I am now completely pain free. I can move around freely with no discomfort at all and I resumed exercising again. I can wear my normal underwear now if I want and it feels absolutely fine. The smell is also gone.
The last few stitches finally came out over the past couple of days with some manual force. After taking salt water baths, I used tiny scissors to cut the ends of the stitches and pulled them out. The first try it hurt and the stitches weren't budging, but after cutting some of it with the scissors and trying again the next day, it worked.
Because the stitches are out, morning erections are no longer painful at all and that is a HUGE relief. The incision line is now also completely healed and looks pretty good. No ugly scar, just looks like a neat straight line going around. I
Masturbating After Circumcision
I was FINALLY able to masturbate this morning after the longest break in my life! I had to be very careful and stroked only the shaft. The shaft is very tight, so I used some baby oil to make it slippery so that I didn't have to use much force. Also, the swelling is still there and it pretty much looks the same as the 3rd week pictures.
I had to be careful and used a lot of mental stimulation with short gentle strokes with the baby oil, but it worked and ejaculating felt great! (but was messy..)It wasn't as great as others report, but it gave me a sneak preview of what's ahead. I'm really excited about that and I think I'm going to really enjoy my circumcised penis. No more tight foreskin constricting my erections and making sex difficult. I absolutely cannot wait.
Penis Seems Smaller in LengthBecause of the swollen ring behind my penis head, my penis can't extend to its full length, so when erect its a bit shorter and thicker than usual. I'm sure once the swelling completely subsides it will return to normal length and girth. I got a moderate circumcision, not high (scar line is mid shaft), and not low (scar line is close to head). However, I have read some men that got high over zealous circumcisions, the surgeon ended up removing too much skin which can cause tight painful erections and shorten the length of the penis. Multiple surgeons I've e-mailed regarding this have also confirmed it can happen if you remove too much skin, but the anatomy of the penis itself (beneath the skin) stays the same length whether you are circumcised or not. You just need enough skin so that the penis can stretch out to your full length.
update after a couple of days
so actually, when I get really turned on, having a full blown erection is painful. It feels like the skin won't stretch enough to let me penis extend to its full length. This is scary, and I am hoping too much tissue was not removed. I am going to believe this is happening because of the swelling, and that it will go away once the swelling subsides.
Not 100% Healed Yet
So the underside of my penis where the frenulum used to connect to the crevice in the head, tissue is still regenerating in certain places and is yet to scab. It has improved significantly over the past few days. No pain or discharge being left on my undergarments though. I think this should go away within a week. I just hope the swelling subsides more quickly, but I do see tiny improvements as the day goes by and I can see it going completely away soon enough. I think the erections are forcing that swollen ring to stretch out, or at least I hope so.
All in all, I am much more healed vs. last week or the week before. I can freely walk around 100% pain free, the wound is 90% healed, I can masturbate now, exercise, no more painful erections, and the swelling is slowly but surely improving. That's the only problem left now and I hope the swelling starts to subside much more rapidly.