3 myths about circumcision

Circumcision is a surgical procedure which is carried out to remove the foreskin (the retractable roll of skin which covers the head of the penis).

Although there are a range of reasons why it’s performed, most commonly it’s carried out because the foreskin is tight and won’t pull back (known as phimosis). This can cause pain, and can also mean that passing urine is difficult.

Other reasons for being circumcised include balanitis, a condition where the head of the penis and the foreskin become infected and inflamed, paraphimosis, where the foreskin can’t be returned to its original position after being pulled back, and cancer of the penis.

There are many myths surrounding circumcision. If you feel that circumcision may help you, but are unsure about how to separate the fact from the fiction, then read on. We’ve taken a look at 3 common misconceptions about this minor surgical procedure.

Myth 1: Circumcision requires a general anaesthetic.
Fact 1: Local anaesthesia is normally used.

This procedure is normally carried out on a day patient basis, which means that you won’t have to stay overnight. Local anaesthetic will make your penis numb so that the circumcision surgery can be carried out without you feeling any pain.

Myth 2: Circumcision can negatively affect your sex life.
Fact 2: Circumcision does not impact sexual pleasure or function.

Circumcision won’t affect your ability to have an erection, and it won’t change your ability to experience pleasure – the sensations you have and the function of your penis are the same whether you are circumcised or not.

Many studies have been carried out on this subject, and they have found that circumcision does not have a negative effect on an adult male’s sexual pleasure, penile sensitivity, or sexual function. In fact, some indicated that men who were circumcised may experience greater sexual pleasure and satisfaction.

Myth 3: Recovery takes a long time after circumcision.
Fact 3: Healing takes place over 4 weeks after your surgery.

You may need to take a few days off work at the start of your recovery period – at this point your penis may be swollen at the head, and you may experience some discomfort.

You may be surprised to know that the normal time that the penis takes to heal after circumcision is just 10 days. However, you should not resume having sex at this point – it’s recommended that you wait until the 4-week stage, as complete healing takes place over a period of about a month.

It’s only natural that you’ll have questions about circumcision if you’re considering having this procedure. Call us now to find out how we can help.