Hi, I'm 26 and, having read this forum I think I might need a bit of help...
As seems fairly common, my foreskin will retract fine when flaccid, but not at all when erect. By not at all I mean that no amount of effort will get the foreskin more than a few mm down the head and when attempted it hurts like hell. I have unwittingly been doing the advised exercises every day for at least the last ten years as I quite enjoy it and it hasn't made a bit of difference.
Over the last couple of years I have noticed a marked decrease in sensitivity during sex, so much so that it's difficult to maintain an erection.
I've recently separated from a long term girlfriend, where sex was at a premium, and have begun another relationship and this has become an issue.
I don't know if this is phimosis, tight foreskin or a frenulum issue.
Or it might just be all in my head and a psychological issue.
Also, and I don't know if this is related, my new girlfriend remarked at 'how much it grows'. My penis when erect is comfortably five times larger than when flaccid. I don't have an issue with my penis size, and had never thought about it, but she has been with enough men to comment on it. If you imagine the size difference between your middle finger and your forearm you'll get an idea of scale.
Circumcision seems almost frowned upon on here, thankfully, and I must have winced a dozen times just writing this so I'm a bit loathe to go to a doctor and have it prodded and poked if all I need is telling that that I've nothing to worry about.
Yes, I am a bit suspicious regarding what you describe as "doing the advised exercises", and suspect you mean simply pulling your foreskin back against an erection which is most certainly very enjoyable, but sadly, will not result in anywhere near the degree of pressure necessary to stretch the foreskin. It is not what we actually describe here as methods to effectively stretch; you may need to read further into the discussions.
I do not doubt the ratio by which your penis enlarges on erection so that what is perfectly possible flaccid is clearly impossible on erection. That is actually a slight advantage, as it prevents it becoming painful during intercourse which it might well be if (or indeed, when) it is close to retracting.
I can see little reason (at least at the age of 26) why you would be losing sensitivity and am inclined to suspect the problems you describe are connected with the failing relationship (and life in general - also, what does "at a premium" mean, I wonder?). One must give credit to your new girlfriend for psychology!
If you can retract your foreskin well behind the head when flaccid, and do not find doing so causes the glans to bend downward, then your frænulum is fine, but I would suspect that it will actually be a little short so that you may need to stretch it and suggest you include that as part of a more serious stretching plan. I say this to avoid further upsets "down the track".
Circumcision should be frowned upon. It has no benefits. How could it?
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