Navigating Intimacy After Adult Circumcision

Adult circumcision is a minor procedure with extensive benefits that thousands of men undergo each year. In the United States, most are circumcised as infants, but there is still a significant population of men who seek out this procedure later in their lives. Many seek it out as a means to resolve medical issues that occur with the foreskin, whereas others simply desire the aesthetic improvement that appeals to intimate partners. Although it can be quite a confidence booster, navigating intimacy after circumcision is a delicate topic that requires the guidance of an experienced urologist. Men must take precautions to protect this sensitive area until the tissue heals to its fullest.

If you are interested in learning about the details of circumcision and if it is right for you, consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Mo Bidair. During this first meeting, Dr. Bidair will ask you questions about any physical or emotional discomforts you have been experiencing. He is not only a skilled specialist who utilizes highly precise techniques for optimal recovery but he is also board-certified in urology, giving him the knowledge he needs to offer comprehensive care. To date, he has published over 100 research articles, presentations, and abstracts related to the field of urology.

To get started with the most professional, sensitive care for circumcision and other issues related to male genital health, call Dr. Bidair’s San Diego County office at (619) 486-5005 or inquire with his contact form online. Dr. Bidair’s staff will assist you in finding a consultation date and time that aligns well with your personal schedule and needs. If you need a more flexible appointment, Dr. Bidair can conduct one through Zoom.

Why Men Consider Circumcision

Hygiene and Aesthetics

In the United States, about 80% of men are circumcised, so many men feel that this is the standard for aesthetic appearance that their partners enjoy. (1) Not only that, but they can feel confident in the sense that their anatomy matches with the majority of the population. It can also be much easier to clean and allow men to prevent irritation related to balanitis and phimosis.

Treat Phimosis

Men who struggle to pull back their foreskin may have a condition called phimosis. This is inflammation of the foreskin that causes a painful tightening effect. This may be accompanied by irritation when urinating and sexual activity. Men who develop the condition may also have discharge and notice a white ring around the penis that looks like scar tissue. In unaddressed cases, phimosis can progress into paraphimosis in which blood circulation to the penis is compromised. This is when the foreskin becomes completely trapped under the glans, or head of the penis. Paraphimosis is a medical emergency and requires prompt professional help to restore normal function.

Prevent Balanitis and Balanoposthitis

Another uncomfortable condition that often prompts men to consider circumcision is the presence of balanitis with or without balanoposthitis. Balanitis causes symptoms similar to phimosis since it is caused by inflammation, but it only affects the head of the penis. Many times, the condition is caused by yeast fungi or certain bacteria/viruses. With the presence of the foreskin, all of these are more likely to occur than in those who are circumcised. (2) Balanoposthitis is when both the glans and the foreskin experience swelling, redness, and other signs of irritation. Balanoposthitis is a type of cellulitis, a potentially serious bacterial infection of the penile skin.

Religious Reasons

Many men still value the religious associations of circumcision and undergo the procedure to feel better aligned with their beliefs. This aspect of the procedure can be extremely important for some men and serve as a gateway into understanding the vast health benefits as well.

Procedure Options

Dr. Bidair understands that circumcisions are extraordinarily delicate procedures that should allow for the preservation of penile functionality and sexual enjoyment after healing. Dr. Bidair will discuss the differences between each of these techniques and which one may be right for you, according to your desired cosmetic outcome and other factors:

Does Circumcision Affect Sexual Satisfaction?

You can come to Dr. Bidair’s office with a plethora of questions, and he will ensure you understand the details you need to know before committing to the procedure. One significant question that you may have is: Will my sexual satisfaction be affected? As one of the most common questions Dr. Bidair encounters, he will provide you with the transparency and clarity you need to make the right decision for your own well-being.

The reality is that the removal of the entirety or part of the foreskin results in varying effects for different individuals. Some reports suggest that exposing the glans can even increase sensitivity and sexual pleasure. Some research states that circumcision has no negative effects on sexual sensation or function. (3) For men with chronic issues like phimosis, sex can become significantly more enjoyable than before. For the most part, you can expect to be pleased with experiencing better hygiene after the procedure, too.

Does Circumcision Make It Difficult to Orgasm?

Varying individuals report more or less sensation after the procedure, but orgasm and erogenous zones are the same between circumcised and uncircumcised men. A urologist and surgeon like Dr. Bidair understands the importance of preserving vital nerve endings. In contrast to other doctors who take only 20 minutes to perform the procedure, Dr. Bidair takes about an hour to an hour and a half to ensure it goes smoothly and to perform the most precise incisions possible.

