreskin must be pretty flexible. In that case, if I do the stretching exercises and all, will I end up with a foreskin that sort of hangs too far over the head, but with a bigger hole at the end? That would look a bit strange...

Also, I read in your exercise description that this problem could be either due to a tight foreskin, or due to a short frenulum. However, I can pull my foreskin out away from my body quite a bit with no pain at all, so am I correct in assuming that I probably don't have a short frenulum, and that the problem really is just that the foreskin is too tight?

Thanks for all the help!

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Old 02-25-2007, 04:58 AM   #10
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

Foreskins vary a lot and some have quite a bit of overhang without causing any problems. There is dartos muscle in the foreskin that like all smooth muscle can stay contracted. So it's perfectly possible to stretch the opening enouh to allow it to go over the erect glans without having it look too big when it is forward over the glans.
The fact that you can pull the foreskin away from your body without pain as you describe would not necessarily mean that the frenulum is not short. But from you description I have a hunch that the problem is more likely a tight opening rather than a short frenulum. It's impossible to be sure about that though.
Keep up the good work and good luck,
Geoff

 
Old 02-25-2007, 11:44 AM   #11
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

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Foreskins vary a lot and some have quite a bit of overhang without causing any problems. There is dartos muscle in the foreskin that like all smooth muscle can stay contracted. So it's perfectly possible to stretch the opening enouh to allow it to go over the erect glans without having it look too big when it is forward over the glans.
The fact that you can pull the foreskin away from your body without pain as you describe would not necessarily mean that the frenulum is not short. But from you description I have a hunch that the problem is more likely a tight opening rather than a short frenulum. It's impossible to be sure about that though.
Keep up the good work and good luck,
Geoff
OK, cool. Thanks for all the info and advice!

 
Old 03-14-2007, 05:41 PM   #12
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

The fact that you can't see your head must mean that your foreskin is very tight. It may seem ok now but if you'll even engage in more vigorous sex the foreskin might get pushed back behind your glad and you'll have paraphimosis (very bad).
Try to enlarge your opening... although I don't know. You should really see a specialist for his opinion (doesn't mean you need to get a circumcision). But honestly considering just how extreme your phimosis is that might just be the case.
First off you should see pictures of normal uncircumcised penises. That will give you an idea on how things should look when erect. It's strange you realized this so late... I mean come on, 24 years and you've never seen a porn movie?

 
Old 03-15-2007, 10:12 AM   #13
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

Hi, Guys, I gave a similar problem so thought I would hijack this post instead of starting a new one.

24, m, never been able to retract the foreskin over the gland. I've read the stretching techniques but i'm not really sure how to do them becuase the opening is only about 11mm wide and doesn't reveal any of my glands either when flacid or erect. I have bought a glansie but haven't used it yet. Does anyone who has this level of phimosis have a starting point for stretching or a way to do it better. because the techniques in the guide seem to only be for people who have part of their gland visible.

Or is there a video method to stretching or pictures I cna view becuase As I can't pull my foreskin back far at all I don't really know how to start getting stretching.

 
Old 03-15-2007, 10:32 AM   #14
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

I don't know if this helps but this is a person reveals it's glads.
You grab your penis when flaccid or better when erect and gently pull downwards. The skin should gently roll down. See if you can reveal a little of your gland.
And really now... porn movies and pictures might be a good place to see some action.
But you should really start off with h t t p://w i k i p e d i a . o r g and read about everything this topic has to offer. You might find pictures there as well.
Good luck and don't rush into things.

 
Old 03-15-2007, 08:49 PM   #15
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Re: Have never been able to pull back foreskin..

If you have never been able to retract your forskin, chances are it is just tight and needs to be stretched. If every time you go to the toilet you pull back your foreskin as far as it will go without hurting, and do this a few times you will quite quickly get it to go some way towards uncovering your glans. Then you can have a go at the stretching excercises and as a combination you should get ti sorted.

You may have kids now or in the future, and if they are boys please please teach them to do this gentle pulling back when they are about 5 to 6 years old (NOT much younger) - it will save all this fuss if it is possible to retract fully before puberty!

 
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