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.

Very Much Under Construction AND definitely NOT intended as advice for parents

Adults may be able to use the probe check, however this could be dangerous if any infection was present:


Intelligence and carefullness are necessary in order to diagnose with a probe. No responsibility is taken for any damage you may do to yourself as a result of reading this information. If you doubt your ability to be careful and sensible, please go to a doctor. I would welcome any advice from a urologist to complete this section.

Re read the summary of the conditions, be sure of what you are looking for. Be wise, and check you understand everything before starting

If retraction is impossible due to a phimosis, it would normally require a certain expertise and practice to continue with the diagnosis. With the help of a blunted, rounded, sterilised probe, an urologist is able to ascertain the position and nature of any further constriction.

DO NOT use this probe to PROD around. Move the probe slowly and carefully so as not to break any remains of infant adhesions.

The only usual household equipment which resembles a urlogical probe in shape and size is a q-tip, but here the cotton wool is far too abrasive and it doesn't slide as easily between the foreskin and glans as the smooth plastic of an urological probe would. Even a bit of simple oil or incidently saliva which sticks the cotton wool together ... ) only diminishes the friction. (I cannot advise using q-tips, but they might be the only thing you've got,...)... One should use a special urological probe, and this is essential for examinations on children. Remember that the glans is especially sensitive in cases where it has never been exposed.

PLEASE PRACTICE: with the tip of your tongue held between your lips, take the probe and move it round your tongue. If you drag it, (if you are using a q-tip despite my warnings), it will rub. Now ROLL the probe between your finger tips, then ROLL it round your tongue, it might tickle a bit, but it's a far more pleasant experience.

In your mouth, rolling the probe around the tongue, will be easier than rolling it around your lips, and here the analogy ceases to apply. On the penis, you will need to roll the probe around the foreskin, NOT around the glans. This rolling action will stop the probe catching on any folds of skin.

Gently insert the probe on the side of the penis. The healthiest and simplest possibility is that there will be no obstructions between the foreskin and the glans.

One must be especially careful due to infant adhesions. These adhesions can be bonded over a large or smaller area, they usually release last in the area around the frenulum. Move the probe slowly carefully rolling it around the foreskin. If the foreskin starts to pull off the glans this will be painful, at the first implication of pain stop the examination. Though a specialist may sometimes use force to break these adhesions, they will then need after care. If you break the adhesions while the area is covered with a phimosis, this will be particularly difficult to care for.

Skin bridges may have formed at any place between the foreskin and the glans. You will be able to move the probe on either side of this strip or string of skin. To confirm the presence of a skin bridge, a second curved probe may be necessary to examine behind the obstruction.

If you have phimosis it is very difficult to check the frenulum. This is particularly true at present because (sorry but) I haven't a clue how the urologists do it!

All I assume at present, is when there is no obstruction, there is no frenulum breve, whereas a healthy frenulum forms a flap or ridge which blocks the movement of the probe

How this sheet of skin moves or feels when it is too short, and covered by a phimosis is a mystery to me.