The Boys' Growing Up in the Lord

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Can I still play sports, sit, walk, or sleep normally if the foreskin on my penis is circumcised?

Pat (age 19)


Circumcision is a surgery and like all surgeries, time is needed for recovery. The medical journals say it takes about four to six weeks to fully recover from circumcision. That recovery period can be painful. Erections will stretch the healing skin, causing pain. It is even possible that an erection will pull the sutures requiring a return to the doctor to stitch the wound close again.

A full description of the procedure, alternatives, and possible complications can be found at: Adult Circumcision.

Once the wound heals, your life can return to normal.

You should, however, seriously consider why you are getting circumcised. Circumcision is only needed in rare circumstances. For the majority of males it is only cosmetic, that is, it only changes your appearance but serves no purpose. God said this long ago, "Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters" (I Corinthians 7:18-19). "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation" (Galatians 6:15).

Often times the problems circumcision is supposed to solve can be addressed in less drastic ways. Even when surgery is called for, partial cuts can often be used instead of a complete circumcision. The less that is cut, the faster the recovery time.