This site discusses phimosis in its specific forms of phimotic ring, frenulum breve, adhesions or skinbridges. During erection these conditions inhibit the relationship between foreskin and glans. This functionally restricts the erection, and thus has an effect on the sexuality. With our culture's attitudes on health care, it would be appropriate to monitor boys before puberty and encourage early prevention.

2012 : note from author: My previous idea of monitoring boys before puberty is impractical, unecessary and now only of historical interest. please see Postscript.

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Phimosis Summary

A tightness at the end of the foreskin hinders retraction. There are two typical forms of this tightness, an infant phimosis and the phimotic ring. An infant phimosis has an easily recognisable tubular form which looks like the shortened trunk of a miniature elephant. This is normal, natural and perfectly healthy.

An infant phimosis has an easily recognisable pouting nozzle which looks like the shortened trunk of a miniature elephant. It has also been likened to a bottle nose dolphin.

Normal healthy babies will freely and playfully pull the "dolphin nose" forward - this behaviour is reported as early as 7-9 months - it appears to be a healthy and natural way for infants to release their epithelial adhesions. (see report from a mother of two boys).

I am dependant for more information on advice FROM parents. (I am not a father and I believe personal experience lies at the basis of understanding, so I am unqualified on this subject, and would very mush appreciate more reports from parents).

Many adults retain a degree of this long infant overhang. This is common and certainly not unhealthy and though some men choose to be circumcised due to a long overhang, this in my opinion, is not to be considered as a problem or confused with any malformation..

Occasionally and possibly only when other conditions are present, the tubular form of an infant phimosis remains undeveloped and tight even during erections in adulthood.

" ... I could get the smallest of my fingers down the 'tube', and under my foreskin to touch my glans. This lead to the discovery that I had a skinbridge.... I discovered this when I was about 25 and I was able to roll back the end of my foreskin - the tube. I guess that it had been stretched enough by then. It was like rolling down the neck of a polo neck sweater. My phimosis was - when limp, around 13 mm in length. When erect this did shorten, but I could not ever see my glans."