What you need to do after being circumcised

What you need to do after being circumcised

Medical male circumcision is available free of charge at some government clinic and many young men are using the services.

What you need to know about Circumcision – Why it is a good idea and what a man can expect article (Read Here) details what to expect before and during the procedure – this article explains what to expect after the procedure.

After the circumcision procedure you will be given pain medication but that is not the end of the process. You need to have a follow up visit, refrain from sex for six weeks and contact a health worker if you have any problems.

Follow-up visits: you will be given a date to return two to three days after having been circumcised. Keep all appointments. The stitches will dissolve on their own. Write down any questions you may have. This way you will remember to ask these questions during your next visit.

Having sex: you need to wait six weeks after the procedure before you masturbate or have sexual intercourse (sex) with your partner. You may feel some discomfort when having sex for the first time after the procedure. Talk to your health care worker if you are worried, have concerns, or are having related problems when having sex.

Contact a health care worker if:

* You cannot make it to your follow up visit.
* You have a fever (increased body temperature).
* You have trouble urinating.
* You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
* You have dizziness, nausea (upset stomach), or vomiting (throwing up).
* You have problems when having sexual intercourse.
* You have questions or concerns about your procedure, condition, or care.

Seeek immediate care if:-

* You are bleeding.
* Your urine has blood in it, becomes very cloudy and bad smelling, or you cannot urinate.
* You have pain or swelling of the penis that does not decrease or go away after taking your pain medicine, or is getting worse.
* You have swelling, redness, pain, blood, or discharge in or around your cut.

Although studies show that circumcision reduces the risk of STIs and HIV, it does NOT protect you fully and you should always practise safe sex: Abstain, Be Faithful and Condomise.
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