STRETCHING (e mails)
Dr. Beauge wrote: "It
is of course essential that the preputial opening be stretched round
the circumference of the fully erect glans. This technique meets the
requirements of the kinesitherapy of soft tissues, gradual stretching.
In some cases I have recommended instrumental dilatation with the use
of a dilator in patients who agree to this procedure, or I have advised
the introduction of two fingers into the opening of the foreskin to
A note which could be helpful is that many men report successful
stretching in the shower ... I wonder if steam and humidity could
have an effect?
Note: If there is only a little difficulty in retraction, do not
use any force, there is a danger of getting the foreskin stuck behind
the glans. see paraphimosis
There seems to be a combination of method, time and location (this
is what seems to have worked for me, anyway) to take into
consideration. As follows:
I do my stretching in the shower - At first I just held the foreskin
outside and pulled in opposite directions - this for a minute or two
a time. Once things loosened up a little, I got a little more aggressive
and managed to get inside the foreskin with both fingers and pulled.
did vary the directions I pulled in, figuring I was going to give the
an equal work-out in all directions. I did have a little tearing (not
to form any significant scar tissue, though) that healed soon after.
Something about too much of a good thing and all...
I'm not sure whether or not being in the shower has anything to
the results I've had to date - possibly the moisture of the shower
somewhat of a role here too.
Keep in mind that this is after several months - I didn't use any
lotions or otherwise (there seem to be some adverse effects from
the use of).
For a better understanding of the subject: please read: Stretching
If stretching works -- you will only achieve a temporary improvement.
One must keep stretching a phimotic ring after a few days it will simply
start closing up again. On the other hand, this daily stretching will
become easier and may turn into an enjoyable pastime. If its no fun
to stretch then change the method ...
When the skin becomes less flexible in old age, some men who previously
had no difficulty with retraction, with relatively regular sex, can
become quite unable to retract even when flaccid. Lubricants and creams
may ease the situation, however it is apparent that anyone who had
needed to keep the foreskin stretched throughout his entire life, would
almost certainly be faced with a surgical correction in old age.
Having said this, weighing the possibilities that in 40 years either
you might be dead or medicine will have developed various new treatments
for phimosis, then the experience of several men indicates that it
is worth stretching.
On the stretching-- I really didn't start until fairly recently--last
three or four years- My urologist had recommended that I start using
Astro Glide (a wonderful lubricant that looks/feels/tastes like the
natural lubricant) because he believed my foreskin would begin to be
less pliable (age)
About the same time, I read with a great deal of interest of men
restoring their foreskin-- and the method of stretching to accomplish
the restoration--It occurred to me that if someone without one could
stretch enough to develop something akin to a foreskin--then why couldn't
I stretch mine so that it was not so restrictive. At the time I started
doing this, I had a definite phimotic ring- at times producing somewhat
of an hour-glass appearance when erect. Today, I have absolutely no
sign of a restriction where this once was and my foreskin is more pliable
and looser than any time in my life. As I said earlier- this method
and etc may not work for anyone else- but for me it has been great-
and I have wondered why I didn't try it earlier
John's phimosis started at puberty indicating that this was connected
with LSA.. He was unable to stretch despite the following idea.
I started with 'conventional' attempts at retraction, .... Later I
hit on the idea of inserting small objects into the opening and leaving
them there. In this way I could keep the skin under constant tension,
which I thought would surely cause it to stretch. It did seem to have
some effect, as the object would become easier to remove and insert
after a few days' treatment. ... A further refinement was to use small
cylindrical items which I could wrap tape around to gradually increase
the diameter. ... I did continue with this sort of treatment on and
off, and there was a very slight stretching as a result. However, it
really was very slight - I think when I started I could only get a
6mm diameter object in, but this gradually increased to about 10mm.
This improvement probably took a couple of years ...
Beauge's methods are reported to start working within the first
weeks, ... after two months, I would suggest either adding steroids
to the treatment, or looking for other treatments.
Steroids - central index
One widely reported method of stretching is by pinching the overhang
and ballooning the foreskin with urine. This is dangerous due to the
pressure on the bladder.
Nature's Way illustrates
the infants natural method of pulling the foreskin forward. Catzel advises inserting two fingers and pulling
the foreskin outwards. - I would urge doctors to refrain from advising
stretching to parents who do not fully understand the ideas behind
the procedure. One father justified the effects of stretching his sons
foreskin thus : "he also howls when he goes to the dentist".
Stretching may be more effective in early childhood or infancy, but
the boy himself must do this if he wants to.
One should never use force to push or pull back on a boy's foreskin
- this cannot be repeated often enough, there are an extraordinary
amount of people who support the use of forceful stretching exercises
- there are a number of anatomical complications which force may cause,
but quite simply such a first step into manhood would be a truly inappropriate
initiation for our culture. The use of force and pain builds up negative
psychological attitudes about what one is attempting to achieve, i.e.
retracting the foreskin.
I would suggest that an appropriate modern initiation would be as
the result of self experiment and self strecthing that a boy would
experience a feeling of excitement and fun at this new discovery
about his own male body.