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.

RING RECURS SINCE 2 YEARS

I am 58 years old. Approximately 2 years ago, the onset of phimosis was noticed. Retraction is possible, though painful with the "ripping" of the foreskin when it is at its tightest..

The situation began 2 years ago, lasted for a few months, then left. Approx. 1 month ago it returned, coinsiding with the wife having a yeast infection. Connection ? The situation follows a close 2 week period. ... Then it starts over again. I fully expect it to cease to be a problem in a few weeks, but also expect it to return at sometime in the future.

No matter how tight, I always succeed in full retraction in the shower and am very careful to clean well. When at the tightest, I will have a small "seepage" of blood from the tears. Only enough to notice on tissue.

My father had to have a circumcision when he was about my age, but I don't know why and all are gone, so no one to ask.

I should also mention that I have never had any surgery or even been in the hospital except for the occasional x-ray or simple test. So I am quite frightened concerning the probable circumcision. According to most I have read in books, or on the internet, this is usually the cure. I do not look forward to that.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

RS no infection, so probably a fibrotic (old age) phimosis, so preferable options are dorsal slit or partial circumcision of only the last 1cm.