I Regret Having an Adult Circumcision
A guy who’s had sex while cut and uncut tells all.
While circumcision rates are declining in the U.S., more than half of male infants still get circumcised. But being circumcised as a baby isn’t the only time you can get the procedure done. Some adults undergo the surgery due to religious or medical reasons. Here, John*, a 36-year-old banker from the northeast who underwent an adult circumcision in his 20s because of phimosis (a condition in which the foreskin can’t be pulled back), talks about his experience.
I was born in the U.S. to immigrant parents from Vietnam. Growing up in the midwest, I was self-conscious of the fact that I was the only one of my classmates who wasn’t circumcised (I went to a Catholic school where I was the only minority student in class).
Before puberty, this difference was definitely on my mind, and I remember asking my dad about the possibility of getting circumcised after infancy. But, after growing up and discovering the pleasure of sex with foreskin, I learned to enjoy it.
Of course, just as I was at the age when I appreciated not being circumcised, I had to get it done as an adult.
The yeast infection from hell
It all started the summer after I graduated college. I thought I had the flu, so I was drinking a lot of ginger ale and not really eating anything besides canned pineapple and lychee.
During this time, I noticed that I couldn’t pull my foreskin back all the way and there was this white substance on my penis, that, at first, I thought was linty toilet paper residue. Later, I realized it was smegma, which I had never seen on my penis before. I didn’t think much of it, but after a few days, I was like, “something’s wrong,” so I went to a clinic, scared that I had an STI. Immediately, the doctors at the clinic diagnosed me with a yeast infection. I thought only women got them, but they explained to me that men get them, too. The doctors didn’t take blood work or anything, instead, just vaguely told me to keep it clean and wait for it to get better. But the pain only got worse.