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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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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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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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Hi im 16 and when erect i can only pull my foreskin just passed the head but any further than that it starts to hurt. It also seem that the piece of skin that connects the head to the foreskin is puling and making the head bend. can anyone tell me the best thing to do.





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Hello, I am 14 years old. I am uncircumcised, and have tight foreskin. (Phismosis) I have never seen my glans in my life, and it hurts to masterbate. I have never cleaned my glans, and it is sensitive to the touch. When fully erect the skin gets very tight and hurts and my penis curves down instead of straight or left or right, because the skin cannot stretch enough to be straight when erect. I don't want to go to a doctor, but it now hurts when I urinate please help me. Thanks.





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Hi guys, just to let you know that I am in my 40s and have always had this problem. I only realised I was different when I saw porn movies. My foreskin only reveals about 1/2 of the tip when erect. I have had a healthy sex life and 4 kids. It can be a problem if sex is a bit rough, so plenty of lube helps me.





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Hello, I think I am having a micropenis. But the problem is i find it difficult to move my foresking backward when it is fully erect. when flaccid I can easily move my foresking backward but not when it is fully erect. does it has to do anything with micropenis? does it is becoz i was addicted to masturbation since last 15 yrs?? the size is around 3.8 inches when erect so is it micropenis?? please differentiate b/w tight foreskin, phimosis, short frenulum , frenulum breve....waiting for ur answer...thank u





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Hey im 15 and i have this condition, i mean when i first realised that i had it i didnt really know what to do, the foreskin would barely move. over time i have started to stretch the skin and it seems to be slowly working, i have also got cream for it to thin the skin. I just want to knon if it is safe to do what im doing.





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Hi my son has been recommended a cream to thin the foreskin. I get him to stretch it once he has soaked in the bath 5/10mins then we pat dry and put cream around and on inside of foreskin using cotton bud and I get him to move it back slowly until it feels tight and repeat a few times.?Each time it does go a bit further. He has told us to do every night for 2wks .... I think prolonged use can thin the skin too much. He can have a general and have it stretched or have a circumcision so waiting to see if this makes a difference first.





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