Long foreskin and phimosis are health problems that many male friends have encountered. As soon as they reach the age of love and marriage, they often run to the hospital to handle their "embarrassing affairs". However, many people do not distinguish between long foreskin and phimosis, and even believe that long foreskin is equivalent to phimosis, with no difference between the two. In fact, long foreskin and phimosis are not the same!
be careful! Long foreskin is not equal to phimosis
A foreskin is like a banana peel. It's delayed to open
The foreskin is located at the front end of the male genitalia and is a wrinkled, double layered skin that is thin and movable. "Before puberty, men often have a longer foreskin, which is often physiological, but as they develop, the foreskin contracts back.". Chinese scholars have investigated 1000 normal adult men, and the investigation of their external genital development shows that about 29.7% of them have redundant foreskin and 8.5% have phimosis. To understand the differences between redundant foreskin and phimosis, let's start with the concept of both.
In medicine, excessive prepuce refers to the fact that the prepuce covers the entire penis, but can be turned up and expose the urethral orifice and penis. Neonates and infants may have adhesions between the foreskin and the head of the penis. In the later part of the first year, the adhesions gradually absorb, and the penis and foreskin are gradually exposed separately. Therefore, it is not unusual for a child to have a long foreskin. "However, if the penis still cannot be exposed naturally after puberty, it is considered as having an excessively long foreskin.".
"Phimosis refers to a condition where the foreskin has a narrow opening or adheres to the head of the penis, causing the foreskin to not turn up, exposing only pinhole sized holes or only a small amount of glans penis.". At the same time, phimosis can be divided into congenital phimosis and acquired phimosis, the former refers to the congenital developmental abnormality of the penis; The latter is due to inflammation or trauma caused by foreskin stenosis, the penis can not be fully exposed.
The foreskin problem affects health, and it is crucial to find a correct treatment period
Relevant data show that 80% of children have varying degrees of foreskin problems, including excessive foreskin and phimosis. Generally speaking, if it is a physiological foreskin problem, it can basically improve naturally before the age of 10.
However, if the foreskin does not turn up after the age of 10, and if there are obvious signs of infection and poor urination, 10-16 years of age is the optimal surgical period. If there is no such phenomenon, circumcision can be performed between the age of 12 and the time before marriage.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says circumcision has health benefits. After circumcision, the probability of men being infected with AIDS by their sexual partners will be reduced by 50%~60%, the probability of genital herpes and papillomavirus infection will be reduced by 30%, and the risk of urinary tract infection in children and the probability of penis cancer in adults will be correspondingly reduced.
Although foreskin problems may seem trivial, they can have an impact on the health of male friends and future partners. Male friends, don't be shy when encountering foreskin problems. Hurry to the hospital and find the right treatment time and method.