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.

updates and supporting education on new site :


e.g.28 "phimose ... My bofriend (28) suffers from it -- and me too ... He didn't have a proper girlfriend yet"

e.g.29 "My husband is British (thus uncircumcised) and we first started dating when I lived in Britain about 11 years ago. At the time, he was very reluctant to have sex and I couldn't figure out what was wrong. ... After a year he finally 'fessed up that he had a problem with his foreskin being too tight and that sex was very painful for him."

e.g.30 "My former husband, ... born in Scotland. We met at eighteen and married at nineteen. We divorced four years later. I've been struggling for years to understand the dysfunction we experienced. Having never seen an uncircumcised man before (or since), I put our difficulties down to this phenomenon. ... I never did see the head of his penis as he had about an inch and a half of ragged loose skin that narrowed down to about half an inch in diameter. I never witnessed an 'erection' per se, and his only form of sexual performance was rigorous masturbation that took absolutely ages. Penetration was virtually impossible. If this wasn't phimosis I'd like to know how to define it. .... We were so naive back then and I just assumed I didn't arouse him enough. I carried that emotional baggage around for years. ... Can you enlighten me at all?"

e.g.31 "... a question which has puzzled me throughout my 27-year-marriage. My husband was never circumcised. ... the generous foreskin covers the vagina like a turtle neck." With moderately tight degrees of phimosis (especially when the vagina is unlubricated or unrelaxed), the foreskin will ruffle up, exactly like a "turtle neck", forming a barrier, making penetration impossible. (This example was printed by the Kinsey Institute who are obviously unaware of this symptom for phimosis)

See Also
Problems with Boyfriend
Partner Unaware
Boyfriend with Phimosis
Partner - Cured then Leaves
The Passages to Manhood - 9 of 12