Adult Circumcision and Mens’ Sexual Health: Everything You Need to Know

Many adult men decide to undergo a circumcision procedure each year. The reasons they choose to do so vary widely, from health reasons to aesthetic preferences. Here, the team at Circumcision Vasectomy Australia let you know about the procedure and its benefits.

What is an adult circumcision procedure?

While newborn/childhood circumcisions have been on the decline in Australia for the past few decades (with fewer than 20 per cent of boys having undergone the procedure), adult circumcision remains a fairly commonplace procedure.

During a circumcision procedure, the foreskin is removed from the penis, and the skin that remains is stitched or fused together. The surgery requires local anesthetic and is quick – generally less than 20 minutes.

Circumcision doctors are equipped with multiple circumcision techniques – including the Bell, Gomco, and Shang Ring, ZSR and conventional methods – each of which are appropriate for specific men and boys of different ages, each with their own levels of risk involved.

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Here at Circumcision Vasectomy Australia, our preferred circumcision method for adults is the Shang Ring Method, which is used to stop blood flow to the foreskin. The foreskin is then removed. This method is quick, less painful, less risky and has a higher satisfaction rate among adult patients when compared to the other methods. In fact the circumcision can be completed in just 10 minutes.

Why do adult men choose to get circumcised?

The decision to undergo circumcision as an adult is a very personal thing. However, you don’t need a reason to get circumcised as an adult in Australia – if you want to do it, you generally can go ahead and do so. Below our doctor’s list some of the most common reasons we see men visiting our circumcision clinic.

Health and medical benefits

Phimosis treatment: Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back over the head of the penis. When serious, it can cause issues such as difficulties passing urine or pain. It can be caused by several things, including injury, infection or skin conditions.

Circumcision is an option for treating Phimosis, along with other treatments like steroid creams and foreskin stretching exercises. You should consult you GP before making a decision.

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Balanitis prevention: Balanitis is an infection at the head of the penis, causing itchiness, pain, tenderness, swelling or discharge. It is a common issue for males of any age. Balanitis is more likely to develop for menonly occurs in men who have a foreskin (men who are uncircumcised).Balanitis can be triggered by many things, including bacteria or fungus, allergies and irritation from chemicals.

The sensitivity of the area, and the moist, warm environment under the foreskin makes it prone to infection, and Balanitis can be prevented by keeping the inside of your foreskin clean.

Adult circumcision can be a solution to recurring Balanitis infections, particularly for patients with Phimosis (see above), as keeping the area hygienic is more difficult.

STIs: Like the above points about infection prevention and hygiene factors, circumcised men also have lower risk of being infected byacquiring or transmitting sexually transmitted diseases. In particular, being circumcised is associated with a reduced risk of ulcerative STIs like syphilis, and chancroid or herpes.

It should be said that circumcision is not a form of birth control, and other measures should always be used.

Cancer risk: there is also evidence to suggest that circumcised men have reduced penile cancer risk. This is an uncommon form of cancer; however, the risk of cervical cancer in females is also reduced when their partner/s are circumcised.

This is because the chances of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) – the virus that causes cervical cancer in women – being passed on is reduced.

Circumcision and your sex life

If you are considering adult circumcision for any reason, it’s likely that you have questions or concerns about how the procedure might affect your sex life – including performance, sexual function and pain.

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Pleasure and sexual performance: being circumcised does not prohibit the ability to maintain an erection, reach orgasm or affect men’s overall sexual function. Some men report that they can ‘last longer’ during intercourse following circumcision, as the ultra-sensitive foreskin has been removed.
This can lead to higher sexual satisfaction among circumcised men and their partners.

Pain during intercourse: circumcised men are less likely to report physical pain during or following intercourse. In many cases, pain during or from intercourse is caused by irritation or tightness of the foreskin.

Accidents during intercourse: the frenulum, colloquially known as the ‘banjo string’, is at risk of tearing during intercourse – particularly if it is anatomically short or tight. A circumcised penis may have a partial frenulum or no frenulum at all, which means sexual activity may be more enjoyable, as the risk of injury is removed.

Personal reasons

As mentioned, you don’t need a medical reason to get circumcised. Some men choose to undergo the procedure as they prefer the look of a circumcised penis. There is nothing wrong with this, as long as you have done your research and are making an informed decision. If you have any questions, contact our friendly and experienced team here.

Why Circumcision Vasectomy Australia?

Our team here in Melbourne, lead by Dr Abdalla, understand that the more information our patients have, the more equipped you are to make a decision.

It’s our mission to create a warm and safe environment for you to ask questions, so feel free to get in touch with us today.