PHIMOSIS: NAVIGATING A COMMON MALE CONCERN IN SINGAPORE

Welcome to an open conversation about a condition that affects many men but often goes unaddressed—phimosis. This condition occurs when the foreskin is unusually tight, making it difficult or painful to retract during activities such as urination or sexual intercourse. It's a discomfort that can impact daily life and intimate relationships, but rest assured, there are effective solutions available.

phimosis treatment

Understanding Phimosis

Under normal circumstances, the foreskin gradually loosens as a male child grows older, typically fully separating from the penis head by around the age of six. However, in some cases, this process does not occur as expected, resulting in a tight foreskin that causes distress and discomfort. While mild cases of phimosis are relatively common, affecting approximately 1% of adults, more severe instances may require medical intervention.

Recognizing the Signs

Phimosis can manifest in various ways, with symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to significant pain and inflammation. Some common signs to watch for include:

Redness and discoloration of the foreskin, often due to irritation or infection
Swelling or inflammation, particularly during sexual activity or as a result of infection
Soreness or discomfort, especially when attempting to retract the foreskin
Pain or discomfort during urination or sexual intercourse
While phimosis itself may not pose significant problems during urination, it can lead to complications such as infections or inflammatory changes in the foreskin. However, the primary reason individuals seek medical attention is often pain or discomfort during sexual activity or inflammation following intercourse.

Exploring the Causes

The underlying causes of phimosis can vary, with some cases arising from anatomical differences or poor hygiene practices. However, certain factors may increase the risk of developing phimosis, including:

Poor hygiene leading to frequent local infections and tightening of the foreskin
Dermatological conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or lichen sclerosus affecting the genital area
Injuries or trauma to the foreskin
Infections, including sexually transmitted diseases, causing inflammation and scarring

phimosis treatment

Diagnosis and Management

Diagnosing phimosis typically involves a thorough physical examination and medical history review by a qualified doctor. While the condition may be evident based on symptoms alone, additional tests may be necessary to rule out infections or underlying health conditions.

Treatment for phimosis aims to alleviate pain, inflammation, and infection while addressing the underlying cause. This may involve topical treatments such as antiseptic creams, antibiotics, or steroid creams to reduce inflammation and promote healing. In many cases, regular foreskin stretching exercises can help gradually loosen the foreskin, improving symptoms over time.

However, if stretching exercises are ineffective or the condition is severe, surgical intervention may be necessary. This minor procedure involves either stretching the foreskin under local anesthesia or, in some cases, complete removal of the foreskin through circumcision. While surgery is generally safe and effective, it may carry minor risks such as infection or bleeding, although these complications are rare.

Seeking Support

If you suspect you may be living with phimosis, don’t hesitate to seek medical advice. Our doctors at Hisential clinics in Singapore are here to provide compassionate care and tailored treatment plans to address your concerns. Remember, phimosis is a common and treatable condition, and seeking timely intervention can help improve your quality of life and overall well-being.

Schedule an appointment with our doctors today and take the first step towards reclaiming your comfort and confidence. We’re here to support you every step of the way.