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Adult Circumcision for Medical Reasons: Exploring the Benefits and Considerations

While circumcision is often associated with cultural or religious traditions, there are instances where adult circumcision may be recommended for medical reasons. In this blog post, we will delve into the benefits and considerations of adult circumcision for medical purposes, shedding light on the potential advantages and important factors to consider before undergoing the procedure.

Benefits of Adult Circumcision for Medical Reasons

Treatment of Phimosis: Phimosis refers to the tightness or inability to retract the foreskin, leading to discomfort and potential hygiene issues. Adult circumcision can effectively address this condition, providing relief and improving overall genital health.

Prevention and Treatment of Balanitis: Balanitis is the inflammation of the head of the penis, often caused by bacterial or fungal infections. Adult circumcision can reduce the risk of balanitis by removing the foreskin, which can harbour infectious agents and contribute to recurrent infections.

Management of Paraphimosis: Paraphimosis is a condition where the retracted foreskin becomes trapped behind the glans, leading to swelling and potential complications. Adult circumcision can help prevent future episodes of paraphimosis, ensuring proper penile function and reducing the risk of complications.

Reduced Risk of Urinary Tract Infections: Adult circumcision has been associated with a lower incidence of urinary tract infections (UTIs). The removal of the foreskin eliminates the warm, moist environment that can promote bacterial growth and infection in the urinary tract.

Considerations and Precautions

Individual Health Status: It is crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare professional, such as Dr. Michael Read, to assess your individual health status and determine if adult circumcision is the appropriate course of action for your specific medical condition.

Potential Risks and Complications: Like any surgical procedure, adult circumcision carries risks, including bleeding, infection, and temporary discomfort. Dr. Michael Read will discuss these risks with you and provide guidance on how to minimise potential complications.

Recovery and Aftercare: It is essential to follow post-operative care instructions provided by Dr. Michael Read diligently. This may include keeping the surgical area clean, avoiding sexual activity during the healing process, and wearing loose-fitting clothing to promote proper healing.


Adult circumcision for medical reasons can offer various benefits, including the treatment of conditions such as phimosis, balanitis, and paraphimosis, as well as reducing the risk of urinary tract infections. However, it is crucial to consult with an experienced professional, such as Dr. Michael Read, to evaluate your individual case and discuss the potential benefits, considerations, and any associated risks.

By calling Dr. Michael Read’s clinic at 07 5531 3205, you can schedule a consultation and obtain personalised guidance regarding adult circumcision. For further information, you can also download the free patient guide by visiting the Adult Circumcision page.

Remember, making an informed decision about adult circumcision requires professional advice and understanding. Take the first step toward exploring the benefits and considerations by contacting Dr. Michael Read’s clinic today.

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