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I have an uncircumcised penis and might be having sex soon. However, my foreskin doesn't go back. I'm worried and curious if circumcision is an option at age 16.

Circumcision is most commonly performed as an infant, but adult circumcision is not unheard of. Circumcision is a safe procedure, and for adult men it can be easily performed with anesthesia. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin. This can mean removing all of the foreskin, or just certain parts, but it is usually the skin that covers the head of the penis.

Although adult circumcision is a relatively simple procedure, there is a 4-6 week recovery time, and in that recovery time certain side effects may include:

  • temporary pain after surgery

  • temporary irritation of the head of the penis

  • different or decreased sensation during sex

You would also need to refrain from sex or masturbation (or anything that would lead to an erection) because this may cause pain and discomfort or disrupt sutures.

We encourage you to talk to a health care provider about your concerns with the foreskin not retracting. This may be something that may or may not need to be resolved with circumcision.

For now, remember to thoroughly wash your penis using these simple steps:

  • Gently pull back the foreskin (if you can)

  • Clean beneath the foreskin with mild soap and water

  • Rinse and dry beneath the foreskin

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