Very Much Under Construction AND definitely NOT intended as advice
Adults may be able to use the probe check, however this could be dangerous
if any infection was present:
EXPERIMENTAL START of THE PROBE CHECK
Intelligence and carefullness are necessary in order to diagnose with
a probe. No responsibility is taken for any damage you may do to yourself
as a result of reading this information. If you doubt your ability
to be careful and sensible, please go to a doctor. I would welcome
any advice from a urologist to complete this section.
Re read the summary of the conditions, be sure of what you are
looking for. Be wise, and check you understand everything before starting
THE PROBE CHECK
If retraction is impossible due to a phimosis, it would normally require
a certain expertise and practice to continue with the diagnosis. With
the help of a blunted, rounded, sterilised probe, an urologist is able
to ascertain the position and nature of any further constriction.
DO NOT use this probe to PROD around. Move the probe slowly and
carefully so as not to break any remains of infant adhesions.
The only usual household equipment which resembles a urlogical probe
in shape and size is a q-tip, but here the cotton wool is far too abrasive
and it doesn't slide as easily between the foreskin and glans as the
smooth plastic of an urological probe would. Even a bit of simple oil
or incidently saliva which sticks the cotton wool together ... ) only
diminishes the friction. (I cannot advise using q-tips, but they might
be the only thing you've got,...)... One should use a special urological
probe, and this is essential for examinations on children. Remember
that the glans is especially sensitive in cases where it has never
PLEASE PRACTICE: with the tip of your tongue held between your lips,
take the probe and move it round your tongue. If you drag it, (if you
are using a q-tip despite my warnings), it will rub. Now ROLL the probe
between your finger tips, then ROLL it round your tongue, it might
tickle a bit, but it's a far more pleasant experience.
In your mouth, rolling the probe around the tongue, will be easier
than rolling it around your lips, and here the analogy ceases to apply.
On the penis, you will need to roll the probe around the foreskin,
NOT around the glans. This rolling action will stop the probe catching
on any folds of skin.
Gently insert the probe on the side of the penis. The healthiest
and simplest possibility is that there will be no obstructions between
the foreskin and the glans.
One must be especially careful due to infant adhesions. These adhesions
can be bonded over a large or smaller area, they usually release last
in the area around the frenulum. Move the probe slowly carefully rolling
it around the foreskin. If the foreskin starts to pull off the glans
this will be painful, at the first implication of pain stop the examination.
Though a specialist may sometimes use force to break these adhesions,
they will then need after care. If you break the adhesions while the
area is covered with a phimosis, this will be particularly difficult
to care for.
Skin bridges may have formed at any place between the foreskin and
the glans. You will be able to move the probe on either side of this
strip or string of skin. To confirm the presence of a skin bridge,
a second curved probe may be necessary to examine behind the obstruction.
If you have phimosis it is very difficult to check the frenulum.
This is particularly true at present because (sorry but) I haven't
a clue how the urologists do it!
All I assume at present, is when there is no obstruction, there
is no frenulum breve, whereas a healthy frenulum forms a flap or ridge
which blocks the movement of the probe
How this sheet of skin moves or feels when it is too short, and
covered by a phimosis is a mystery to me.