Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin from the penis of a man or boy. Chances are that you already knew that. I’ll make no attempt to cover infant or child circumcision; this resource is for uncircumcised men.

In the USA, circumcision used to be the norm. (When I was born, it was the norm.) As a boy and then man growing up uncircumcised, you’ve probably seen a few penises, and probably very few of them were uncut. In my case, the only other male I have ever seen who still has his foreskin is my brother. My father’s penis was circumcised, and so were those of all my friends growing up that I successfully sneaked a peek at.

Adult circumcision is performed by a urologist on an out-patient surgical basis. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and is done under general anesthesia. There is no pain. Recovery time is two to four weeks. After your circumcision you are supposed to abstain from sexual intercourse for the entire four weeks, but I broke that rule and had sex at the end of week 2. (I proceeded to have sex five more times during week 3.)

You will be given a narcotic medication for pain management, and for the first week to week-and-a-half you will need it. After that period there will be no pain at all.

If you have private health insurance, your circumcision will probably be covered. My initial consultation and procedure cost under $300 out-of-pocket. Your insurance coverage will vary, of course.