FAQs About Adult Male Circumcision

October 21, 2021

As urologists, we deal with many different areas that involve the man’s reproductive system, ranging from prostate cancer to erectile dysfunction.  One of the areas that many people are curious (and concerned) about is adult circumcision.  Traditionally, circumcision occurs at a young age, so people tend to get more nervous about it if they get it done later in life.  That’s why we’re going to answer some of the FAQs about adult circumcision.

Does it hurt?

This may be the most common question that we are asked.  That being said, a local anesthesia is used to ensure that you are numb throughout the procedure.  There will be some discomfort during recovery, but nothing too serious.  For the first two weeks after the procedure, you may have some discomfort due to nocturnal erections, but it is mild and will go away with over-the-counter pain medications.

Do I need to get circumcision?

Many times, circumcision isn’t needed, but it’s more of a preference.  It is only really necessary if the man is experiencing health problems, such as inflammation of the head of the penis and overlying foreskin or difficulty retracting the foreskin.  

What kind of activities can I do or not do after the procedure?

If you have an office job, you can return 2 to 3 days after the procedure.  If you have a physically straining job, we recommend waiting 5 to 7 days until you return.  The first week after the procedure, you should take it easy; if you have no discomfort after the first week, you can go back to normal activities, such as the gym.  However, you should avoid doing any activities that put pressure on the penis, such as biking, for the first 3 weeks.

When can I start having sex?

You should wait 6 weeks after the procedure to start having sex.  Although your discomfort may have ended sooner, circumcision is still a surgery that requires cuts and stitches.  To ensure these are completely healed, and to prevent an infection, it’s recommended to wait the full 6 weeks.

Although many people are nervous about it, adult circumcision is a very quick and easy procedure.  If you have any questions or concerns about it, ask your urologist in New York .  They will answer any of your questions and let you know if they think the procedure is right for you.