I recently had a circumcision and thought I would document my reasons for doing so and also provide an update on the recovery.
I decided to have a circumcision as I suffered from both a tight foreskin (phimosis) and also a tight frenulum - that teared a few years ago and has never really healed. I tried the steroid creams and also the skin stretching techniques but nothing worked.
For clarity, I have always been able to retract my foreskin when flaccid with no pain or trouble. However when erect, the foreskin retracts after some force, but comes with an uncomfortable, but bearable, amount of pain. Certain sexual positions, such as the women on top, were often the most painful, due to the pulling down on the foreskin, and sometimes concluded in changing positions.
I had my op done under local anaesthetic, which was a terrible decision, and to be completely frank was one of the most painful things I have experienced. Even after three injections of anaesthetic, I could still feel the cutting, burning and stitching throughout the entire surgery, which lasted about 30 minutes. I would advise anyone who is thinking about having a circumcision, think carefully about going under local A, as it is extremely painful. If you are happy with the risks and the adverse feelings afterwards...go for general A.
The first couple of days after the surgery were virtually pain free, which i can only assume was down to the local A still being in my system. I left the gauze on for the recommended time of 24 hours (doc said I could wait up to 48). There was a little bit of blood and the shaft of my penis was very bruised.
Day 3 to day 7 were the worst days for me. The midnight erections frequented a few times a night and caused me to wake up. Also as i was unable to masturbate or have sex, the daily erections kicked in and were also incredibly painful due to the stretching of the stitches. My penis was also very swollen and very sensitive on both the shaft and the head. By around day 4 the thick yellow/white gunge formed where my frenulum used to be.
Woke up with incredible morning glory which caused one of the stitches to rip. Sharp pain for about 2 seconds. The head become less sensitive and the erections become less painful.
I have zero pain now when I get an erection and on the way to a full recovery. The yellow/white puss has nearly disappeared and the swelling has gone. I still have some stitches in but they do not cause any pain. I masturbated for the first time, by gently massaging the shaft. I was able to orgasm, but not at the same intensity as before, but this is understandable as I took it very easy. I am going to wait a few more weeks before I move up to the head/cut line.
From day 3 to day 10, I have been bathing in sea salt once a day, which I really think helped.
So far I am happy with the circumcision, however, I am of the opinion that it should only be carried out for medical reasons (like my phimosis), not for cosmetic or religious reasons. If you have a fully functioning foreskin...you should keep it :).
Finally, I have posted some pictures on day 10.