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Foreskin Covers Top Of Penis During Erection

Published: April 23, 2002
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I am a 17 year old uncircumcised male. Should the foreskin of my penis stretch back when I get an erection? Because mine doesn't and still covers the top of my penis.

Signed: Foreskin Covers Top Of Penis During Erection

Dear Foreskin Covers Top Of Penis During Erection,

 

The foreskin is like a tube of skin that surrounds and originates at the base of the head of the penis. This tube of skin has special properties that allow it to slide easily on the penis shaft rather then being firmly connected like most skin is. The foreskins length and the fact that it is unattached allows it to slide up and down the shaft and roll in on itself over the head of the penis. When an erection occurs the foreskin can roll back to allow the penis to lengthen while permitting the skin on the shaft to stay loose. The foreskin is frequently long enough to cover the head of the penis while erect. So, there is no need to worry, everything is fine.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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