I'm just going to get straight to the point here. When I was young (aproximatly 11 years of age) I could retract my foreskin over my glans. As I got older (I am 15 now), I could retract my forskin less and less. Could this be caused by my penis itself growing faster than my foreskin? Will it eventually catch up to my penis?
Also, having a tight foreskin, I have built up alot of smegma. My glans is very sensitive to even the slightest touch, and I cannot clean it well.
I'm not sure what my parents did when I was a toddler (I read they should retract the foreskin, but I doubt either one of them did.) Also, I can't be circumcised, as my mother states "we don't believe in it." My mother wouldn't even let me explain my side of the story, and my father would consult my mother about it if I asked him.
So, in general, is my tight foreskin due to it growing slower than my penis, and will it catch up? What are my other options? How can I keep my penis clean in the meantime?
Very likely, you have a chronic yeast infection. This causes small cuts in the foreskin. When they heal, they heal as scar tissue, which is less elastic than normal skin. Excessive smegma production is also a sign of an infection. You need to see a doctor, or at least apply yeast cream until the infection is gone. Once it is gone, you can start stretching, to restore your penis to normal, so that the foreskin can be retracted with ease. There are stretching directions at the top of Men's Health.
Your parents are right about the value of a foreskin. If you told them you were having this problem, I bet they would take you to the doctor immediately. I am certain that they want you in the best of health, and that includes your penis.
It cannot be a yeast infection, as I do not have any symptoms of one. Ejaculation is fine, not clumpy. My glans is sensitive because it hasn't been exposed to much except the underside of my foreskin, and it is not irritated or itchy at all.
Being able to retract less and less, is one of the main symptoms of a yeast infection.
Excessive smegma production is another.
Whatever it is, you need the attention of a doctor. Otherwise, it will continue to tighten, and we both know where that leads.
It hasn't been worsening, and I'm not producing vast amounts of smegma, it's just been there because I can't retract. Now, what I want is an answer to the question, is it possible for my penis to grow faster than my foreskin?
My boys are two and a half and 4... and they have Phimosis and Smegma. Before you jump to circumsision... look into topical creams. they have steroid creams that reduce the inflamation in the foreskin. over a period of time, several steroid creams have proved affective. google it! and sorry you're going through this... it pains me to see my boys go through it. esp since none of their regular docs knew anything abt it. if we hadn't of pressed it... grr... but best of luck to yoU!
ps. your penis isn't growing faster. your skin is just too tight and constricting your head. that causes swelling.
It is perfectly normal for your boys to not be able to retract at that age. The important thing is not to force it, or forcing will cause scarring, which will cause later phimosis.
Check the Danish study by Oster, it gives the average age at which a boy can retract.
Retraction often does not happen until puberty. Smegma in kids that age, is a sign that the foreskin is separating from the head, and getting ready for retraction on its own.
Washing with just water is best. Soaps can irritate, and cause balanitis.