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phimosis.........................?


is there any exersises that i can do to pull my forskin back i have phimosis and i really want to get it back, also if you have this when you are older can it stop you from making kids...


please help ASAP thanks
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Hi Jamie

Having phimosis won't stop you having kids. There are exercises you can do by gently stretching the foreskin over a period of weeks, this does help apparently. Try many of the medically based websites for further details.

By the way having phimosis isn't an STI as such.

Your GP will also advise. Circuncision maybe an option  (+ info)

Phimosis..................................................?


I have phimosis. when I pull my foreskin back, it feels really tight. also when I try to touch my penis when my foreskin is pulled back, i don't know but it feels like either hurt or kinda strange. should i go to hospital and get the circumcision? please what else can i do? please help me.
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Go find a Urologist and get circumcised in office.

I opted to get circumcised at 18, so I have been there and have the t-shirt! I was done in the doctors office with a local and was in and out under an hour. Being circumcised is much cleaner, uncut guys need to wash at least 2-3x a day and before sex, as there is always a stink. It is healthier to be cut, uncut guys have a 60% higher chance to acquire STD's and HIV! Being cut also looks better, that's a no brainer. It also enhances the sexual experience, the foreskin just gets in the way! I had no hesitation to have my boys (2&4) circumcised as I know there is no downside, only a lifetime of benefits!

There is nothing good about being uncircumcised! Don't listen to idiots that tell you it is mutilation and you will have less pleasure during sex. The opposite is true sex rocks when you are circumcised!


Read these new studies!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081217/sc_n...

http://allcircumcision.blogspot.com/2008...  (+ info)

What is the best treatment of phimosis and sensitive glans in an adult male?


I am suffering from phimosis right from the time I remember, I have heard that topical steroid use and circumsion are options for treatment. I also learnt that regular stretching back the foreskin can also help. I want to know what worked for somebody and what did not? Also my glans is highly sensitive, is this related to phimosis (cause it is never fully exposed) and will it get treated with phimosis treatment, I mean will sensitivity go with due course of time once glans is regularly exposed (right now I cant even touch it without getting the jitters up my spine). I can pull back the foreskin behind the glans head when the penis is semi-erect (with some effort) but never when it is fully erect. I am a 26 year old adult male and very concerned about this condition.

Thanks for you replies!
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I don't know why there is such an (American) obsession with circumcision as a cure all for foreskin related problems.

I personally have a condition which can be described as phimosis. As a child I got instructions from the school doctor how to stretch. My mom explained me what to do and made sure I did my 'excercises' on a regular basis. Nothing special. Just pulling back the skin as far as it would go on a regular basis and after showering when the skin is more flexible.
No panic, just a little inconvience that was solved over time. I ended up with a foreskin that did not totally cover the glans. I have never seen this as a problem. My few girlfriends and my wife have never commented on it.
Now I am 42 I notice that my foreskin begins to tighten again. I did some searches on the Internet and found many foreskin restoration websites that led me to using the low impact o-ring method. Despitre te fact that this method is used in order to get a foreskin back after circumcision, it helps me to stretch the foreskin with succes. Slowly and comfortably and cheap. O-rings are small rubber rings that you buy in hardware shops for just a few dollars (assortment ;-) )

My son has the same condition. I remind him to pull back every so often, like my mom used to do.
I am from the Netherlands where we don't panic so easily over these small hickups of nature.
Just try it this way first. There are circumstances that circumcision is the only satisfying method in the end. Pain and infections can be a sign that an operation is justified.

A sensitive glans is what circumsized men miss and is also given as one of the most rewarding experiences of 'restored' men. This is normal. Your glans has not the normal exposure that a male without phimosis has. Therefore it is more sensitive as it is hidden in it's moist protective environment. As soon as you are able to have your glans peeping out more often you will get used to the feeling and also the sensitivity will be less.

Regards Barra
I can be contacted to mail outside this list if you want or need extra information.  (+ info)

Pinhole Phimosis, How much does it cost to treat and is there any other treatments other than circumcision?


I have pinhole phimosis, I am wondering what kind of treatment (other than circumcision) that I could get, and if it costs anything to get treatment if it happens to go to surgery. answer quick please!
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stretching rarely works

you need to go see a doctor to get this sorted. they may give you some cream to soften the foreskin but won't all ways work.

you may have to get circumcision to help it

it is a short op a in and out job ( 5 hours in hospital that’s in the UK )


Getting cut later in life will not leave much of a scar if any.

you could get a dorsal slit but that will leave a lump of skin under the head of your penis and it can look very odd



for the misinformed it is NOT male mutilation an the only thing you lose is the foreskin and nothing else

BUT i don't think it should be done to baby's unless it is needed.

i know i will get thumbs down from some but this is what i know NOT what i have read on the inter net like some do



I had restored my foreskin and the feeling was no different from when I was cut, but ended up having to get re-cut due to medical problems again.  (+ info)

Does anyone know of any ways to cure phimosis without using equipment or medication?


