Hi! I have an uncircumcised penis and when I pull my foreskin back it goes back enough that I can see the head of my penis but on the bottom sides (ring) of my head my foreskin is still connected. What do you think the problem is? Would I grow out of it? Is it an major problem?
Dominic (age 14)
It is not a major problem now, but it can be a problem after you get married and try to have sex. Normally the foreskin detaches from the glans (the head of your penis) completely by the time a boy is a few years old. For some boys, it doesn't happen until they reach puberty and erections cause the foreskin to detach. A few, like yourself, have problems with detachment being complete. What ends up happening is that when you have a full erection, the discomfort caused by the foreskin pulling on your glans causes you to learn not to get completely erect. This can cause problems later when you get married and want to get fully erect to have sex. Then the actions of sex can cause the foreskin to be pulled and possibly tear. You don't want your memories of your first intimate moment with your wife to be filled will pain.
So, I'm going to give you a simple task to do as often as you can every day. Pull your foreskin forward, away from your body as far as you can comfortably stretch it. Do it when you get up in the morning, when you are getting dressed, after you use the toilet, when you are bathing, or any other time you get a few private moments. The pulling action will gently shear the connection to your glans. When you bathe, pull your foreskin back as far as is comfortable and gently wash your penis. Within a few weeks or a month, you will notice that your foreskin will start to release from your glans. Continue until it is completely detached.