Helping you with phimosis, frenulum breve, tight foreskin, and other male health issues.

Using a steroid cream

A steroid ointment or cream speeds up the stretching process by thinning the skin so that it becomes more elastic. As the skin is thinned, it triggers a stronger tissue expansion reaction to stretching. In other words, it makes your stretching efforts more effective.

You can begin stretching without a steroid cream, but I highly recommend talking to your doctor to get a prescription for the cream. So go ahead and start stretching as soon as possible, but make an appointment with your doctor this week or next week. The more cards you stack in your favor, the sooner you can be done with all of this.

Further more, unlike the foreskin, the frenulum is generally harder to stretch. It’s made up of a more rigid, inelastic material. After a couple weeks of progress with my frenulum stretch, my frenulum seemed to stop improving. I encountered other men with this same issue and they unanimously encouraged me to try a steroid cream.

Getting my cream prescription was definitely the biggest turning point in my journey to stretch my frenulum and foreskin. Within one week of applying the cream every other day, my frenulum began making progress again. I simultaneously began to apply the cream to my foreskin’s phimotic ring as well.

If your skin seems to stop responding to your routines, try the cream.

Betamethasone 0.1% or 0.05%

Betamethasone is the steroid cream of choice for treating phimosis. After doing so much research on it and hearing so many positive experiences about it, I was excited to try it out. My urologist gladly wrote me a prescription for it.

It’s only available with a doctor’s prescription, so you will have to talk to a doctor to purchase it.

Study 1

We believe that topical steroid therapy with foreskin retraction and daily cleansing is a valid therapy modality that should be offered before any surgical intervention, regardless of the degree of phimosis.

Outcomes of Topical 0.1% Betamethasone Treatment of Phimosis. Urology 2012 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22749426

Study 2

The topical application of betamethasone is a highly efficacious, safe, and well-tolerated treatment of phimosis in this large series of boys.

The efficacy of topical betamethasone for treating phimosis: a comparison of two treatment regimens. Urology 2008 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18455770

How to apply steroid cream

First of all, apply the smallest dab of steroid cream that you can. A little bit goes a long way.

Focus on applying the cream only to the area that needs it. This will either be your phimotic ring (foreskin opening), your frenulum, or both depending on the information you gathered from the How to Diagnose Yourself section.

Apply the cream after you stretch. This way, you won’t accidentally smear the cream around to areas that don’t need it. Remember that steroid cream is potent stuff. You don’t want to apply more than you need to, and you don’t want to apply it to areas that don’t need it.

I would squeeze a small dab of it onto my pinky finger, retract my foreskin until the tight ring became visible, and then gently rub my pinky around the revealed phimotic ring. I would move my pinky in very small circles until the cream was completely absorbed into my skin before releasing my foreskin.