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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 was circumcised as a baby. But now, out of no where, my foreskin has sort of come back! It started a few weeks ago when i noticed it the first time and now its like all the time. Wierding me out. Is this Normal? Ive never had it even do it once before in my whole life. Im 30 now. What is happening?





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I'm 16 and had the same problem, however over the last few months I've almost managed to fix it. Every day ( when showering on morning and before I go to bed) I pulled the foreskin back until it became uncomfortable and held it for about 20-30secs, then repeat this for about 5-10 mins. Overtime the foreskin stretches and you can pull it back further and further. Before I couldn't even retract it when flaccid, but now I can fully retract it when flaccid and almost fully when erect. Hope this helps





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I've been doing something similar and it's working a treat so far

I have a small cut on the end of my forskin, and does not want to heal.can you advise me as to how long it will take to heal.its been like this for 2 weeks now.once I become erect its sore and when I masterbate the foreskin gets thicker and swollen too





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I am 16 i can get my penis erect but I can't pull the foreskin over my head of my penis or when i try it starts to hurt so i stop how can i get it over the head .





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I can pull my foreskin back over the head when I'm erected but no further any tips





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My foreskin is tight I can't even pull it back half way I've been trying to stretch it but I'm scared to rip it I've had sex it didn't bother me but I need help pulling it back I refuse to get circumcized





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i have just turned 16 and imam having problems retracting my foreskin it isnt uncomfortable and it works fine but i cant pull it all the way over the head and i dont know what i should do





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I am 30 years old, I am not a virgin. I have had many different partners without a condom. My foreskin is very tight and has a Lil white spot where my foreskin tore the last dozen times. What's going on?





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I'm 16 now and this is emareasing lol but my foreskin it tight I can pull it down but not all the way is result of this I can't clean behind it I don't won't circumstising I'm wondering if there is anything I can buy or do to help solve this thanks





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I've just turned 16 and have had a problem with my foreskin for a while. I've not been able to pull it back for as long as I remember, its very tight around the head and does not even come down half way. I do recall, but not 100% certain having to go to the doctors/hospital when i was a small child for a problem relating to my foreskin but not sure what it was for. Never pulled it back since. Also, this is hard to describe, but the thought of something, even a hand or clothing rubbing against the head kind of goes through me and i'm just really confused about it all. Advice?





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