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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'm 23 years old and recently my foreskin has become very tight to the point where it is splitting when I pull it back to clean. What can I do to prevent this my doctor said use sudocrem but that isn't doing anything for it.





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I'm 17, and my foreskin does not go back very far (not even half over the head of the penis) but this has never caused me any particular problem. I can urinate perfectly well and though the skin under my foreskin is sensitive, no one is touching it... Do I have a problem? Should ease my foreskin to avoid smegma build up or infection? Or is it fine as it is - easing back at it's natural rate due to masturbating and handjobs etc?





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Im 15 and mine dosnt go over the head of the penis at tall there's just a small hole at the top of the forskin

Hi I'm 20 and Ive recently been experiencing tight foreskin and I cannot push it down enough to see the head of my penis. I'm really worried and don't want a circumcision. What else can I do?





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I'm 16 and have a tight foreskin when I am masterbating I can only see the top of my head, I have never been able to see my head fully. I have had sex but it felt uncomfortable any suggestions?





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Im 14 and i have tought foreskin and my penis is really small .like 2in erected. I dont think its normal and i feel very uncomfortable being around girls because of this.pls help me





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I ment tight foreskin

im 14 and my foreskin wont retrac fully can i jut get circumcision i talked to my mum about and she helped me and said lets go to the doctors what should i do?





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Am 55 and just goin on a year now my foreskin is tightin rite up and theres redest marks on the head of the of it so what do I do am seein my doctor today but when havein sex if I lube it up sex is ok





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Hello, I'm 17 and masturbating with a tight foreskin has caused tears beneath my glans, and inflammation and oversensivity of the glans. What to do?





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Hi I am 18 years old I cant remember a time I have been able to pull my foreskin back all the way, when I has younger I used a masturbation method that may have caused damage to my penis, the top of my penis looks a bit swollen and that looks like what may be stopping me pulling it back, when I try and pull it back I can only reveal part of the head and when I touch it it is really sensitive. I have ditched the damaging masturbation method and stuck to the normal one however my foreskin will still not pull back. Is it a case of leave it and wait for it to heal or is there anything else I can do. Also if I ever do manage to pull it back what can I do about my sensitive penis head, it really hurts when I touch it, all comments appreciated. Thanks





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Hi I'm 16 and have tight foreskin and it can go past the glans when erect but no further and it kinda sits underneath it.When flaccid it's fine,I've heard that your foreskin detaches from the glans in puberty? Is this the reason why or is it something else? And that cream sounds good but wouldn't like to face my parents.





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