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Congratulations on Getting Circumcised!

It is important to wash your hands before touching the wound.

Bandage Removal ): Remove the dressing (bandage) two days after your circumcision.

Clothing and hygiene

  • When you remove the dressing (bandage), slight bleeding may or may not occur. If you see bleeding, compress the wound for 5-15 minutes with a clean cloth.
  • After the bleeding stops, wear loose, clean underwear.
  • Change your underwear everyday to prevent infection.
  • It is recommended that you wash your wound with soap 2-3 times a day.
  • Wash properly and use a clean face cloth around the stitches without pulling them in order to prevent any infection or bleeding.
  • It is better to tolerate some discomfort when washing properly, than to get an infection from an unclean wound.
  • The wound should remain clean and dry every day.
  • Remember to keep your penis facing up for 14 days, by using the tape provided, or use your underwear as support.

How To Approach Potential Problems?

Bleeding After The Operation:

  • You may see some blood through the dressing after your circumcision. Don’t worry – it is normal.
  • If the bleeding continues after the operation, hold your penis in your hand as you were shown by the clinic nurse and squeeze the bleeding area, while applying constant pressure for 5-15 minutes, with 5 minute intervals.
  • Check to see if bleeding has stopped.
  • If the bleeding hasn’t stopped, continue squeezing or go to your nearest circumcision clinic for a doctor to assess you.


  • Some pain after your circumcision is normal.
  • Take the pain medication given to you at the clinic, as instructed by the nurse.
  • If pain is still excessive, please contact the nearest circumcision clinic for further advice.

Infection, discharge of pus, increased painful swelling, inability to pass urine or painful urination: Please return to your nearest circumcision clinic where a nurse or doctor will assess you and apply a new dressing.

Please note

  • Please do not engage in any form of sexual intercourse or masturbation for 6 weeks after your circumcision.
  • For your health and safety, it is advised to use a condom for the next 6 months. This is to ensure adequate healing of your penis and prevent the wound from breaking. It is also important in preventing the transmission or contraction of sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS.
  • Safe sex (including condom use) should always be practiced to prevent you from becoming infected with HIV.

Follow up visits

  • Your follow up visit should take place 2 to 3 days after your circumcision.
  • Please do not miss your follow up as it is important that a medical professional examines you.
  • If you have any concerns before this, please come to the clinic sooner and a medical professional will attend to you.
NB: If you notice any problems or anything unusual during the healing process, do not hesitate to go back to the centre or go to your nearest clinic for assistance.