My foreskin doesn’t go back fully and the head of my penis is painful to touch

Last updated on June 14, 2022



I’m 14 and have a couple of questions about my penis.

The first is that the head of the penis is extremely painful to touch to the point where it is impossible to touch or clean. I have been able to pull back my foreskin for three years and I have also been masturbating for three years, but when I have an erection, my foreskin doesn’t go fully back. I’m wondering if there’s anything I can do to make the pain go away and allow my foreskin to go back fully when I have erections.

My second question is that the foreskin isn’t fully detached from the corona or edge of my head. I’m wondering if there’s anything wrong with that and if there’s anything I can do to make it detach fully.

Sorry for all the questions, I’m too nervous to ask my parents or doctor and don’t know what to say to them.


I was a little bit confused by your description, but what I am gathering is that you have two problems:

  • A highly sensitive glans (the head of your penis), and
  • Your foreskin did not fully detach from the glans, being still partially attached to the corona. Yet, you seem to indicate that it does go fully back when you are not erect. I’m going to assume that it is still attached when you are flaccid.

We will work on the second problem first. There is a chance that the first problem will resolve itself when the first is solved.

The foreskin can be stuck either because the skin did not separate or because smegma built up under the foreskin and “glued” it to the corona and shaft of your penis. Fortunately, the solution remains the same. There is a simple stretching that you can do yourself that has a good chance of breaking the bond between your foreskin and corona.

Pull the foreskin forward, away from the body, as far as you can comfortably do so, and hold it in that position for one or two minutes. Do this as often as you can: when getting dressed, when in the restroom, when taking a shower, and when you are in bed. The foreskin stretches further than you would think. The stretch causes a shearing action that breaks the bonds. It may take a few months to get a complete detachment.

If this doesn’t work, then we will talk about visiting the doctor.


The foreskin can go back when I am erect, but it doesn’t go on its own. I will try the stretches. Thank you so much.


The foreskin doesn’t typically go back on its own. It rolls back as the skin on the shaft is pulled back.