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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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Hi, I am 13 years old and I wanted to know that does penis size matter. And why is my foreskin so tight.





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Hi, I'm 15 I think i am suffering from a tight foreskin when i retract it, it retracts very easily but it is really painful i have tried retracting it in the bath but it really hasn't made much difference. I need help. Please could someone come back soon. Thanks





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Take it slow. I am 15 as well and I had the same problem. Don't stretch it too hard, it may scar and injure. Anything else, ask away.

Please email me back! I have a problem retracting my foreskin, I can't finally retract it when flaccid, but there is no chance that I can retract it when erect, I have been doing stretching techniques for the last 2 years but I am still in able to retract my foreskin, i read something about this on the nhs website and it said the foreskin should separate from the glands around the age of 2, my foreskin is 100% attached to my glands and this is causing me pain when trying to retract it. Other things I have noticed is that because I can't really retract my foreskin, it can cause an odour which I presume is caused by urine? Please help! Thanks





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I am 15 years old and I am a bit worried. I can pull my foreskin back but it not going back into place by itself. I was just wondering if this was natural, if it isn't what should i do?





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I am 17 and when i am soft i cannot pull the foreskin back over the head without it hurting, feeling like its going to split. i am currently in a relationship with another guy and this makes sex very hard and a rare thing. When i am hard and try to pull my foreskin back it will not go over, unless alot of lube is used or its in the heat of the moment. but either way its very tight when pulled back and just feels like its tearing. when i pull it back over the head it is very tight and hard to get back over the head it feels very tight and it takes a minute or two to push it back over. I have tried some stretching before but have never noticed any changes :/





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Before you consider any form of surgery, at least try manual stretching. It worked for me - my foreskin was so tight I couldn't even see my glands! A few months of stretching and the skin was much looser. Google "stretching foreskin", there are many results that will help you. Best of Luck!





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hello my name is neil age 41 as i have got a tight foreskin on my penis most 10 years now, and when i saw embarrassing on tv there was a young man had the same thing above a tight foreskin when i had seen this on your tv it was telling me i need to see my doctor as i did then i had to go to my hospital to sort this out with mr chris parker to have circumcision and now i am now waiting to have this done very soon, they do say when you have this done it will be very clean that was i was told by mr parker so its looking great to go ahead with this. most boys and men do have this done and there is nothink to worry about having the circumcicion





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I am 26 and can't pull my foreskin back at all it my penis has lots of scars all around it I am diabetic too.. Even when I get hard it all cracks and bleeds.Need advice on this





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I am, young, only 15, and all me life I have had this condition. No matter if I'm erect or not, I absolutely cannot pull my foreskin back past the head. In fact I cant pull it back at all. I just need to ask whether I should get surgery as soon as I can before I start my sex life, so it isn't an embarrassment when I start crying out in pain as I insert it, or should I just wait and as time goes on, it will get looser? Thanks.





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your skin will become loser time by time.......don't worry about it...keep strechting it regularly

You DO NOT need surgery. Do a Google search "stretching foreskin". There are many results that will help you. I was 22 when I realised something was wrong. I completed daily stretching techniques and in no time my foreskin was fully retracting. Good luck!

Phimocure is an option, I looked in to non surgical options in great length and the urologist told me my only option was circumcision, I did try to discuss my preference for preputioplasty but he wasn't keen to discuss this with me. I have opted to buy a few ear tunnels from eBay to see if I can stretch it myself before surgery. My problem is not bad but can cause pain when fully retracted when erect it is only when it is retracted all the way that hurts but it is affecting my sex life. Phimocure seems to just be a series of ever expanding ear tunnels so I think I will give this a go. Wish me luck!





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