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Your Problems: Dear Miriam.

Byline: Miriam Stoppard

I'M 34 and I have a very tight foreskin. I'm a virgin and the thought of having sex terrifies me because trying to draw my foreskin back really hurts.

I couldn't bear being circumcised knowing the head was bare and would come into contact with underwear.

I REALISE you're reluctant to consider circumcision and I'll describe more conservative forms of treatment.

The first step is to confide in your doctor, who may feel it's appropriate to refer you to a specialist.

The alternative is to live with a condition that condemns you to a lonely, sexless future. This problem won't go away if you ignore it, so I hope you'll make that appointment now. I want to tell you about NORM-UK which campaigns against routine circumcision. They suggest topical steroid creams can succeed in treating cases where the foreskin is too tight to be retracted.

You can contact NORM-UK at PO Box 71, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 0SF or telephone 01785-814 044 or visit their website: www.norm-uk.org.

This doesn't mean you can avoid consulting a doctor - even a cream would need to be prescribed.

Doctors are used to being consulted about sensitive matters and it's worth experiencing a few moments' embarrassment to get the help you deserve.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2002
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