Getting Back to Sexual Activity

Adult Circumcision, Dr. Mo Bidair, San Diego

An optimal recovery is not only essential to long-term sexual satisfaction, but it helps prevent the development of more serious issues like infection and delayed healing. After the procedure, Dr. Bidair will give you clear instructions regarding wound care. Luckily, the sutures will not need a follow-up removal procedure since those Dr. Bidair uses are dissolvable. After the first couple of days, you will be able to take short showers. You will be instructed on when to apply any creams or lotions and what kind. Within 4 weeks, you should be able to resume sexual activity- including masturbation- with a condom to protect the sensitive scar. For more detailed information on recovery and adapting to your normal sexual routine post-circumcision, visit the circumcision recovery page.

Sexual Performance

Some men find that with decreased pressure and friction on the glans, their sexual encounters last longer, which can be seen as a significant benefit. They may feel increased confidence in their abilities in the bedroom, translating to a better quality of sexual life in general. However, if your scar is still inflamed and/or sensitive, you should follow Dr. Bidair’s advice until you have fully recovered.

Decreased Risk of Contracting an STD

Men without a foreskin have a decreased risk of contracting and passing on several STDs. Studies find that circumcision decreases HIV risk by about 53% to 60%. This simple procedure can also decrease herpes virus type 2 by 34%. Although often asymptomatic, it can also decrease HPV by roughly 32% to 35%. Circumcised men are also 40% less likely to cause bacterial vaginosis or trichomonas vaginalis infections in their female partners. (4)

Circumcision Benefits

Procedural Benefits

If you are interested in one of Dr. Bidair’s customized procedures, consider the procedural benefits that will help promote an easier, more comfortable recovery.

  • Outpatient surgery. Immediately after, you will be able to go home without much monitoring. Dr. Bidair only utilizes local anesthesia, so that you can avoid the unwanted effects of general anesthesia.
  • No fasting required. Since general anesthesia is not required, you will be able to eat and drink normally before your procedure.
  • Speedy recovery. Although returning to sexual activity will take a few weeks, you will be able to resume other activities, including work, much sooner.
  • Highly customizable procedure. Dr. Bidair can make the incision in a specific way that allows for more or less skin movement. He performs the procedure using one of four different techniques.

Health Benefits

  • Reduced risk of disease. Circumcision can give you the benefit of reducing the risk of several STDs, STIs, and bacterial and fungal infections.
  • More comfort and less irritation. The surgery can help you avoid the previously mentioned conditions, phimosis, paraphimosis, balanitis, and balanoposthitis.
  • Decreased risk of PPPs. Pearly penile papules (PPPs) are benign growths at the bottom of the penis’ glans. They can appear unattractive and alarming for the partners of the affected person. Dr. Bidair can remove PPPs.
  • Decreased risk of UTI. Men who are circumcised have less tissue to harbor bacteria, so UTI rates are much lower than in those who are not circumcised.

Personal Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. Bidair, he will address your concerns and go over what you need to know in terms of preparation and recovery. After discussing your procedural options, he will give you an idea of what to expect at all points during your recovery and how your final results will look. No matter what your questions may be, Dr. Bidair is prepared to answer them with the professionalism you deserve. Dr Bidair understands that circumcision is a delicate matter that needs careful consideration. He uses his unique skills that set his procedures apart from the rest in terms of quality.

To learn more about circumcision or to request your consultation today, call his location near San Diego at (619) 486-5005 or go online today. You can also schedule a phone appointment if that suits you best.

Cost of Circumcision in San Diego

The cost of your circumcision will mostly depend on the technique that Dr. Bidair performs for your unique anatomy, and the follow-up appointments you will need to recover safely. He will discuss this aspect of the procedure during your consultation and give you a total cost estimate. If you would like to familiarize yourself with the procedure before committing to circumcision, feel free to browse through our blog for more comprehensive information.


  1. Nabavizadeh B, Li KD, Hakam N, Shaw NM, Leapman MS, Breyer BN. Incidence of circumcision among insured adults in the United States. PLoS ONE. 2022;17(10):e0275207. doi:
  2. Wray AA, Velasquez J, Khetarpal S. Balanitis. PubMed. Published 2024. Accessed May 20, 2024.
  3. Morris BJ, Krieger JN. Does Male Circumcision Affect Sexual Function, Sensitivity, or Satisfaction?—A Systematic Review. The Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2013;10(11):2644-2657. doi:
  4. Tobian AAR, Gray RH, Quinn TC. Male Circumcision for the Prevention of Acquisition and Transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections: The Case for Neonatal Circumcision. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 2010;164(1):78-84. doi:

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