In uncircumcised males, the foreskin normally covers the head of the penis, but is retracted for urination or sexual activity. If the foreskin cannot be retracted, or is difficult or painful to retract, the condition is known as phimosis. If the foreskin is retracted but cannot be placed back over the head of the penis, the condition is known as paraphimosis, which is a medical emergency.
You may experience the following symptoms:
Most of the time there is no identifiable cause and can occur with increasing age, but can be life-long, associated with recurrent infections of the penis, scarring from surgery or a penile lesion.
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