According to a report by CBS News, circumcision in male infants has been consistently trending down. As seen in information compiled by the Mayo Clinic, circumcision has dropped from 83 percent in 1977 to 77 percent in 2010. While the percentage of male babies is still quite significant, more parents are questioning circumcision, even with 50 percent of uncircumcised males experiencing some sort of medical condition in relation to their foreskin. As circumcision experiencing less “social norm” status for babies, some men choose as adults to get circumcised. Let’s discuss what those men can expect from a circumcision before and after.
Why Adult Men Get Circumcised
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, which is the skin covering the tip of the penis. Most often done in the first few days of life, men who have not been circumcised may choose to have the procedure later in life. Of course, bringing a scalpel, or anything sharp towards a man’s penis, is a big deal to most men so the reasons to willingly enter into the procedure would be considerable. Some men are changing religions, perhaps converting to Judaism, where clipping the foreskin is a symbol of entering into that covenant with God. Other men choose to switch to a circumcised penis for hygiene reasons, medical conditions like balanitis, or just because they prefer something a little more aesthetically normative to look at. Whatever the reason, men should manage their expectations before and after the process.
Adult Circumcision: Before
There are several pros to having a circumcision. Here is a list of the five most common benefits of circumcision.
1) Adult circumcision is performed under local or regional anesthesia. While it rarely requires an overnight stay, patients should bring a friend to drive them home and get them settled in.
2) Keep the penis in healthy shape prior to circumcision. ‘Nuff said.
3) Good grooming is appreciated. The pubic hair will not be shaved for surgery; however, coming in with a neatly trimmed region is a consideration that is not only polite but another way to inhibit bacteria.
4) Be ready for inspection. The doctor will inspect the penis to be sure there are no causes for concern or counterindications for the procedure.
Adult Circumcision: After
There’s some good and some inconvenience that happens after circumcision. However, with a little foresight, some of the discomforts can be lessened.
1) There will be some pain, discomfort, and swelling for up to three weeks. The older the man, the sorer and more uncomfortable a circumcision tends to be. Over-the-counter pain medication and cool compresses can help reduce pain and swelling.
2) Most men will want to take one to two weeks off work to heal. The bright side? No coffee conversations with Brenda from accounting and sweats are the new wardrobe.
3) Take a break from sex and masturbation. Erections can be painful for the newly unveiled penis, so take it slow and follow doctor’s orders.
4) Sensual sensations will also change as the penis no longer wears its sweater for sex. Men may find themselves becoming aroused faster and releasing faster as well. It takes a little time to get used to a new groove.
5) Washing the penis will surely be easier after a circumcision. However, that’s not a reason to get lax about it! Still, perform regular cleansing with the same care and thoroughness.
Now that the penis is unsheathed, consider adding a specially designed penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) to the mix. This type of crème will keep the penis soft, smooth, and invigorated with vitamins and minerals essential to penis health. Use a crème packed with vitamins A, C, D, and E, which are well-known for their skin-soothing, antibacterial, cell regeneration, and healing properties. Also, choose a crème that has a natural base like Shea butter which will lock in moisture while being gentle on the skin.