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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Some personal information : Living in Switzerland, born in Italy, 46, married, no children, circumcised.

Since 10 days, I have access from home to Internet and I found on the Web a lot of information on circumcision issues.

Among other sites, I found your site and your essay "From Innocence to Ignorance" and I would like to give you my feedback and my personal experience.

I agree that circumcision is a cultural taboo. I have learned much more in ten days than in 40 years and I need to exchange experience.

I was circumcised when I was 10 months old because of a phimosis. For reasons which I still don't know, the surgeon left on the penis some seven skin bridges on the right side of the shaft near the frenulum connecting the glans with the shaft. Some were positioned exactly on the edge of the scar in connection with the glans, some between the scar and the corona. As a young boy, I never understood where these adhesions were coming from. For many years, I thought that they were the rest of the foreskin attached to the glans on purpose ! I was wondering how a circumcision is done, especially when I realized that other circumcised boys had no such skin bridges.

My erect penis was a little bit curved on the right, but without any pain or trouble. One of the skin bridges broke during love-making (when I was 26). When I was 32, during a check (for other reasons), an urologist proposed me to remove these skin bridges for esthetical reasons, which I accepted.

Since then, I am very satisfied to be circumcised for esthetical reasons. We are, my wife and myself, naturists. My evaluation is that, in Europe, about 50% of the male naturists are circumcised. I don't know, of course, why, but I am sure that it is because of the aesthetic.

I would like to thank you for the excellent information which I found on your site. It helps me to found the answers to a lot of questions !

I would appreciate also to get your opinion : as mentioned in the beginning, to break this cultural taboo is necessary to exchange experience with other people. I know that I do not fit with your approach to "check uncircumcised boy before puberty". In my case, a check before puberty could have solved some "troubles" with clear answers to my questions and with the removal of the skin bridges earlier.

Your question :
>Did the skin bridges cause the curve? i.e. after they were removed did the phallus straighten out ?

The answer is yes.

I particular appreciate your description of treatment of phimosis and of skin bridges. As mentioned before, I was circumcised as an infant because of a phimosis and the left skin bridges were removed when I was 32. I finally get the answers to questions that were without any clear answers during years. In one of your previous answers, you wonder that "a circumcised boy is able to see everything and thus be aware of any problem". I was really asking myself - especially during puberty - what are these "skin bridges" ?, are they normal (i.e. are skin bridges also present under the foreskin) ? are they a consequence of the circumcision ? It is curious to get clear answers only when one is 47