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The successful use of a steroid cream to treat phimosis

Context: I am a 21 year old who has suffered from phimosis for my entire life. Due to me entering a relationship 3 months ago and for the first time experiencing full sexual intercourse, I made an appointment with a GP to attempt to sort out my condition. My phimosis has worried me for years and reading online forums about the condition only left me more confused and worried than I was previously. This has prompted me to write about my experience of sexual intercourse with and without phimosis and how I successfully used a steroid cream to treat the condition.Extent of my condition: I was unable to retract my foreskin when flaccid or erect. I had never retracted my foreskin on any occasion and touching the tip of the head of penis (which was there only area that I could expose) was very painful. I could retract the foreskin to expose an area on the head of roughly a five pence coin.Phimosis - can use have sex with a condom?: One of my major worries about the condition was, if I left myself untreated, would I be able to have sex under any circumstances which would alleviate the pain associated with forced retraction of the foreskin that occurs when the penis enters the vagina. The only method that occurred to me and one that is answered very inconclusively on the internet is the use of a condom. In my experience with a penis where the foreskin refused to retract beyond what was described above, a condom does alleviate some of the pain - especially the premium brand ones. Also, as one would expect, the use of lube also results in a less painful experience. Overall, I found sex to be uncomfortable but possible. I also will point out that I was trying this with a very patient girl who I am in a relationship with. This allowed me to have sex whilst being able to control the speed at which I went at and with little judgement if the pain started bothering me and I had to stop. For a one night stand, I do not think the experience would be pleasurable in any way. Do steroid creams work: Having been worried about how phimosis would affect my enjoyment of sex and indeed if I would be able to partake in the activity at all, I read an extensive amount of people’s opinions on the subject across many online forums. The overarching theme of what is written on these forums is centred around 3 points. The first of which is that the inability to retract your foreskin is a reasonably serious health risk. The second is that the inability to retract your foreskin will result in you being unable to have enjoyable sex. The third is that the only really solution to phimosis is through surgery, i.e., a circumcision. 1. I, having never been able to retract my foreskin until recently, have had no complications with my health related to my penis throughout my life. I, however, have never been able to clean under my penis and the ability to remove, what really is a disgusting, foul smelling substance called smegma, does ease your peace of mind when it comes to any kind of sexual activity. 2. This has essentially been discussed above. With the use of condoms and lube I did find sex was possible and somewhat pleasurable. However, sex with the ability to retract your foreskin is significantly more enjoyable and comfortable.3. This is the main point of why I have written this article. My ‘journey’ such as it is through the UK health care system was as follows. I had a GP appointment in which the doctor inspected my penis briefly and attempted to retract it. They then referred me a urologist who then essentially repeated the examination. The consultant (the urologist) then offered me two options; the use of steroid cream or surgery (a circumcision). Having read a huge amount online, I had in my head that the only true way to sort out this issue was through having a circumcision as the general consensus on forums is that steroid creams do not work. I, despite this, decided to try the steroid creams and applied betvonate cream (a steroid cream prescribed by the doctor) between 5-10 times over a period of ~6 weeks in conjunction with brief stretching exercises found in the internet. The result of this is a fully retractable foreskin in both flaccid and erect states. I have not used the cream in over 6 weeks now and the results have remained . Thus, in my experience I would 100% try a steroid cream before the idea of surgery is taken seriously, for reasons explained below.Downfalls of circumcision: A close friend of mine had a foreskin that was in a similar condition to mine. He was never recommended to try steroid creams when he went through the health care system and instead had a circumcision. He often complains about his lack of sensitivity and his inability to enjoy oral sex. This, in my eyes, should give enough reason to pursue the use of steroid creams if at all possible before surgery is considered. Pain of exposing the head of the penis:The pain of exposing the head of my penis after I gained the ability to retract my foreskin was significant. I have found over the last couple of months, by regularly retracting my penis when in the shower or when urinating the pain has gradually lessened. In addition to this sex with a condom and oral sex have both decreased the pain experienced by contact with the exposed head to the point now where, although still sensitive, contact with the head is very pleasurable. Sex with the ability to retract the foreskin is, overall, in a different league to sex with the restraints of a tight foreskin.
