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Early phimosis

Few weeks ago I've noticed that my foreskin got slightly tighter. It happaned rapidly over couple days and doesn't affect my life in other way than makeing sex uncomfortable. Internet research suggestet me that it could be early stage of phimosis. How can I recognise if that is it and can I cure it at early stage in other way than operation. Is the treatment avilable in UK. And how do I start it.

Asked by anonymous
25th January 2010 (in Health)

Tags: foreskin premature ejaculation

Response from Men's Sexual Health:

Circumcision should be the last option for your condition. Phimosis is a vague term used to describe any condition where the foreskin does not retract over the glans of the penis. All males are born with the foreskin attached. It can take years, even well into puberty, for the foreskin to be able to retract over the glans. This can be completely normal. In adult males, however, Phimosis can lead to problems including difficulty with urination and painful intercourse, among others which can become more serious. It is important you visit your GP to discuss this condition. Your GP will explain your options, which should include applying a topical steroid cream, gentle manual stretching or possibly a combination of both. There is also another surgical procedure called Preputialplasty, which releases the band of constricted skin but preserves much of the foreskin. Please do not be afraid to visit your GP for fear that a circumcision will be immediately recommended, as this should be a LAST RESORT. Your GP may also be able to give you an idea why this condition has occurred and advise you how to avoid it in the future. Please let us know how it goes and don't hesitate to contact if we can be of any help.

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Answered by team member Tim
26th January 2010

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