The Vasectomy Procedure

Someone may drive you home. Any discomfort is usually mild and pain relievers should be used if needed. The local anesthetic begins to wear off after an hour or so.

Recovery time after a No-Scalpel Vasectomy is usually less than after a traditional vasectomy. To ensure a speedy recovery, here are general guidelines for the patient who has had an uneventful vasectomy (look to your own physician for specific instructions):

  • Apply an ice pack or package of frozen peas or such vegetable to the scrotum for the first 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Stay off your feet as much as possible for a couple of days.
  • Wear snug cotton briefs or athletic supporter to help apply pressure against the procedure area and for support of the scrotum for the first week or two after the procedure.
  • Avoid heavy lifting or exercise for at least one week. Physicians commonly allow a return to work within three days unless the job involves physical exertion. In general, avoid activities that cause discomfort.
  • Wait at least a week to resume sexual activity.
  • You should consider yourself fertile and must continue with birth control precautions to avoid pregnancy until you are proven to be sterile with a semen analysis ordered by the doctor. You will qualify as being sterile when you have one semen analysis showing no sperm performed at a minimum of 8 weeks AND 20 ejaculations after the vasectomy. Sterility is confirmed in approximately 75% of patients at 8 weeks and over 90% by 12 weeks. Some patients require additional weeks to be clear of sperm.

The doctor should be contacted for:

  • fever and chills
  • a large black and blue area
  • increasing pain
  • drainage (sign of infection)
  • a growing mass (sign of internal bleeding or infection)
  • other concerns.

A vasectomy will not affect your manliness. The amount and appearance of semen ejaculated will not change noticeably. Sex should feel the same and be more worry-free.


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