I'm 23 and realized I have phimosis about 3 years ago. Then I could'nt even pull the foreskin behind the glans when flaccid.
I started to do the stretching exercise where you pull two fingers inside the foreskin. I did this for about 5min a day for about 2 months or so. I also used a hydrocortisone cream.
After some time I had no problem pulling back the foreskin when flaccid, but the progression stopped.
Now I'm really tired of this problem, and have started to stretch again. I can barely pull back the foreskin when erect, but I need to get it forward again really quick so it doesn't get trapped. I'm scared to get serious paraphimosis when having sex!
I'm thinking about visiting my GP for this, but i find it really embarassing, espescially since I'm this "old" for having such a problem.
Do you think my condition seems severe? I find it tiring, and just want it out of the way, but I'm worried that stretching isn't enough.
Oh, to be 23 again! Old? Hardly.
The hydrocortisone is worthless for your condition. The cortisone used in this case requires a prescription, so you'd need to throw modesty out the window to obtain it.
Simple manipulation will do the trick as you've already proven. You quit before the job was finsished. Plateaus in which nothing is seemingly happening are part of the progress. Cells need time to grow, and this is when they are growing. If tension is not applied during this crucial, the skin will stop production of new cells and revert to its former size and shape. You must work through this.
The exercise you have done is the right one as evidenced by your progress, so continue doing that, but don't miss sessions or give up this time.
No, your condition is actually not severe at all. Many guys who visit here can't retract at all, even when flaccid. You have a good head start.