My doctor was explaining with some awkwardness the procedure I was about to undergo. "The skin around yours … well … when I was in school, we would say 'bell'.
I was in my mid-20s and was about to have elective adult circumcision. After experiencing some bleeding and tearing problems, I was diagnosed with phimosis, a condition in which the foreskin is difficult to escape or not at all. It took me a while to get in touch with my GP for something that felt kind of shameful, but after the diagnosis everything went pretty fast.
Prior to surgery, the relevant area was isolated by cutting a circle into a towel that lay under the operating table. A team gathered around me: surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses and maybe a nurse or two. Administration of the included intoxicant ̵
It is difficult to obtain accurate figures for medical circumcision in adults. For most men seeking treatment, surgery is to correct phimosis, which becomes apparent when they become sexually active. In particular, insertive intercourse can lead to a foreskin, which can lead to rupture – although it is not known by physicians what exactly phimosis is and what is just plain tightness that can be aided by stretching exercises.
Terry The 70-year-old Brasier recently made headlines after going to Leicester's hospital for a bladder procedure and instead erroneously circumcised. Brasier received compensation of £ 20,000. In my opinion, after going through the same procedure with my consent, this is the right amount of money to go through it unnecessarily.
I was not particularly well prepared for my recovery after surgery. The doctors gave me brief instructions on how to deal with the pain, how long to wait before having sex again and when to remove the bandages – but there was nothing about psychological support for adapting to a life with a completely different penis.  To give me some idea of the coming days and weeks, I would like to be told, "The invisible man of HG Wells in his dressing gown." A friend was circumcised at 19 and recalls his first impression: " singing of Frankenstein. "
Beyond the troubled visuals, no one had warned me of the terrible pain of the sudden tension of my soluble stitches caused by involuntary erections. This eventually passed and I was able to adapt to my changed circumstances.
My recovery was relatively painless, but at worst the procedure can be agonizing and traumatic. This year, a 21-year-old man named Curtis told the BBC that he developed post-traumatic stress disorder after his wound became infected after a partial cut of seven and a half years.
It seems clear that there is not enough psychological preparation or follow-up. Unlike in the US, where 71% of biological men are estimated to be circumcised, the procedure is relatively rare in the UK. For this reason, circumcision is shrouded in stigma and secrecy, although society is gradually becoming more open to sharing and less inclined to embarrass the body.
And the overwhelmingly positive feedback I received over the years after the operation, let me know that I made the right decision.