I'm only 15, but I am almost certain that I have phimosis. I do not wish to go to a doctor, since I can't do so without a parent. Is there any way that I can cure it at home? Please help! Any advice is welcome.
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Actually, I believe phimosis can't technically be diagnosed on a teen, because it's an adult condition, and in a teen the foreskin and penis are growing and changing and it's common for it to be attached, non-retractable or tight. Real phimosis has like a white ring of stuff around the tip of the foreskin which prevents retraction.

What exactly is your problem, can you pull it back when soft but not when hard? Can you pull it back and it's just difficult and painful, or is it still attached to the glans? Treatment depends on your specific issue.

Anyway, if you simply have a tight foreskin, that can usually be easily treated at home by manual stretching, at least you can try it and if not you can go to the doctor and get a cream to try that too (I know, a doctor is involved, but it shouldn't be too embarrassing and is easier than surgery).

Please read this and try following the instructions:
http://circresearch.googlepages.com/tightforeskin

It works for a lot of people. The guy who wrote it answers here as well, and he has personal experience so you can email him if you have any further questions. His name is Jorge.

Good luck!  (+ info)

What are the risks from topical steroid cream for Phimosis?


I was wonder what, if any, the risks are from using a topical cream to take care of phimosis. Or if it works at all. And if it does I was wondering if anyone knew if it was less painful than pulling the foreskin down, which I find is really hard to keep doing.
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Has the cream been prescribed for this specific reason? If so then I would assume the doctor who prescribed it would know that it was safe. Topical steriods are safe if used at the correct dosage but I can't see how a steriod cream will help with this problem?

If you are having problems then maybe you need to think about circumcision?  (+ info)

What is the difference between Peyronie's disease/disorder and phimosis?


I've read that both can create a "bottleneck" effect of the penis. How can one tell if this effect is from Peyronies or phimosis? Is there a way to differentiate the two?

I know seeing an urologist is the best. Any additional information other than that would be greatly appreciated.
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look it up on uptodate. Your primary care doctor could help you as well.  (+ info)

What topical steroid cream to use for phimosis treatment?


I have read on the net phimosis is curable and it can be done from stretching. However I have no idea what cream to order or where from, can anyone please help? Also does anyone know if the fact i've damaged my penis before from trying to stretch it wrong before will mean it's incurable? ty
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Betamethasone 0.1 or 0.05%, only available on prescription. NOCIRC or Doctors Opposing Circumcision can recommend a foreskin-friendly doctor who will give you a prescription.
What did you do before to damage it? Did cracks or splits appear when you tried to stretch? If so you may have a thrush (yeast) infection that requires treatment for you and your sexual partner, plus use of condoms for intercourse until you both have been treated.
Betamethasone will even allow most scarring to be stretched.
Here's a link to my stretching instructions.
http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=178155
Here's an extract from another version (now no longer on the net).
STRETCHING TECHNIQUE ONE
If the foreskin is very tight the simplest method is to pull back on the skin (easiest with an erection) so that the opening feels tight and a bit uncomfortable without real pain. Hold that for a few minutes and repeat a few times. Do this a couple of times a day. You will find that soaking in a warm bath will make the skin softer and easier to stretch.
The major disadvantage with this method occurs when some stretching has been achieved or if the phimosis was mild to begin with. Once the opening is big enough to just fit over the rim of the glans when erect the foreskin is at risk of getting stuck behind it. If this happens a condition know as paraphimosis may develop.
This is why stretching technique two is probably better once the foreskin opening is big enough to make it almost possible to slide the foreskin back over the glans.
PROBLEMS?
If the opening becomes sore, or develops splits, stop for a few days and let things heal up. Going at it too fast will only slow things down in the end. Sometimes splits and tightness are due to a fungal or yeast (thrush) infection. Treatment with an antifungal / anti-yeast cream designed for women’s genitals will usually fix this problem. I’ve also seen reports of success with a Hydrocortisone / anti-fungicide mix like “Fungocort”.
PARAPHIMOSIS
Paraphimosis occurs when the foreskin gets stuck behind the glans of an erect penis, trapping the blood that causes the erection in the glans and causing swelling of the foreskin itself. If the foreskin becomes stuck squeeze the head of the penis firmly to force the blood out and try and ease the foreskin forward. Perhaps soaking in the bath or using an oil-based lotion will make this easier. If after many tries you still can’t do this see a doctor or go to a hospital emergency room fast. This is not a common problem but you should be warned of the danger.
STRETCHING TECHNIQUE TWO
You can either grab each side of the foreskin opening and gently pull on each side of the opening, as shown in the photograph or, even better, insert the ends of two fingers, even the little fingers and pull them gently apart. Stretch the opening in this way until it feels uncomfortably stretched but not actually painful. Hold and repeat as for method one. Once again this is best done after soaking in a warm bath.
SENSITIVITY
As you stretch and are able to expose more of the glans you may find that it is very sensitive or even painful to touch. You will find it less painful the more you expose and use it and gradually the over-sensitivity will lessen, until all you feel is pleasure. A gentle way to start touching the head is by using the shower spray. Also use water-based lubricant when touching the head directly and this should be more comfortable.
TIGHT FRAENULUM
Sometimes the cause of difficulty in retracting the foreskin is not a tight foreskin opening but a short fraenulum (frenulum), also known as fraenulum breve. This can also be stretched though it is sometimes more difficult to do this. You can grab the underside of the foreskin opening and pull out away from your body until you feel the fraenulum stretching. Or if your foreskin opening is large enough you can pull back on the foreskin until you feel the fraenulum stretching. Hold and repeat as in the foreskin opening stretching methods.
If the fraenulum can’t be stretched then an alternative to circumcision is a frenuloplasty. It is a simple operation that does not remove any tissue but fixes the problem with minimal healing time.
Email me if you can’t understand any parts of this or if you need more help,
Geoff  (+ info)

