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How does phimosis affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Phimosis occurs when the foreskin is attached so tightly at the tip of the penis that it can't be pulled any lower. The tightness might affect the flow of urine, which in turn can lead to swelling of the foreskin or a urinary tract infection. Because of difficulty reaching beneath the foreskin to clean the area, infection might result that way as well. Phimosis can also have a negative affect on sexual activity.

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