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 encourage early prevention.

Jan 2021 : Please read the new summary.

with suggestions for the sexual advice books and therapists

Every adolescent and adult male should realise that when erect, the foreskin is normally movable, with the possibility of pulling it back inside out so that it sheathes the shaft. In doing this, the frenulum should not be so tight that it pulls the glans downward, or the foreskin forward again.

A good piece of information is that retraction takes place automatically when erect among most normal uncircumcised men.

Another way of describing the situation: most uncircumcised men find it enjoyable to move the foreskin backwards and forwards over the glans.

A good description is phimosis "inhibits the movement of the foreskin, especially on the erect penis."

You are not stupid if you didnt realise this! If you did not realise then your foreskin is certainly either painful or difficult in some way, and it is normal for people to avoid pain and difficulty, this happens in all walks of life.

Such information is essential among sufferers who have adapted to their condition accepting it is normal. It is exactly because of their anatomical inhibition that some of these men have never developed a normal awareness of the phallus. Such men have never looked at their own glans when erect let alone compared themselves with other men. Thus it is also important to remember that such men may find pictures of the phallus to be estranging or even objectionable - simply because these pictures are so different to their own experience and year long confirmation. Written information in sexual advice books is necessary, in year 1997 neither this nor pictures were available.

Often men with such conditions believe that pictures of the retracted foreskin simply belong to circumcised men. A row of pictures showing the gradual retraction of the foreskin would be helpful.

Therapists should be aware that with any sexual disorientation, even if environmental problems appear to predominate, a short conversation to confirm the patient is aware of foreskin retraction will eliminate the possibility of this extra hidden complication. - Please see The Sexual Therapists Responsibility

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