Critical Facts About Adult Circumcision

21 January 2022
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Typically, circumcision is often conducted on newborns before leaving a hospital. However, it does not mean the procedure is mandatory for newborns since parents can decide to wait. However, if you want to get circumcised as an adult, you need to learn as much as possible about the procedure to know what to expect. This article highlights vital facts about adult circumcision.

Erections Are Harmless

A doctor will advise you to abstain from intercourse until your wound heals completely. However, most adult males wonder what would happen if they got an erection. Of course, erections are normal in adults, but they are harmless immediately after circumcision. Notably, most adult males believe that an erection would pull and tear away the sutures and create a fresh wound, but this is not accurate because surgeons consider the issue when stitching a patient. For instance, the sutures used are relatively elastic; therefore, you do not have to worry about injuring your penis when you get an erection.

Recovery Time Varies

Recovery after circumcision is fast in children because their bodies are still developing. Notably, significant resources are spent building new skin tissue, which aids in faster recovery post circumcision. However, it is different with adults because the healing process takes longer. The reason is that an adult's body relies on the efficiency of various body systems to heal. For instance, most children are in better physical shape than adults, meaning their cardiovascular system delivers sufficient blood to wounds, promoting faster healing. Unless you are in good physical condition, a circumcision wound might take a while to heal since you need adequate blood circulation. Therefore, while your wound might heal adequately, it could take a couple of weeks before you fully recover.

Circumcision Does Not Affect Fluid Intake

You might wonder how you will urinate during the first few days post-surgery. However, you will be glad to know that you can urinate as you normally would even after circumcision. Most importantly, a doctor leaves an opening at the tip of the penis to allow a patient to urinate easily. Unfortunately, some adult males cut the number of fluids they take to limit their trips to the bathroom. Doing so is unhealthy because it leads to dehydration, prolonging the healing process. In this regard, it is best to maintain or increase your fluid intake as long as you keep the bandage on the wound dry and free of urine.