RING RECURS FOR 20 YEARS
I am a 32 year-old uncircumcised Canadian male. My question concerns
the so-called phimotic ring. At about age 11/12 I experienced what
I remember to be a rather severe case of phimosis. Over some time I
recall not being able to retract the foreskin. The opening was very
small and I believe there was some discharge as well. Frustrated with
the situation, I attempted to stretch the skin manually until it could
be retracted. After some time I was able to, however I created a situation
which may have been paraphimotic. Eventually I remedied the condition
by bathing in cold water and stretching.
Into my twenties I never experienced this situation again. While
living in Germany I read that it was infact "unhealthy" to wash the
foreskin using soap. It was recommended that water only be used. After
I adopted this technique of hygiene I noticed a return of the tightness
which was manifest in a ring at the junction of the inner and outer
foreskin. Although no trouble in retraction occured, the ring nonetheless
was noticeable especially during erection (a white indentation rather
than an hourglass was visible). Eventually it disappeared. More recently
it has returned. Again it is not severe but a white ring is clearly
visible during erection, especially on one side. I would like to eliminate
this. I occasionally try streching, in both directions with a vitamin
e enriched cream, but with little success.
RS For permanent cure full circumcision is unecessary - preferable
options are dorsal slit or partial circumcision of only the last 1cm.