Tight Frenulum

  • The frenulum of the penis is a band of tissue that connects the foreskin to the head (glans). 
  • The frenulum is very sensitive, especially to a light touch. It’s believed to help pull back the foreskin over the glans of your penis. 
  • The frenulum is part of the sexual arousal process, but it can also cause pain with erection if it’s too short(Frenulum breve).
  • Frenulum breve is a penile disorder. Also known as short frenulum, it’s when the skin fold that connects the head of the penis (glans) to the underside of the foreskin is too short.m
  • The purpose of the frenulum is to allow the foreskin to draw back over the glans. If the frenulum is too short, it pulls on the foreskin and causes pain or discomfort.


 The most common signs and symptoms of frenulum breve are:-

  • Discomfort or pain in the penis, especially during an erection.
  • Premature ejaculation.
  • Tearing and bleeding underneath the head of the penis.
  • Trouble pulling back the foreskin.


  • Most people who have frenulum breve are born with it i.e.,congenital in origin.
  • Sometimes, frenulum breve can happen because of other penile disorders.
  • Other conditions which can cause uncomfortable tightening of the frenulum are:- 
  • Balanitis, a swelling of the head of the penis.
  • Balanoposthitis, inflammation of the foreskin and the head of the penis.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), as some STDs can cause balanitis, which can then cause frenulum breve.
  • Skin diseases, since a skin condition affecting the penis can cause inflammation and swelling, which can tighten the frenulum.


There are several treatment methods for short frenulum. The one that is right for you depends on how severe the condition is. Your doctor may recommend stretching exercises and steroid creams.

If frenulum breve home treatments don’t work, your provider may recommend an outpatient procedure, including:-

  • Frenuloplasty.
  • Penile frenulectomy.
  • “Pull and burn” method.
  • Circumcision.
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