One common complaint that urologists hear on a regular basis comes from men who have difficulty retracting their sheath. The sheath, or sheath, that covers the male organ head has numerous important functions. It helps to protect the delicate male tissue from diseases and injury, and it is believed to protect the natural sensitivity of the underlying tissue. For some men, the sheath retracts easily by the time adulthood is reached, but for many others, this process may be difficult or impossible. Men who encounter this issue may have a condition known as phimosis, which simply means that the sheath cannot be withdrawn, or that there is pain on retracting the tissue.
While phimosis can lead to certain health issues, such as impaired circulatory function, pain during intimacy, and even male cancer, it can be dealt with successfully with the right approach to treatment. Uncut men who want to ensure a healthy male organ can benefit from the information offered here.
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What is phimosis?
Phimosis simply refers to the inability of (adult) males to retract the sheath beyond the crown of the male organ; phimosis may also be diagnosed when it is painful to pull back this tissue over the head. This condition is not uncommon, and it can be resolved in most cases by either stretching the sheath or undergoing a full or partial ablation.
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What causes a tight sheath?
Infants and young male children are generally unable to withdraw the sheath completely; this typically cannot be achieved until males reach adolescence, and in some cases, adulthood. After this point, men who have torn the sheath due to aggressive self-pleasuring, or those who are affected by balanitis (an infection of the head), may find it difficult and/or painful to pull back the sheath over the head of the male organ. Balanitis often occurs as the result of poor hygiene, although other factors such as yeast infection or excessive manual stimulation may also come into play.
Is surgery the only solution?
Historically, men who have had phimosis-related issues have often had ablation urged on them as the best option for treatment. Although many doctors still advise their patients to opt for full ablation, recent medical studies have shown that the condition may be treated by less drastic measures. Surgery is certainly an answer, but some men have also benefited from mechanical stretching of the sheath. In other cases, men can take a do-it-yourself approach, using gentle manual stretching of the sheath, accompanied by use of appropriate moisturizing creams, to work through the issue themselves. This process should be carried out carefully, without forcing the tight skin back; it can be successful for men who are cautious and pay adequate attention to male organ care.