Symptoms of Phimosis

  • Tightening of the foreskin
  • In phimosis the patient has a foreskin which is unable to retract to reveal the glans of the penis. There may be visible tightening of the foreskin. This tightening may be demonstrated by trying to retract the foreskin over the glans.


    Painful erection

  • Painful erections
  • Erections are painful because the penis is not able to expand without excessive stretching of skin. Phimosis also causes an increased rate in infections of the penis which may also lead to painful erections.

  • Haematuria
  • Blood may be seen in the urine of men who have a phimosis. This may be due to the need to strain to empty the bladder, or due to recurrent infections or trauma of the foreskin.

  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections may occur in patients who have a phimosis. This is partly because of obstructed urinary flow which increases the risk for infection and the increased growth of various organisms under the foreskin which also increases infection risk.

  • Weak urine stream
  • The patient’s urinary stream may be weak because the foreskin causes partial blockage of urine.

  • Painful foreskin
  • The foreskin may be painful and cause the patient much discomfort.

  • Swelling and redness of foreskin
  • The foreskin may be red and swollen. This may worsen if the patient tries to constantly pull back the foreskin manually.

  • Discharge
  • A yellow or white discharge may be present.