The penile frenulum is an elastic tissue flap connecting the foreskin with the glans, located on the lower surface of the penis.
A short penile frenulum, or frenulum breve, is the condition where the frenulum is very short and restricts foreskin movement.
Normally, the frenulum should be long enough to allow full retraction of the foreskin.
- Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Slight curve of the penis when erect
- Bleeding resulting from frenulum rupture during intercourse
On many occasions, the short frenulum diagnosis is confused with that of phimosis.
The reason is that both cases share the symptom of difficult foreskin retraction.
Many patients suffering from phimosis have a short frenulum as well.
Requires surgical intervention.
Under local anesthesia, the short frenulum is dissected and absorbable sutures are placed.
Sexual intercourse is allowed after the absorption of the sutures, i.e. 10 to 15 days after the procedure.