OK, the pain post-circumcision does go away, and you're probably right to persist to try the steroids (but they lower the immune system) steroids are only supposed to be a temporary magic cure?
Reply 2
Cortisol creme worked wonders for me. Put it on 2 or 3 times a week. Cured the problem completely for me.
Your story I can relate to. I’m 24, always had phimosis and when I was 17-18yrs old, I decided I ‘needed’ to retract it and ended up suffering for half an hour in a state of ‘paraphimosis’. After that scary episode, I went on through the rest of my teens and early twenties with no partners or sexual relationships but I did however try stretching. When I was 22, I saw my GP about my phimosis and he suggested stretching techniques... A year later at 23, I went back and he prescribed the precise steroid cream you were given. I used maybe once every day for first week then that turned into once or twice a month. Finally at 24yrs old, I felt the skin was soft enough to where it didn’t hurt pulling back quite far so I had an appointment earlier today with my GP. Traumatised by my bad experience all those years ago, I explained to my GP how I wanted to try fully retracting in a safe environment. I did and have done about 6 times each time having to use my two thumbs and index fingers to return the skin back which isn’t as easy as I thought. My GP did mention it did look still a little tight which might explain that. I’m pleased but I’ve been going out with a girl recently and if the relationship goes the way I think it will, sex (in all it’s forms) may be just around the corner. So I ask, as I can fully retract (only non erect) are there ways I can prepare if I assume sex is a few weeks away? I want to be able to retract fully when fully erect so that the foreskin doesn’t get irritated during sex and also is it just showers and regular retraction that got your sensitivity from painful down to bearable? All the best.
In terms of reaching retraction when erect I found I had to persist using the steroid cream. Keep putting it on and then doing the stretching exercises as thats what did eventually work for me. In terms of getting the sensitivity down I regularly retract it for washing etc but it remains very sensitive. I prefer to use condoms during sex because of the sensitivity so recommend that. Touching the head regularly when taking baths and showers has slightly helped too. Best of luck!
I too have phimosis but have only recently decided that I should get it treated first a bit of background: I am 19 and have never been able to retract my foreskin totally over the glans. Currently my urethra opens about as much as the diameter of a pencil at most. As a result of the phimosis I have avoided relationships with the fear of humiliation, from what I've read on these forums people have found the steroid creams to be effective but also I've not seen many people with as a severe case of phimosis. Just wondering how severe your phimosis was
It was not as severe as you’re describing, but was still pretty bad. I would say it was about 2.5 x the diameter you are describing.
Original post by SangerFredUp
Context: I am a 21 year old who has suffered from phimosis for my entire life. Due to me entering a relationship 3 months ago and for the first time experiencing full sexual intercourse, I made an appointment with a GP to attempt to sort out my condition. My phimosis has worried me for years and reading online forums about the condition only left me more confused and worried than I was previously. This has prompted me to write about my experience of sexual intercourse with and without phimosis and how I successfully used a steroid cream to treat the condition.Extent of my condition: I was unable to retract my foreskin when flaccid or erect. I had never retracted my foreskin on any occasion and touching the tip of the head of penis (which was there only area that I could expose) was very painful. I could retract the foreskin to expose an area on the head of roughly a five pence coin.Phimosis - can use have sex with a condom?: One of my major worries about the condition was, if I left myself untreated, would I be able to have sex under any circumstances which would alleviate the pain associated with forced retraction of the foreskin that occurs when the penis enters the vagina. The only method that occurred to me and one that is answered very inconclusively on the internet is the use of a condom. In my experience with a penis where the foreskin refused to retract beyond what was described above, a condom does alleviate some of the pain - especially the premium brand ones. Also, as one would expect, the use of lube also results in a less painful experience. Overall, I found sex to be uncomfortable but possible. I also will point out that I was trying this with a very patient girl who I am in a relationship