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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e.g.32 "I'm 40 and married. ... My foreskin has been tight for as long as I can remember. I do remember once (about13 years old I think ) being taken to my doctor about it, and the outcome I think, or his opinion, was - "it will stretch".

"Sex has usually been stressful (rather than uncomfortable) to the point where I dont have it now." ... (he describes) "a thin strip of skin. It looks short - perhaps from the glands, about 2-3mm before it gets thicker and joins to the foreskin. ... This area has ripped before during intercourse a couple of times. Small amount of blood, a lot of worry, ... My penis softens ( perhaps cos I'm thinking "this is gonna rip!)"

e.g.33 A man of 22 wrote "Up to now I had never really thought of it in terms of something that I could cure, but rather just live with. "My frenulum was always very tight but I considered it normal having nothing to compare with. Masturbating was a mix of thrill and slight pain, which I started to accentuate over the years : pleasure and pain, satisfaction and remorse/cupability - sometimes feeling that my penis was going to "break", to bleed as a punition for masturbating. I think I got used to it and it always remained easy to control pain as I was masturbating.

"my frenulum ripped during penetration...I was very ashamed and try to hide it...she noticed of course, the bed being full of blood .... 4 days ago, my frenulum ripped again, very slightly in fact because there is not much to rip, but still it has ripped. ... I feel I was never informed about the condition and never properly examined by doctors I have met during my schooling. The years going by, I got used to the condition but I am now sure that this discomfort prevents me from an optimal sex life. ... My frenulum, even after 4 rippings (and truly speaking four mini traumas), is today still too tight.

"Thanks again for your work which has helped me to reconsider my condition and at last to be convinced that if I am obsessed by my genitals, I have a reason for. this."

The Passages to Manhood - 10 of 12