Hi, im 16 years olds and I have a pretty tight foreskin, im not sure which way I should be pulling my foreskin during daily stretching, away from the penis, or towards the penis? Which one is more effective?
Im not really worried about the foreskin itself, im worried about the build up of smegma behind it.
Smegma, much maligned, is not really a threat to your health. While some still falsely claim a relationship between smegma and penile cancer, it remains simply a theory some surgeons use to coerce men into circumcisions. There is no evidence substantiating the claim.
Inability to retract is also not a threat to health, nor is it necessarily a detriment to sexual enjoyment. However, ideally, your foreskin should retract easily and fully.
This is what I recommend:
If you have issues with that, we'll look at something else to start you off. Do this exercise at least twice daily, and more if you can. Don't miss any days, and keep it up until six weeks past the time when you can retract easily.
Where are you located?
March 29 2009, 3:24 AM
I live in England in the South-West near Plymouth. And Thanks, I shall try doing this exercise and let you know how its going. So you bassicly just pull it away from the penis, and pull both sides of the foreskin away from each other? Thanks again.
March 29 2009, 5:55 AM
I am located in England in the South-West, and about that daily stretching guide, how long should I be doing it for every day? Thanks.
Perhaps you might just elaborate on just what you mean by "a pretty tight foreskin" - there are fairly stand descriptors of this - can you see the head of your penis at all on pulling at the foreskin, can you pull it back completely over the head when flaccid (soft); can you do so when erect with difficulty?
Precisely what will be most effective by way of stretching depends on these. I think you really need to do some heavy reading here before you can figure it all, as it has all been explained in some detail already, and by reading each thread over say, half a dozen index pages (of ten threads each), you will usually encounter most of the descriptions - and find quite a lot of other most useful and dare I say it, fascinating and entertaining information into the bargain.
Also, you should tell us just why you are concerned about "the build-up of smegma"? Is this merely theoretical or practical - have you actually observed anything, or what? Unless you have been trying to wash under your foreskin with soap, I would be betting that you haven't even seen smegma, because by and large, the "production" of smegma is a response to chronic irritation, such as that caused by using soap on an area on which it should not be, despite various well-meaning but ill-informed "health authorities".
Yes Mike, stay away from the use of soap inside the foreskin. The tissue there is the same tissue which is inside your other body cavities, such as your mouth. Soap doesn't mix well with mucosa, leading to an imbalance of necessary bacteria which live in that area to keep infections from occurring. Insufficient bacteria allow yeast to take over, and yeast can be a formidable enemy to your foreskin. This is one of the biggest problems dealt with here.
Smegma serves two purposes. It's frequent production is a sign that the tissues are being regenerated, keeping the sensory mechanisms from being insulated as they would be in circumcised men who lack the protection of the foreskin. A regular shedding of the layers of tissue maintains an ideal level of covering.
Secondly, smegma is a natural lubricant for sexual activity. Intact men who produce it have an advantage of being ready to go when it is present. As thrusting occurs, it is removed. Ideally, if a young man took care of business frequently, the presence of smegma would probably never become something of great concern. No, that is not an endorsement of illicit sexual engagement.
Little more info
March 29 2009, 9:17 AM
Ok thanks everyone by the way, and bassicly i can only see about 1cm width and height of my glans if I was to pull it back, unless if i'm in the bath/shower which i can see a very slightly more.
My worries about smegma is that I was never told to retract or clean my foreskin through my growth (my dad was circumcised so he didn't know I presume) and so there is this white coat over the glans and i'm finding it quite hard to get off and clean it. I'm not 100% sure if it is smegma, but its what I presume.
So yeah i'm gonna try strecthing the foreskin as you have told me, and also whats the best way to get rid of this substance (maybe smegma?) which has been on my glans for a very long time? Thanks.
The white substance you note is actually called "skin". Alternatively, it's called "smegma" because in fact, smegma = skin and vice-versa. In fact, it hasn't really been on your glans for a very long time because as Jim remarks, you have no doubt been "taking care of business" on a regular basis.
Puzzled? Well, as I have said, I have explained this not infrequently. Like all other skin on your body, the surface of your glans and inner foreskin is continuously growing and continuously shedding. In most places, it "wears away" by rubbing against clothing, or bedclothes, or the adjoining parts of the body, which is why circumcised men almost never observe "smegma".
Only in enclosed areas such as you have under your foreskin, does it build up to any degree and even there, what you see this week when you look is not what you saw last week, thought it has the same appearance. The "white coat" is much the same as you see on your hands when you have been soaking in the bath for a long time; the skin appears white because the water softens the surface of the skin and it becomes a little translucent. Obviously, it is permanently a little moist under the foreskin, particularly so if you cannot retract.
If the white appearance does not come off with a little gentle rubbing, then it is not ready to come off at the moment, however persistent and regular gentle rubbing without retraction - called masturbation - loosens as much of it as is ready to separate, and what is loosened then gets washed out as you pee! As as I say, the white stuff you see this week when you look is not the same white stuff you saw last week. It has looked the same way for a long time, but the actual "stuff" has not been there very long at all. your foreskin does not require "cleaning" and soap only causes trouble.
Retracting is a good idea though - study the forum here in detail for methods to do this suitable to your present ability.
Oh right ok so i'll cut down on using soap to clean it, obviously isn't what I should be doing, but i'll try and clean it with warm water and if that doesn't suceed i'll try using olive oil on a rag and gently rub it. Thanks all, also i'm going to try out that daily exercise.
... if you were to get less interested in "cleaning" in the first place.
What you need to do, is to focus on stretching, as described so often in this resource here (and take note - Jim's illustration above is only the very "beginner's" step, not the full effective form of stretching). If you can retract easily, perhaps to the extent that your foreskin retracts itself when you have an erection (though that is not strictly necessary, or even desirable), then there is no reason you would need to "clean" it beyond a quick shake in the shower.
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