Is it true that phimosis will disappear itself?


I've read on wikipedia that most of people can't retract their foreskin down until late puberty? Does that mean my phimosis will disappear itself?
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How to talk to my dad about phimosis?


Im 16 and have phimosis. I want to talk to my dad about it but i have no idea where to start. he has said before that if i had anything to ask him about stuff down there that he would help me but i just dont know what to say and whether i show him the problem or not. can anyone help?
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Try stretching by yourself first. Many doctors are ignorant of stretching which works better and faster than recovery from surgery.
Here's a link to my stretching instructions.
http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=178155
Here's an extract from another version (now no longer on the net).
STRETCHING TECHNIQUE ONE
If the foreskin is very tight the simplest method is to pull back on the skin (easiest with an erection) so that the opening feels tight and a bit uncomfortable without real pain. Hold that for a few minutes and repeat a few times. Do this a couple of times a day. You will find that soaking in a warm bath will make the skin softer and easier to stretch.
The major disadvantage with this method occurs when some stretching has been achieved or if the phimosis was mild to begin with. Once the opening is big enough to just fit over the rim of the glans when erect the foreskin is at risk of getting stuck behind it. If this happens a condition know as paraphimosis may develop.
This is why stretching technique two is probably better once the foreskin opening is big enough to make it almost possible to slide the foreskin back over the glans.
PROBLEMS?
If the opening becomes sore, or develops splits, stop for a few days and let things heal up. Going at it too fast will only slow things down in the end. Sometimes splits and tightness are due to a fungal or yeast (thrush) infection. Treatment with an antifungal / anti-yeast cream designed for women’s genitals will usually fix this problem. I’ve also seen reports of success with a Hydrocortisone / anti-fungicide mix like “Fungocort”.
PARAPHIMOSIS
Paraphimosis occurs when the foreskin gets stuck behind the glans of an erect penis, trapping the blood that causes the erection in the glans and causing swelling of the foreskin itself. If the foreskin becomes stuck squeeze the head of the penis firmly to force the blood out and try and ease the foreskin forward. Perhaps soaking in the bath or using an oil-based lotion will make this easier. If after many tries you still can’t do this see a doctor or go to a hospital emergency room fast. This is not a common problem but you should be warned of the danger.
STRETCHING TECHNIQUE TWO
You can either grab each side of the foreskin opening and gently pull on each side of the opening, as shown in the photograph or, even better, insert the ends of two fingers, even the little fingers and pull them gently apart. Stretch the opening in this way until it feels uncomfortably stretched but not actually painful. Hold and repeat as for method one. Once again this is best done after soaking in a warm bath.
SENSITIVITY
As you stretch and are able to expose more of the glans you may find that it is very sensitive or even painful to touch. You will find it less painful the more you expose and use it and gradually the over-sensitivity will lessen, until all you feel is pleasure. A gentle way to start touching the head is by using the shower spray. Also use water-based lubricant when touching the head directly and this should be more comfortable.
TIGHT FRAENULUM
Sometimes the cause of difficulty in retracting the foreskin is not a tight foreskin opening but a short fraenulum (frenulum), also known as fraenulum breve. This can also be stretched though it is sometimes more difficult to do this. You can grab the underside of the foreskin opening and pull out away from your body until you feel the fraenulum stretching. Or if your foreskin opening is large enough you can pull back on the foreskin until you feel the fraenulum stretching. Hold and repeat as in the foreskin opening stretching methods.
If the fraenulum can’t be stretched then an alternative to circumcision is a frenuloplasty. It is a simple operation that does not remove any tissue but fixes the problem with minimal healing time.
Geoff  (+ info)

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