with. This allowed me to have sex whilst being able to control the speed at which I went at and with little judgement if the pain started bothering me and I had to stop. For a one night stand, I do not think the experience would be pleasurable in any way. Do steroid creams work: Having been worried about how phimosis would affect my enjoyment of sex and indeed if I would be able to partake in the activity at all, I read an extensive amount of people’s opinions on the subject across many online forums. The overarching theme of what is written on these forums is centred around 3 points. The first of which is that the inability to retract your foreskin is a reasonably serious health risk. The second is that the inability to retract your foreskin will result in you being unable to have enjoyable sex. The third is that the only really solution to phimosis is through surgery, i.e., a circumcision. 1. I, having never been able to retract my foreskin until recently, have had no complications with my health related to my penis throughout my life. I, however, have never been able to clean under my penis and the ability to remove, what really is a disgusting, foul smelling substance called smegma, does ease your peace of mind when it comes to any kind of sexual activity. 2. This has essentially been discussed above. With the use of condoms and lube I did find sex was possible and somewhat pleasurable. However, sex with the ability to retract your foreskin is significantly more enjoyable and comfortable.3. This is the main point of why I have written this article. My ‘journey’ such as it is through the UK health care system was as follows. I had a GP appointment in which the doctor inspected my penis briefly and attempted to retract it. They then referred me a urologist who then essentially repeated the examination. The consultant (the urologist) then offered me two options; the use of steroid cream or surgery (a circumcision). Having read a huge amount online, I had in my head that the only true way to sort out this issue was through having a circumcision as the general consensus on forums is that steroid creams do not work. I, despite this, decided to try the steroid creams and applied betvonate cream (a steroid cream prescribed by the doctor) between 5-10 times over a period of ~6 weeks in conjunction with brief stretching exercises found in the internet. The result of this is a fully retractable foreskin in both flaccid and erect states. I have not used the cream in over 6 weeks now and the results have remained . Thus, in my experience I would 100% try a steroid cream before the idea of surgery is taken seriously, for reasons explained below.Downfalls of circumcision: A close friend of mine had a foreskin that was in a similar condition to mine. He was never recommended to try steroid creams when he went through the health care system and instead had a circumcision. He often complains about his lack of sensitivity and his inability to enjoy oral sex. This, in my eyes, should give enough reason to pursue the use of steroid creams if at all possible before surgery is considered. Pain of exposing the head of the penis:The pain of exposing the head of my penis after I gained the ability to retract my foreskin was significant. I have found over the last couple of months, by regularly retracting my penis when in the shower or when urinating the pain has gradually lessened. In addition to this sex with a condom and oral sex have both decreased the pain experienced by contact with the exposed head to the point now where, although still sensitive, contact with the head is very pleasurable. Sex with the ability to retract the foreskin is, overall, in a different league to sex with the restraints of a tight foreskin.


Hey, quick question, how did you decrease the pain you got from oral sex, being your head sensitive, over time, and get pleasure from it? My head is still very sensitive, and I’m scared of getting head because it still hurts when they go down there with the foreskin retracted
Reply 8
Original post by Manu1626373
Hey, quick question, how did you decrease the pain you got from oral sex, being your head sensitive, over time, and get pleasure from it? My head is still very sensitive, and I’m scared of getting head because it still hurts when they go down there with the foreskin retracted

I just remember it being very intense, but still pleasurable. It was not painful. This is referring to receiving head not long after I became able to retract the foreskin properly. Nowadays (4 years on) it is just pleasurable and isn’t too intense.
Reply 9
Just get it cut off and be done with it. It’s no big deal
Reply 10
Original post by Joey2007uk
Just get it cut off and be done with it. It’s no big deal

Couldn’t agree more. A tight circumcision will sort all the problems instantly and permanently.
