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Voiceover: Sometimes it’s not until retirement that people face up to their embarrassing bodies. David’s been suffering in silence about a very personal problem that has always dogged his sex life.

David: When I’ve had sexual relations, I’ve had to fiddle about and bring it back into place afterwards which is embarrassing and inconvenient.

Dr Pixie: Nice to meet you David. Why have you come to the clinic today?

David: Well, I’ve had a bit of concern about the way my foreskin works. When it gets pushed down it doesn’t come back again.

Dr Pixie: Do you recall any problem with your foreskin when you were younger or in your teens?

David: In my teens there was one occasion when the foreskin was pushed down and it stayed down. The skin in that area swelled up and I went to accident and emergency and they basically just pulled the foreskin back and it all settled down.

Voiceover: David suffers from a common condition called Phimosis where the foreskin cannot be fully retracted.

Dr Pixie: Now, do you just want to gently try to retract that for me? And that’s when it starts to get…

David: And then it stays there and it doesn’t go back.

Dr Pixie: And that’s the difficult bit, right. God it’s quite a task isn’t it?

David: Yeah, it is, yeah.

Dr Pixie: It’s quite common to have a foreskin that’s difficult to get back and the only real way we’re going to resolve this issue is by actually using a urologist with a view of having something like a circumcision. Is that all right with you?

David: That’s fine.

Dr Pixie: Brilliant, well let’s get that sorted.

Voiceover: Dr Pixie has arranged for David to be examined by consultant Mr Manu Nair. So what are David’s options?

Mr Nair: It is difficult to bring back, it is difficult to pull through. There is, like I said, a constriction zone. The simplest surgery would be preputioplasty which is making an incision lengthwise instead of the other way to loosen the skin. The other procedure you could have is a circumcision where you just take the whole foreskin away.

Voiceover: Earlier David came to see Dr Pixie with a rather embarrassing foreskin problem. He’s opted for an operation called preputioplasty which involves slitting the foreskin to widen it rather than removing it altogether with a circumcision. His consultant Mr Nair detaches the frenulum, a small fold of tissue that restricts the foreskin and then he loosens the restrictive belt by making an incision.

Mr Nair: I’ve cut it lengthwise, but you can see the way the nature of the tightness has extended the skin, which is what my objective was.

Voiceover: All that’s needed is a few stitches to secure David’s larger foreskin.

Mr Nair: All done. Thanks.

Voiceover: After a few weeks of healing time there is no reason why he can’t enjoy a full sex life.

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Dr Pixie meets a patient who has suffered for many years with a common condition called phimosis, where the foreskin of the penis cannot easily be retracted. Treatment is administered by simple surgery and there are a number of options available such as circumcision, where the foreskin is entirely removed, or preputioplasty, which involves a small incision to the foreskin so that it can be loosened.

If your child has a painful penis he may be suffering from paraphimosis, to find out more check the condition guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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I am trying wprryed iv had pains in my penis and today iv notified little cuts in the top of my doeskin Help me





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Hi, I'm 21 & I have phimosis, it doesn't hurt to have sex it just causes problems sometimes if the foreskin gets pulled back over the head & I have to stop & pull it back. I can pull the foreskin over the head to clean in whilst it's flacid but when I'm erect I can't & wouldn't even try to. I previously went to the doctors about this & they forwarded me to a hospital, but after seeing the consultant there I didn't go through with it. It's been a year now and I've decided that I can't live my life like this with this issue, so I'm going to go back to the doctors later this week and talk to him about getting a preputioplasty (a slit in the foreskin loosening it). If all goes ahead I'll post updates & let you know how everything is going. Thanks, - Dan





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HI IM 20 years old and I have tight foreskin it don't hurt to masterbate up I'm really don't want to see the doc but IV never had sex before and if I do will it hurt with tight foreskin please help





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Foreskin stretching exercises coupled with a penis health creme that contains Vitamin E and shea butter is a great way to loosen up the foreskin a bit. You guys might want to try this for a while before you go to the doctor. Hope this helps.





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Hi I'm 20 years old and I can't pull my fore skin back what should I do I really don't want to go to the doc





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Hey I'm 16 and uncircumcised. I need some urgent help because I want to be able to pull my whole foreskin down but I am only able to do it to the point where j see the top of the head but that's it! I need some urgent home tips and exercise cause I do not want to go for circumcision! Would appreciate it a lot.





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Hi my foreskin is unable to be pulled back in the slightest way when erect I have told my parents but am looking for extra advise . Thanks





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I'm 18 and my foreskin I very tight, it's hurts having sex without a condom on, and I can see the tip of my bellend but that is it (when I'm erect) what should I do? Really want to get it sorted.





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U may need to have it circumcised or snipped slightly to loosen the skin Note that many men have this issue and it's important to have it looked at. As sweat and urine get caught under the foreskin and it needs to be cleaned

My son is 7 and a half and has a tight foreskin.... Specialist has told me I have 3 options; 1-Cream for 2 wks while trying to stretch the foreskin. 2-stretching of the foreskin under general (think it involves a cut an being stitched diagonal to give a bit more space?? And generally appearance is normal after??) 3-circumcision We are a week into trying the cream and not making much difference. My son is not keen to have an operation at all and I don't want to fully make the decision for him but I feel if he has it now then it will save a lot of problems later on esp after reading others comments above!! I bet they wish their mum had just done it when they were younger?? Any serious side effects of circumcision and am I best to wait until he's older??





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hi im 19, i am uncircumcised, and have tight foreskin. i can barely move my foreskin back and when i do it becomes painful.i have tried to masturbate t stretch my foreskin but when i try it soon becomes to painful very quickly.what should i do





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