What is a short frenulum?

The frenulum of the penis is the elastic fold of the skin that joins the underside of the glans (head of the penis) with the inner surface of the foreskin. Its function is to help the foreskin to contract over the glans.

A short frenulum (also known as frenulum breve) is when the frenulum of the penis is so short that it restricts the movement that the foreskin can make – the frenulum should be long enough to allow the foreskin to retract smoothly, but a short frenulum often makes this impossible. This causes discomfort during sexual intercourse.

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The main problem with short frenulum is:

  • It causes discomfort.
  • problems during sexual intercourse.
  • It can make maintaining hygiene difficult, as it can make it difficult to clean under the foreskin.
  • Increasing the risk of infections.

Symptoms of short frenulum

The main symptom is:

  • Difficulty pulling back the foreskin.
  • Pain and tension in the penis.
  • Pain increases during sexual intercourse.
  • Can tear and cause bleeding because of the concentration of blood in the area.