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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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Hi, I can't pull my foreskin back and embarresed to tell my parents. When I pull back the foreskin I can see the tip of it, will I go to pharmacy/doctors and ask for a cream to loosen the foreskin?.





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Please help I'm 13 and I cannot pull my foreskin back and when I do masturbate I cannot even see any tip of my head of the penis or anything and I don't know what to do. I don't want to tell my mum and my dad has passed my mum said to me I always have to clean it and I never knew what she meant and now I asked her did you pull my foreskin back when I was little she sad yes. I am really worried and don't want to tell her but I don't know what to do.





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hi my son had this problem and was given an operation called a preputioplasty (widening of the foreskin) as a day patient, which solved the problem. in my sons case he was getting soreness as a result of an infection called BXO that can cause scarring. even if you have no soreness i would definitely see a doctor as not being able to pull the foreskin back makes you prone to infection. you may not need an operation but i would definitely seek the advice of a doctor as the sooner the problem is sorted the better (i think in less severe cases it can be treated with steroids). please don't feel embarrassed as doctors must see this problem all the time and your mum doesn't need to come in with you (i did but looked the other way!

Hi I'm 14 and can't pull my foreskin back and I've hit puberty and I'm quite concerned. Could any one help me?





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Betamethasone is the name of the cream you should be looking for.. it makes stretching the foreskin easier.





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Hi I'm 16 and I have had a tight foreskin for a while now and I can only see the very tip of the penis head and I have a small penis for my age. When I masterbate it doesnt hurt but I'm getting a bit worried. What should i do?





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Hi I'm 17 and my foreskin is tight to the point where I can't pull it back when I'm fully erect. I can't really tell my parents without it being really awkward. Is there any treatment tool or cream that can be brought over the counter and anything that could be done at home? This problem is worrying because one day when it comes to sex it's not gonna be great.





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I know it's embarassing but try to talk to your parents about it. Or at least your father. If you can't talk to your parents about this talk to your doctor.My 10 year old son can't pull his skin back at all and after a doctors visit he has a prescription for an ointment to apply twice a day when stretching the foreskin. He just started the the ointment so we dont have any progress yet but he is supposed to use it for 6 weeks and then if it doesnt work there is a medical procedure he will go through.

Im 15 and my cant get the head of my penis out,unlike all of my friends. I have a really tight foreskin and it hurts when I try to pull it. i dunno what to do and when am not erected, it kinda retracts itself inside of the "hole". i might have a scar, about 5mm on the back of my foreskin, starting from the tip. I can masturbate normally(still with the head inside). but i dunno if its gonna affect my sex life after. please help





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I'm 21, and I am unable to pull my foreskin back when i'm fully erect. I can pull it back when i'm not erect. Any suggestions on how I can pull my foreskin back when erect?





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Tell your doctor about this issue. They can prescribe you a cream that will help stretch your foreskin

Help ? Im 19 and my foreskin doesn't retract at all and it gets ichy from time to time





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Hi Im 18 years old and foreskin is tight i can't pull it back is there any simple way i can loss it in my home??





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