Hi, my name is Alex. First of all, I'd like to also say that I almost saw circumcision as a very near alternative to my phimosis problem for lack of information. Since I had not even heard about alternative techniques for the cure of phimosis, I have been suffering this condition.
About the time I was 17 or 18, I suffered a case of paraphimosis, which resulted from me stretching the foreskin over the glans and not being able to cover it again. At this point, the head of the penis started to lose blood circulation and turned purple; this was a very painful experience and had to be treated as an emergency at the hospital. With the use of local anesthetics, the doctor pulled foreskin over the head again to cover it. I must say, though, that this seemed to be too painful even with the use of anesthetics.
At this point, the doctor immediately recommended I get circumcised. At the time, circumcision seemed as the best alternative because I absolutely didn't want another paraphimosis to occur. However, the doctor never did schedule the appointment for the circumcision and as the time passed, I neglected bringing the case up again because of fear (of pain).
With this background information in mind, I still suffer this condition but would now really like to try curing it. I've once again thought about circumcision but decided to look for additional information before I take any decisions.
I have read about topical steroid ointments being used before and even a device called "The Glansie" (pictured here: )to aid in stretching the skin.
What are your recommendations as far as to what I should do; should I try to get a prescription for betamethasone and try to do the stretching only with this or should I consider purchasing the above mentioned device and use it in combination with the ointment?
Again, I am very pleased to finally find this information and would like to thank you beforehand for any advice and comments you might be able to provide. Thanks.
You sound American, so that's why I say you're lucky. Most guys ending up in the hospital with paraphimosis would have received a dorsal slit at the least. Many come home with a naked glans, having been totally shorn.
I personally don't care much for the Glansie because of the way pressure would be put upon wherever it touches. It isn't spread out enough, so there is risk of damage.
Fingers, on the other hand pose little risk in causing damage by pressure.
Betamethasone isn't really necessary, but it would facilitate your stretching, so if you'd like a little help, get it.
Start by using your fingers. Since the opening is really tight, you may have to use a grip as shown here:
As progress is made, come back so we can advise you on how to move on from there.
Well now, if you've done your reading here properly, you should have all the answers to your questions.
Please do the reading, because you need to understand it all. However, I will summarise the main details.
The basic rule for stretching is - "whatever works". It must however, be adequate - keep in mind that we are employing a concept that the skin stretches as it needs to; for example, your skin has grown to accommodate the contours of your body; where you put on muscle bulk - or fat - it grows to suit, never becoming "too tight" (though there are to be sure, certain diseases where it might).
Of course, this happens due to the constant pressure from the internal structures; it is rather difficult to emulate this except as this fellow invented. So, all other ways require somewhat more determined stretching (I am avoiding the word "forcible") for shorter periods but clearly, the longer and more often you stretch, the more effective (and faster) it is going to be.
Now the primary assessment is: can you get at least one finger tip into the opening? If so, that's what you do, if not then a smaller object that is a tight fit or indeed the "Glansie" is what you need to get somewhere at this stage. Jim describes a "pulling from the outside" approach - I'm not sure exactly how effective it is since the tight region is more on the inside but - it's something!
The limitation of the "Glansie" is - it's probably great when you can't get a finger in, but since the jaws are indeed, much smaller than the finger, then at that stage, they are too small to apply the pressure evenly to a larger opening - you would need to "shoe" them with progressively larger "snubs" such as might be made from short pieces of (soft) plastic tubing or hose.
Anyway, if you haven't already, do the reading back through this forum, and run a few of the ideas previously cited, past us.
Thanks for your responses and valuable input. I have done extensive reading and my next question has already been answered with your previous responses. Forcible would mean that I require to feel some pain associated with the stretching, right? I can fit one finger into the opening so far. However, I did get a very minor cut in the skin from the stretching; is this to worry about or just part of the procedure? Thanks again for all the significantly important information.
As always, in order to assess the problem, we would need real details - the matter of "fissures" has indeed been addressed often enough here.
To say you "got a very minor cut in the skin" really doesn't tell us anything much - where was the cut, which direction, how large, exactly how do you think it happened, exactly what were you doing at the time? Were you using anything like the "Glansie"? Is the skin unhealthy - red, dry, flaky, etc?
Pain is a good indicator. We do not want you to deliberately cause pain; that is neither necessary nor particularly likely to be of any benefit. We figure that most sensible people can estimate something to be moderately uncomfortable (in much the same way as heavy exercise is moderately uncomfortable), and that is probably a good indicator.
