5 Common Misconceptions of Adult Circumcision

5 Common Misconceptions of Adult Circumcision

January 2019

Most people ask whether it is possible to be circumcised at any age. For many men, however, this is not always an easy decision. There is no denying that deciding to undergo adult circumcision is a complicated one, especially with misconceptions floating around online and in society. This may incite confusion and fear if you don't know some of the facts.

If you are an adult, uncircumcised, and want to consider circumcision,  you should understand this procedure fully. While most adult males who are circumcised go through the procedure as a child or infants, it is common for men to choose to be circumcised as adults. Along with having a good understanding of the surgery and the associated benefits and risks, there are also a number of things that adults need to do before they undergo the surgery. To help you get a complete concept of “adult circumcision,” our experts at Circumcision Center® have come up with a breakdown of the six most common misconceptions that surround adult circumcision.

1. Adult Circumcision is more painful Than Infant Circumcision

This is a misconception that most male adults have. The truth is that whether you are an adult or an infant, during a circumcision procedure, anesthesia will always be administered. If you are an adult male undergoing circumcision, rest assured that Dr. Cornell will administer an appropriate amount of anesthesia to help make the procedure painless and safe.

2. The Recovery Time for Adults Is Longer and Often Difficult

When men walk into our center for information on the healing duration, a common concern they have is the healing duration after the circumcision procedure. Most men believe that it takes a longer time for it to heal. The good news is that it may not take as long as you think. At most, you will need to miss three days of work. In fact, if you schedule the procedure on a Friday, there is a good chance you can get back to work as early as Monday morning. At Circumcision Center, we suggest a week of moderate activity after the procedure. Travel and sedentary activity are possible on the same day. The procedure may take about three to four weeks to heal completely.

3. Adult Circumcision Only Takes Place under General Anesthesia

When you get circumcised at an older age, people believe it only takes place under general anesthesia. This is not true! Getting circumcised when as an adult does not require general anesthesia. A painless circumcision procedure is possible using only local anesthesia. This means a lower cost as well as lower risks for the patient.

4. Adult Circumcision Changes the Size  of the Penis

This is not true. After the procedure, nothing happens to the size, and girth of the penis. The structure, the length, and girth are deeper in the anatomy; Dr. Cornell simply removes the skin surrounding the head of the penis. During the procedure, the only component that goes through any bit of alteration is the skin. Therefore, there is no possibility or chance of altering the size of the penis with a circumcision.

5. Circumcision in Adult Males Results in Temporary Abstinence

A common question that most men ask is whether circumcision reduces the feeling during intercourse or reduces the sensation of sexual activity. They ask whether the sensitivity is lost after the procedure. Although some people would tell you that the procedure reduces the pleasure, patients indicate the opposite outcome is more likely. According to most patients, adult circumcision increases sexual pleasure as measured by sensitivity.

Deciding to undergo any surgery, including adult circumcision is never an easy decision, especially when it’s that part of the body associated with the male identity and reproduction. If you are considering an adult circumcision, at Circumcision Center, we are here to clear all your misconceptions and help answer any questions you may have related to this procedure. We will help you make the best decision!