what causes tight frenulum

A frenulum is the fold of elastic tissues that connects the glans (head of the penis) to the rest of the penis. This band of tissues is present at the bottom side of the glans penis. The frenulum is sensitive to touch and hence imparts to the sexual pleasure of the male.

Sometimes, this band of tissues is tight or short which is a troublesome condition. In other words, such a frenulum is called frenulum breve. The severity of the tightness of frenulum can differ in every case. Tight frenulum restricts the back and forth movement of the foreskin. Therefore, this condition needs medical attention otherwise it can cause complications.

How to know that you have a tight frenulum?

  • Difficulty in retracting the foreskin over the glans penis is the major symptom of the tight frenulum. It even causes pain and discomfort if you try hard to pull back the foreskin.
  • Another major trouble with the tight frenulum is the painful sex. There are high risks of getting a tear and bleeding from the penis during or after sex. You can obviously imagine the pain it will cause. 

These are the symptoms that a person with a tight frenulum has to face. Well, you won’t have to endure this pain forever. A tight frenulum is totally treatable. 

Let’s now take a look at the causes of the tight frenulum.

As frenulum is the part of foreskin only, so its causes are similar to those of phimosis. Phimosis is the condition where the foreskin of the penis is too tight to be pulled back from the glans penis. 

The causes of tight frenulum are as follows:


It is the condition of the irritation and inflammation of the head of the penis. Uncircumcised males are more prone to balanitis. In balanitis, the glans penis turns reddish. Balanitis also causes itching, swelling, and soreness of the penis.


Also Read: Circumcised or Uncircumcised? How does it feel to a woman?


Sexually Transmitted Infections

Some STIs can lead to balanitis, which may further cause tight foreskin (tight frenulum). Gonorrhea, genital herpes, syphilis are some of the STIs that increase the chances of developing tight frenulum.

causes of tight frenulum

Skin problems

There are certain skin conditions that can either cause or worsen the condition of the tight frenulum. Eczema, lichen sclerosus, lichen planus, psoriasis are the skin conditions that can contribute to the tight foreskin.



In balanoposthitis, inflammation of both the glans penis and the foreskin occurs. A fungal infection called candida is the major cause of balanoposthitis. Balanoposthitis is yet another major risk factor for tight frenulum.

How to get rid of tight frenulum?

There are treatments available to cure the problem of the tight frenulum. There are numerous ointments and steroid creams that help in relieving the tightness of the frenulum. Even, gentle stretching of the foreskin or massage can help in retracting the foreskin. But, none of these offer a permanent solution for tight frenulum. 

Frenuloplasty- the best treatment for tight frenulum

Frenuloplasty is the most effective treatment for frenulum breve. It is a specialized technique that treats solely the condition while preserving the foreskin. Circumcision can also help in treating the tight frenulum. But, not only the frenulum, it removes the entire foreskin of the penis.  

Therefore, frenuloplasty is the best treatment option for tight frenulum. It does not affect the rest of the foreskin and leaves it intact. There is nothing to worry about the procedure of frenuloplasty. The modern laser-based procedure of frenuloplasty is simple and has a high success rate. The entire procedure takes only 10-15 minutes. Frenuloplasty is a daycare procedure and the patient can go home on the same day. Also, the recovery period is very short for frenuloplasty. The patient fully recovers within 3-5 days and can easily resume work after that. There are only a few simple instructions that the doctor asks the patient to observe for a few days. 

Other benefits of choosing frenuloplasty for tight frenulum include:

  • Painless and bloodless procedure
  • No wounds, stitches, and scars
  • High precision
  • Does not require daily dressing of the penis
  • No side-effects
  • Does not affect the fertility
  • Nil complications

Thankfully, Pristyn Care offers this laser-assisted frenuloplasty to get rid of the tight frenulum. All the surgeons of Pristyn Care that perform frenuloplasty are highly skilled and experienced.

causes of tight frenulum

Benefits of choosing Pristyn Care for frenuloplasty   

  • Free pick up and drop service on the day of the treatment
  • One time consultation fee 
  • USFDA approved laser technology
  • Free follow-ups after the procedure
  • Laser specialist surgeons with 10+ years of experience
  • End to end assistance from the first call to the discharge after the procedure

Pristyn Care is the best option if you are looking for the treatment of tight frenulum. If you have any queries, you can contact us and our medical coordinator will attend you.

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