I wrote earlier about getting a cut while going through a stretching exercise. It is a vertical cut near the very top of the foreskin and not bigger than 1/16th of an inch.
I was not using anything other than my fingers when I got this cut. Also, I noticed that the skin on the inside part of the foreskin has an irregular color; it seems like it's a little too pale and this is only on some parts of the skin. Could this be a yeast infection? Could it be possible that such an infection cause phimosis? I should also note that I haven't always had phimosis. I can remember being able to fully pull down the foreskin when I was around 12 or 13 years old. What I can't remember is when I could not do so anymore.
In case I do in fact have a yeast infection, is it possible that after treating the infection it might be easier to do the stretching? Thanks for your continuing support and advice.
I've been trying to do the stretching guided by the image you posted for me earlier, but I have not noticed much progress that way. I'll continue doing it though. The cut has not fully healed, but I've already been researching about the yeast treatment products. Do "regular" or common vaginal creams have the active ingredients for yeast treatment or is that something completely different? Can you explain to me a little more about the development of yeast?
Also, should it be easier to retract the foreskin when flaccid or when erect? I imagine it varies widely. I just want to hear something to keep me motivated. Will the stretching exercise depicted in the image posted also aid the stretching of the ring? In the future, it would only be a partial triumph to be able to retract the skin all the way back only to see myself with a case of the very painful paraphimosis once again. Thanks.
To be honest, I'm not too impressed by the picture Jim posted. The problem with it, is that the part that you can grip in this manner, is not the tightest part, which is further inside. You are therefore pulling only indirectly on the tight region - as always, it's better than nothing, but probably won't suit your agenda.
The exercise you need to focus on, it getting the largest object you can - generally a finger, but other smooth, rounded "torpedo-shape" objects may be practical - somewhat tightly into the opening; tight enough to feel really tight, but not painful; and leaving them in there for a little while (a "little while" is however long you can spare the time to do so).
What is useful about fingers is that you have a few different sizes, including thumbs, and a thumb is pretty close to two little finger tips, and once you get to that, you can "lean" the two fingers against each other to push the tips outward and hold this for a while.
Yeast treatment creams are yeast treatment creams - there are vaginal creams for other purposes which would be entirely irrelevant. Generally, a yeast treatment cream for female use will be just fine for your foreskin - in fact, the instructions on them, such as Monistat® which I have here, indicate that they deliberately supply enough to treat the male at the same time when a woman is using it herself. (In any case, I have been advising people to do exactly that for 20 or 30 years now!)
You probably want to get going and treat for yeast before you get too keen on stretching, and you may need to use the cream occasionally to prevent it coming back.
Now, there is no reason to provoke paraphimosis. Do all the stretching with your foreskin forward until you can clearly see that it is going to be easy to retract it, at least without an erection. If you can retract it easily without an erection, then you will always be able to get it back again simply by "losing" an erection (as long as you don't leave it like that way too long).
I bought a generic yeast infection cream called Clotrimazole, which is the active ingredient in this drug. Do you foresee any reason why this cream would not work for my purpose?
Jim, about you previous response, I completely understood what you were talking about; the stretching method I have been using in fact does not directly help stretch the tightest point of the skin in question. That was actually where I was going with my questioning of this technique. After reading about some of the examples about torpedo-like, smooth objects such as "bird rings" to insert in the narrow opening, I also thought about doing this. However, since I can already fit one index finger in there, I don't imagine a pen cap to exert much pressure on the tight part of the skin. Any other specific ideas or suggestions about objects that would work for this matter?
The more I read about the subject and all the help you guys have given to so many people, the more I appreciate your consistency and dedication to doing so. I had been extensively searching for some answers for quite some time now and had never encountered a forum like this; so willing to help, unconditionally. Thanks a lot.
Clotrimazole is indeed a standard medication for treating yeast (Candida Albicans) infections, so should do the job.
I wouldn't call the bird rings "torpedo-shaped"; they are quite blunt and therefore have to be inserted carefully into the opening with some skill, and as that fellow found, you have to be very careful they have no sharp or even rough parts on them, or that also can cause fissures such as you have experienced. What they are good for is that once inserted, they can be left in place for much or all of the day (being hollow, you can pee through them).
An object you might have to hand and which might have a suitable "torpedo-shape", could be the cap from a marking pen. But you should certainly (after treating with the Clotrimazole cream) get going using your fingers.
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