The days, weeks and months after a vasectomy may seem like a mystery to those unfamiliar with the procedure. Many men are concerned that they will experience pain as they recover, or they worry that too much time will pass before they can return to normal physical activities like work, exercise and intercourse.
Fortunately, many of these fears are unnecessary, as the San Diego Vasectomy Center (SDVC) will explain below.
What happens after a vasectomy?
On the day of the procedure
- You will be asked to rest for at least 24 hours after the procedure
- Laying down / sitting comfortably
- Using an ice pack / frozen peas on the groin area to assist with any swelling or soreness
- You will be directed to use over-the-counter pain relief medication for any aches
- You will need to be driven home from the clinic where the procedure is performed as you will be sleepy from anesthesia
The week after the procedure
- You can return to work within two or three days
- Unless your work requires heavy physical activity, which should be abstained from for at least 5-7 days
- You may experience some swelling, bruising or discomfort, but it should be minor and not interfere with your routine
- Discomfort while sexually aroused in the week after a vasectomy is common, but temporary
A month after the procedure
- For most men, it will take up to four weeks for both an erection and intercourse to be comfortable post-procedure
- You should consult with your vasectomy surgeon per any specific questions about having sex after a vasectomy, including any concerns about soreness
- Please note: You will need to use contraception until the semen analysis is performed and the vasectomy is ruled to be a success
Three months after the procedure
- You will need to return to the vasectomy clinic for a semen analysis to determine whether active sperm is still present
- If there is no active sperm, then the vasectomy procedure was a success
- If active sperm is detected, a follow up test will be needed
If you are ready to schedule a vasectomy consultation, please request an appointment with SDVC today.