Risksof male circumcision

In the UK, complications after circumcisions carried out for medical reasons are rare and most men don't experience any significant problems.

Apart from the initial swelling, bleeding and infection are the two most common problems associated with circumcision. There's between a 1 in 10 and a 1 in 50 chance that you'll experience bleeding or infection.

Other possible complicationsof circumcision can include:

  • permanent reduction in sensation in the head of the penis, particularly during sex
  • tenderness around the scar
  • the need to remove stitches that haven't dissolved
  • occasionally, another operation is needed to remove some more skin from around the head of the penis
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018