Original post by SangerFredUp
Context: I am a 21 year old who has suffered from phimosis for my entire life. Due to me entering a relationship 3 months ago and for the first time experiencing full sexual intercourse, I made an appointment with a GP to attempt to sort out my condition. My phimosis has worried me for years and reading online forums about the condition only left me more confused and worried than I was previously. This has prompted me to write about my experience of sexual intercourse with and without phimosis and how I successfully used a steroid cream to treat the condition.Extent of my condition: I was unable to retract my foreskin when flaccid or erect. I had never retracted my foreskin on any occasion and touching the tip of the head of penis (which was there only area that I could expose) was very painful. I could retract the foreskin to expose an area on the head of roughly a five pence coin.Phimosis - can use have sex with a condom?: One of my major worries about the condition was, if I left myself untreated, would I be able to have sex under any circumstances which would alleviate the pain associated with forced retraction of the foreskin that occurs when the penis enters the vagina. The only method that occurred to me and one that is answered very inconclusively on the internet is the use of a condom. In my experience with a penis where the foreskin refused to retract beyond what was described above, a condom does alleviate some of the pain - especially the premium brand ones. Also, as one would expect, the use of lube also results in a less painful experience. Overall, I found sex to be uncomfortable but possible. I also will point out that I was trying this with a very patient girl who I am in a relationship with. This allowed me to have sex whilst being able to control the speed at which I went at and with little judgement if the pain started bothering me and I had to stop. For a one night stand, I do not think the experience would be pleasurable in any way. Do steroid creams work: Having been worried about how phimosis would affect my enjoyment of sex and indeed if I would be able to partake in the activity at all, I read an extensive amount of people’s opinions on the subject across many online forums. The overarching theme of what is written on these forums is centred around 3 points. The first of which is that the inability to retract your foreskin is a reasonably serious health risk. The second is that the inability to retract your foreskin will result in you being unable to have enjoyable sex. The third is that the only really solution to phimosis is through surgery, i.e., a circumcision. 1. I, having never been able to retract my foreskin until recently, have had no complications with my health related to my penis throughout my life. I, however, have never been able to clean under my penis and the ability to remove, what really is a disgusting, foul smelling substance called smegma, does ease your peace of mind when it comes to any kind of sexual activity. 2. This has essentially been discussed above. With the use of condoms and lube I did find sex was possible and somewhat pleasurable. However, sex with the ability to retract your foreskin is significantly more enjoyable and comfortable.3. This is the main point of why I have written this article. My ‘journey’ such as it is through the UK health care system was as follows. I had a GP appointment in which the doctor inspected my penis briefly and attempted to retract it. They then referred me a urologist who then essentially repeated the examination. The consultant (the urologist) then offered me two options; the use of steroid cream or surgery (a circumcision). Having read a huge amount online, I had in my head that the only true way to sort out this issue was through having a circumcision as the general consensus on forums is that steroid creams do not work. I, despite this, decided to try the steroid creams and applied betvonate cream (a steroid cream prescribed by the doctor) between 5-10 times over a period of ~6 weeks in conjunction with brief stretching exercises found in the internet. The result of this is a fully retractable foreskin in both flaccid and erect states. I have not used the cream in over 6 weeks now and the results have remained . Thus, in my experience I would 100% try a steroid cream before the idea of surgery is taken seriously, for reasons explained below.Downfalls of circumcision: A close friend of mine had a foreskin that was in a similar condition to mine. He was never recommended to try steroid creams when he went through the health care system and instead had a circumcision. He often complains about his lack of sensitivity and his inability to enjoy oral sex. This, in my eyes, should give enough reason to pursue the use of steroid creams if at all possible before surgery is considered. Pain of exposing the head of the penis:The pain of exposing the head of my penis after I gained the ability to retract my foreskin was significant. I have found over the last couple of months, by regularly retracting my penis when in the shower or when urinating the pain has gradually lessened. In addition to this sex with a condom and oral sex have both decreased the pain experienced by contact with the exposed head to the point now where, although still sensitive, contact with the head is very pleasurable. Sex with the ability to retract the foreskin is, overall, in a different league to sex with the restraints of a tight foreskin.


Best solution is simple.. Get a Low and tight circumcision and Frenulectomy!

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