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.

DRAWSTRING EFFECT DEVELOPS = SKINBRIDGE

Dear Sir,
I am researching phimosis and am wondering if you could assist me. My son is seven (just). His foreskin does not retract at all. Not even the tip of his penis is visible. There is a drawstring effect of the foreskin. If he tries to retract it, he says it hurts. I remember that it used to retract a long time ago though. Please advise as to whether this is something I should be concerned about, or if he is one of those boys that will bloom late, as they say.

I advised that I`d never heard of a frenulum breve developing (unless it rips) maybe it could be skin bridge

Robin,
Thanks for the info. I suppose you could say that he was sexually active at one point, he was molested. That's the main reason that I keep an eye out for long term physical damage. He wasn't given a medical exam at the time, so it's hard to tell. The isolated instances that I recall him pulling it all the way back, he said it stung real bad, so there might be scarring. Also, he has a pretty fat seam up the underside of the tip of his penis.