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20. At the age of 17 and in my final year of school I still could not retract my foreskin. Talking to a circumcised friend about it, he said that something should be done and he persuaded me to try and pull the skin back. Of course, as I did so, with him watching, I got a hard-on, which made it even more difficult, but eventually, and in great pain, it came back as I shot a load of cum all over the place!

Strangely enough, at boarding school we had no medical examinations, but I'm sure if we had, I'd have been circumcised without delay. I've always had a fascination with circumcision, as most of my school friends were cut and it always seemed that the successful boys were all circumcised. I know of 2 boys who returned after the holidays without their foreskins, but as they were in different years, never discussed it with them.

Even when I married at age 27 my helmet was still quite tender, but by now the foreskin was loose and easy to manipulate.

I had my first bout of posthitis/balanitis when I was 33, but this cleared up soon with creams. Circumcision was not mentioned. Then there was another longer bout when I was 39 and I was referred to a dermatologist, who prescribed more creams but the conditions did not improve. Then my GP suggested circumcision and suddenly it cleared up! Since then, I had another period of balanitis when I was in my late forties and at my suggestion of circumcision, the GP said that this was last resort and again creams did the trick.

The current episode of posthitis (it only affects my inner foreskin- the helmet is OK, so it's not balanitis) started in mid 2001 and has continued on and off since then. Creams help for a period, but the signs recur. The problem is the variation - sometimes it feels fine, then itches, then cracks and bleeds - there is no consistency, so I don't know whether it could be stress or allergy related. Even when I wash the inner foreskin twice a day, there is build-up of flaky skin - it's not smegma and does not smell.

I was referred to a urologist last September and he took one look at my foreskin and said I needed circumcision - no question . Since then I have got lots of advice from the internet and NORM, among others and will now see a dermatologist for a final verdict.

[second message] I saw the dermatologist yesterday and he thinks he can save my foreskin from circumcision! He has diagnosed excema in my foreskin and has prescribed Dermovte cream, to be used daily for a month and thereafter for a further 5 or 6 weeks on a reducing basis. He was also surprised that my GP had sent me to urologist first and not to him!

I'll keep you posted of progress- I have another appointment with dermatologist in six weeks' time.

As I said before, I am prepared to be circumcised if there is a long term problem and in some ways I'm curious as to what my cock would look like and how sex would feel, but on the other hand I enjoy the flexibility of foreskin, the hassle nd embarrassment of a circumcision concerns me, as does the final result if I don't like it!

20. Thanks for giving us a detailed "history of your foreskin." And thanks for sending your photos. The associate webmaster is going to post them in the soft-hard gallery so people who read your story can also go to that gallery and see your pictures. (The pictures are not there yet.)

I'm glad you shared your story and experience. It speaks for itself and I don't have any insights to add. I like to receive and post narratives of this kind because there are many others out there who may have the same issues or concerns - and they will benefit from knowing another person's experience.

Your school experience makes me think maybe I should begin to collect growing up experiences that men recall from their teen years. That's when we all need lots of information - but usually it's really hard for teens to get.

21. This is a personal account. I remembered the first time i retracted my foreskin when i was eight (i am uncut). it didn't retract fully, only able to expose two thirds of my head. My inner foreskin was still attached to the skin of the head (at eleven o'clock and 1 o'clock). It wasn't anymore, gradually, when i was around 13. It's fully retractable to the end since then.

Has anyone a similar experience of their foreskin stuck to the penis head during childhood? Is the inner foreskin naturally attached to the skin of the penis head until a boy grows to a certain age?

21. I'm posting your question to see if anyone else responds with their own early experiences. I do know one man whom I photographed was still unable to retract his foreskin as an adult.I think mothers are advised to retract the foreskin and clean the glans of their male children - but not immediately after birth. I really don't know much about this topic, maybe someone will send in the URL of a pediatric web site that has authoritative answers.
22. I am writing in response to a comment made by one of your contributors about the fact that his testicles spend half their time in a retracted position. I have recently posted pictures of myself on your site and I too share this condition, except that mine are retracted almost permanantly. I have a below average endowment and relatively small testicles and also wonder whether or not this is a factor. I would like to hear from anyone else in a similar position who could give me a reason for this condition.

22. As with the question above, I'm posting your statement in the hope that someone will send in some useful information.

This response was sent in by a visitor to the site. I do not know if he has medical qualifications for making these statements, but here they are:

Testicular retraction in adult males is very common. Retraction occurs when the body determines that the testicles are colder than required (several degrees above median body temperature). Smaller testicles, having more surface area to mass ratio, retract more often and faster than larger testicles. Testicles which have never decended should be evaluated immediately by a Urologist, as this can lead to cancer. Testicles which move in and out of the scrotum freely are in all likelyhood "normal", but, if pain or painful discomfort occurs (yes it is normal for some discomfort to occur when they are retracted), this should also be evaluated. Hindering the movement of the testicles can cause more damage than esthetic appearance. Since testicular cancer and other related illnesses kill more men than women with breast cancer, it is very important to stress that men pay more attention to personal health.

   
   

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