AskTRISH: Intact Man Asks If His Foreskin Is Normal

Hey, Trish!

I was just wondering if you can tell me if my foreskin is normal. I can’t pull it all the way back when I’m hard.

Thanks in advance!


Hello, Anonymous!

An inability to retract the foreskin all the way back is NOT a sign of a problem, such as phimosis or even a tight foreskin. Your foreskin is unique to you, so the amount it moves is unique to you.

Some men are fully retracted when fully erect, while others are still fully covered when fully erect. And there is a wide range of in-between states of glans coverage during an erection. The underlying anatomy of your penis will also determine the size of your erection, thus influencing the amount of foreskin retraction as well.

The foreskin is attached to the glans on the underneath side via the frenulum, so technically, you’ll never truly retract the foreskin to the point of it not being near the glans – unless you damage the frenulum.

The foreskin is NOT just a “little bit of skin”. There is an internal foreskin, which is the mucosal side with the intensely innervated ridged band and the yummy smegma; and then there’s the external foreskin, which is regular penile skin like the rest of the shaft. However “stretchy” your external foreskin is will also contribute to how much your foreskin “moves” (as well as how big your erection is).

How do you know if your foreskin is “normal”?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Can you urinate without pain or interference from the foreskin?
  • Can you ejaculate without pain?
  • Can you retract and replace the foreskin over the glans without pain?
  • Can you retract the foreskin without it getting “stuck” behind the glans?

If you answered YES to all four questions, your foreskin is likely just fine. So forget what you see in porn or online.

If you answered NO to one or more questions, then you may want to visit a trusted, foreskin-friendly medical professional to see if you have a serious issue that warrants treatment.

I also do consults if you’d like to book a Skype session. Contact me to discuss fees and scheduling.

Regardless if your foreskin is long or short, your foreskin is specific to only you. Your foreskin is as unique as a fingerprint, and there is no other foreskin exactly like yours! So, yes, you are normal. Huzzah!

Hope that helps!


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