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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.

Read the video transcript

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 50 yrs old and I have a white ring around the top of my foreskin only causes me problems during sex . penis feels sore and sex is uncomfortable . my foreskin can be pulled back easy when my penis is flaccid and also when my penis is fully erect but it is uncomfortable . I have tried betamethasone and that softened the white ring but all is not 100% what do you suggest ?





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hi im joe and im 16 i got circumcised guys its ot a bad thing to do now i feel fresh and i know that im healthy now





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I'm 16 and I can't bring my foreskin fully over the head of my penis, I have tried a couple of times and succeeded but when I managed to get it fully over it hurt, any ideas?





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Hi, I am 16 years old and I can't get my skin over the tip, I'm to scared to tell let alone show someone :( what do I do?





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Don't fear circumcision! It'll be the best decision you'll ever make. I had it done 16 years ago. I experienced both.





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hai, i m 23 years old..due to my over mastrubation now i m facsing some problem in my penis. 1-i lost my penis 2-my sperm count also become very low 3-my prostate gland looking very small 4-my penis foreskin is not flexible..its full tightly attached with penis can anyone pls say is there serious problem..what type of treatment i have to take





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Hello I'm 16 and just today I successfully had sex with a girl for the first time. Before today, I was unable to even pull my foreskin back without it hurting. Today, when I got hard right before having sex, it was pulled back without me doing anything and I saw the head of my penis fully for the first time. Right now it is still pulled back. It doesn't hurt but it is a little irritating. Is that just because I'm not used to it? And should I try and push it back?





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I had a tight foreskin and i have detailed what i think caused it and what i did to cure it here http://uktightforeskin.blogspot.com/ If you are like me it may be linked to your masturbation technique. What i did was i stopped masturbating (no more than once every 4 days) which. Allowed the penis to repair.





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hi im 17 and I can only pull my foreskin back a little. I can see the tip of my penis. is the way of stretching it as I dont want to go my GP.





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If you are like me it may be linked to your masturbation technique. What i did was i stopped masturbating (no more than once every 4 days) which allowed the penis to repair.

I know its a little embarrassing especially when your young but go to your gp ask to see a male doc if you need to but lady doctors are great and its not like yours will be the first one they've seen and its strictly confident (they wont tell your mates) so please don't suffer in silence, and dont try to fix it yourself

Hello I had a preputioplasty about 6 days ago. My foreskin is still very tight; no better than before. My doctor says this can be due swelling and when resolved, he still has hope for me. He does not have much experience in the procedure. How long should it take after the procedure for me to retract w/o difficulty? Anything I should/could be doing in the meantime to improve my outcome. Thanks! -Pete





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