Reproductive and Child Health


After a Circumcision

Circumcision is a surgical procedure which involves removal of the skin and tissue (foreskin) that normally cover the glans (head) of the penis. It is an elective procedure often performed by a doctor in the first few days after delivery.

Circumcision is a personal parental choice.

After a Circumcision
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Circumcision is not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). If parents choose to have their infant circumcised, they must pay a fee to the doctor performing the procedure (and the hospital, if applicable).

The Healing Process:

Normal healing usually occurs within 7-10 days (if a PlastiBell (plastic ring) was used it should fall off during this time). Although this is the usual healing process, always follow instructions and recommendations provided by the doctor and/or hospital.

During the healing period, the end of the penis which is normally dark red becomes covered with yellow discharge fluid. This happens within the first 24 hours and it should not be foul-smelling. It is a normal part of healing and may persist for 2-3 days. Do not attempt to remove the yellow discharge.

General Care After a Circumcision:

  Call your doctor if: