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Hello. i am uncircumsized, and everything was fine up untill about last week. i was able to completely retract my foreskin over the glans with no problem. As of june, i began to have accumulation of smegma. i ususally don't have any becasue i always rinse it in the shower. but i needed something more than just water. i used soap to clean the glans in the shower. A week after starting this practice the glans was completely clean again, but a new problem arose. i can't retract my foreskin well. i can expose about half the glans. It hurts when i try to do more, and sometimes it just hurts to do that much. My assumption is that the absence of smegma during the months of high temperature, left the glans unlubricated and the foreskin got stuck. i was a little worried becasue there was a little bit of redness on my foreskin when retracted the amount that i could, but i think it's gone. i have asked my parents about this becasue they are doctors, they said nothing to worry about, but it's just wierd. i really hope i don't have to see any doctors or get circumsized, i really don't want to get surgery down there. is this anything to worry about or am i being paranoid? i hope it's temporary? i have had this problem for about a week. However i was able to pull a litlle further today, so maybe it's returning to normal.
thank you


You are blessed with a protective, highly-innervated, erogenous full-length foreskin. Many unforeskinned guys would envy your foreskin. You display great wisdom in wanting to avoid circumcision.


You should thank your parents for protecting your physical integrity. Because of your physical integrity you will be able to have sex the way nature intended it.

Smegma is nothing to worry about. It is a natural secretion of the human body. It inhibits the growth of invasive bacteria so it is actually beneficial to have some smegma present. Young guys who cant yet retract the foreskin so easily risk giving themselves an infection by manipulating it too much, so don't be too eager to get rid of it all.

Smegma is nothing more than a mixture of cast-off skin cells and skin oils. It is harmless. The culture of the United States improperly and ignorantly classifies smegma as some kind of filth. It is not filth. It is protective and provides body oils to the head of the penis. The  body oils provide lubrication.

Smegma accumulates harmlessly and protectively under the foreskin from birth to the first time a young male retracts his foreskin. It is normal to see an accumulation of smegma deposited over the years upon first retraction. This is nothing to worry about. It simply may be washed away. If it is hardened, one may soak it with olive oil to soften it.

The head (glans penis) and inside of the foreskin is covered with mucosa, not skin. It needs oils for good health. This is provided by smegma.

Smegma should be washed away once in a while so it does not get smelly. Excessive washing and the use of soap inside the foreskin should be avoided because it dries out the sensitive tissues and can cause dermatitis.

Smegma is a natural, normal, harmless, and healthy substance. It is a mixture of exfoliated skin and skin oils. Smegma does NOT cause cancer.Smegma collects under the foreskin. It is normally white in color. Some people believe that smegma resembles cream cheese.It can get irritating if it stays for a long time without being washed away, so it is good practice to wash under the foreskin periodically.Accumulated smegma may get hardened and difficult to remove if it stays a long time such as under a foreskin that is not retracted. Olive oil has been recommended for softening and removing hardened smegma.Since smegma is composed of exfoliated skin and skin exfoliation occurs continuously, smegma is continuously forming. You may expect to see more every day.

If you wash too much with soap, you may get dermatitis. That may be why your foreskin is red.


You may use an ear syringe filled with warm water to flush out your non-retractablle foreskin if you wish.