Is phimosis dangerous?

Phimosis is a common condition in which the foreskin cannot be retracted behind the glans of the penis. It is only dangerous when any of the following are met:

  • Pain, discomfort or bleeding occur during masturbation or intercourse
  • Urination is painful, difficult or abnormal
  • The foreskin gets stuck behind the glans and cannot be retracted (paraphimosis)

If any of the above occurs, then medical intervention is required, as it may cause problems later on in life. There are many options for treating phimosis nowadays, and rarely involve circumcision. There are steroid creams that can be used, such as Betamethasone, but will require a doctor's prescription.