Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin of the penis is tight and cannot be pulled back. It is normal in uncircumcised boys, but resolves with age. It is of concern if there is pain and swelling during urination or erection. If an infection develops, it is advisable to consult a urologist. The doctor may treat it with a steroid cream or may suggest going for a circumcision.

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Can I have sex with phimosis?

Query: Hi doctor,I have phimosis. I am ashamed to have sex with my fiance. Will sex be a problem or uncomfortable in future? Is there any solution other than surgery?  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin is tight around the glans penis or the soft tip of the penis. I am sure you have not consulted any doctors for the same. I would suggest you get it examined. The problem is that, when you are aroused at the time of sex, the si...  Read Full »

Is phimosis an STD?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 years old male of height 5’9 and weight 58 kgs. I have ulcerative colitis. I am getting bad cuts around the tip of the foreskin on the penis when retracting the skin often. It takes a few days to heal and then produces cuts when retracted again. It has been happening for...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran Sr

Sexologist, Diabetologist, Andrologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Your issue can be due to phimosis - kindly share an erect picture so that I can help you with the diagnosis. If you have a history of unprotected sex, we need to think of STI (sexually transmitted infections). If there is a family histo...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my tight foreskin and swollen penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old male weighing 96 kg and 168 cm tall. I am not taking any medication currently. My foreskin and penis were normal until a month ago. More than a month ago, I noticed some white discharge trapped in my foreskin. I noticed white spots in the inner foreskin. Later the i...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hi, Welcome to The condition you have is called phimosis, which is the narrowing of the foreskin trapping the white material called smegma inside. The treatment by medications has a success rate of around 70%. If the medical treatment failed, then the last option is circumcision. Appl...  Read Full »

How is phimosis treated?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 27-year-old male and I never been sexually active. But I believe that I have penile phimosis. I do not have pain and I am unable to pull the foreskin below the head of the penis. How to treat it?  Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis, Md

General Practitioner, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are right and you should be able to pull your foreskin below the head of the penis. So, you have phimosis. It needs to be treated to lead a normal sexual life in the future. In phimosis, you are at a higher risk of contracting infectious diseases and you can transmi...  Read Full »

What is the condition of penis that present with tight foreskin?

Query: Im a male 28yrs old 175cm ht & 85kg wt my pennis foreskin is tight not pulling back and the mouth of foreskin has become small pls suggest the medicines thank you  Read Full »

Dr. C Sharath Kumar

Infertility Specialist, Sexologist

Answer: You have Phimosis. Phimosis or Tight fore skin is a condition in which the foreskin of the penis cannot be pulled back past the glans. A balloon-like swelling May occur under the foreskin during urination. It may result in pain during erection and intercourse. Sometimes, It may cause inflammation ...  Read Full »

Why am I unable to retract my foreskin?

Query: I am 5"9 ' and weigh 70kgs and on no medication. I can retract my foreskin fully when flaccid , but when penis is fully erect , my foreskin when pulled back gets struck behind the head. It neither goes back nor forth. I have to wait for it to become flaccid to retract the foreskin back. Please sugge...  Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis, Md

General Practitioner, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Dear, Thank you for getting in touch with me. I read very carefully what is concerning you. It is called an “incomplete phimosis”. I can totally understand that you’re worried, but I can reassure you that many men have this condition. Normally it is only treated if it causes yo...  Read Full »

Why is there pain in my foreskin when pulled back during erection?

Query: Hi doctor, When I pull my foreskin back during erection, it is very irritating, sometimes to the point of being painful. Can you help me with that?  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from foreskin being painful and irritating during an erection. Such conditions may result from balanitis, trauma, persistent erection or priapism, Peyronie's disea...  Read Full »

Why is there pain in the foreskin during erection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old male of height 5.7 feet and weight 115 lbs. I have a problem with my foreskin during erection. I have this problem for about a month, and there is pain during erection.  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhav


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would have ideally liked to have little more detail regarding the type of problem and its duration. Considering that you have written there is a pain when it is erect; there are two possible causes of pain in the erect penis that is related to foreskin: 1. Short fre...  Read Full »

What could cause white spots on the penile tip with inability to retract the skin?

Query: Hello doctor,I have observed white spots on the tip of my penis in the last few months. I do not have any pain or discomfort. However, I am unable to pull my penis skin backward for the last few months. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Ankush Jairath


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Any history of unprotected sex with a new partner in the recent past? Any history of diabetes or hypertension or any medications? Can you please upload the picture depicting the white spot for proper diagnosis and treatment advice?  Read Full »

My son's penis tip is very narrow. How to correct that?

Query: Hi doctor, My 2 year old son's penis tip has a very narrow opening. The foreskin at the bottom part is quite flexible, but it seems to be attached to the inner meatus at the tip. When I try to pull back the foreskin for cleaning gently, the inner meatus is hardly visible. Earlier, he used to have b...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This phenomenon is known as phimosis. Most of the time, steroid ointment that you have applied will help. In your case, it has helped. So, do not worry even if the opening is small as long as there is no ballooning of the prepuce. You can get a circumci...  Read Full »

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