Risks of Male Circumcision


Male circumcision refers to a surgical procedure to remove the penis foreskin. This procedure is not recommended for men who are pregnant or have a history of genital stenosis. After circumcision, a small part of the penis can remain. This can either be reattached to it or require minor surgery. The procedure can reduce penis feeling during intercourse. Psychologists worry that this may affect an individual’s sex life.

Procedure to remove the penis skin.

The foreskin is a round top that covers the penis. It is attached at birth to the penis, but eventually separates. Sometimes the foreskin remains attached and needs further intervention, such as circumcision. Below are some common complications that can arise from the removal of the foreskin. A proper procedure will reduce these risks and maximize your chances of a successful outcome.

Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the foreskin from the penis. Circumcision is performed most often on infants, but it can also be performed on older men and adults for religious or cultural reasons. Many health authorities endorse circumcision as an effective way to reduce HIV risk. But, there is still much debate about the benefits of circumcision. The procedure is less invasive for adult men than in infants. However, it usually requires more pain and recovery.

Sometimes, the foreskin is unable to retract properly. This can cause discomfort. In this instance, the foreskin will be removed to the level that the glans. If the foreskin has been removed too much, it can cause an unattractive appearance and may require surgery. This condition is called phimosis and should not be ignored. It is an extremely painful and embarrassing condition.

Pain and discomfort of circumcision

Normal post-circumcision pain is common, but infants may feel more severe discomfort than adults. The most common pain relief methods are the subcutaneous ring block and the dorsal penile nervous block. These two methods involve injecting lidocaine in the nerves. Topical anesthetic creams may provide temporary pain relief, but are less effective. While parents may be concerned about the pain of circumcision, the procedure is relatively painless and can reduce anxiety.

A doctor will provide pain medication as well as anesthetic. The penis may remain bruised for several days after the procedure. Sometimes, spontaneous erections can cause pain. Pain medication should be taken as directed by your doctor. Petroleum jelly can be applied to the area to reduce pain during urination. You should lie on your back. For your safety, try to avoid sleeping on your back.

STIs: The Risks

A systematic review looked at the risks of sexually transmissible infections (STIs), following circumcision for both intact and circumcised men. It found no protective effect of circumcision against the acquisition of any STI. The study found mixed results regarding the incidence of genital warfare. While prevalence studies showed that intact men were more at risk, studies on incidence suggest the opposite. However, circumcision may reduce the risk for genital warts up to 48 percent according to the study.

Researchers analyzed the risk of STIs in circumcisions among 810 719 non-Muslim males over a period of 73 032 person-years. They also assessed the prevalence of STIs after circumcision in 3375 males underwent non-therapeutic circumcision at a doctor’s or hospital clinic. In addition, they included other risk factors, such as HPV infection, in the multivariable model.

Healing time after circumcision

Your child will need to heal after circumcision. You should avoid penetrative sex for the first few days, and the stitches will fall out as the circumcision heals. You should not wash the area with soap or any other liquids while you are still recovering. It may cause drainage. It will eventually disappear. For the first few day, it is important that the area be kept clean and dry. You should not allow your child lie on their back as this could cause irritation to the stitches. For the first week, you may want to take a week off from work. A week may be enough, though, if you need to move around freely.

The incision will initially be tender and reddish. However, it should begin to fade by the third day. Within seven to ten working days, a scab should form around the incision. Plastibell will fall off in about seven to ten days. Do not pull the dressing off, as you might cause bleeding. Wound Infection is the most common problem with circumcision, but it is rare. It occurs in less than 1 in 200 circumcisions.