After having a vasectomy procedure, a man should follow some simple steps to reduce discomfort and reduce the chance of having a complication of the procedure. These include the following:
- Wear an athletic supporter for as long as you seem to need it for comfort.
- The day of your procedure it is recommended to return home and rest. For the first two days after the procedure, do not perform any activities or work that requires lifting, pushing or straining.
- Men will vary in the healing process. As a general rule, avoid heavy lifting more than 20 pounds for at least two weeks after the procedure.
- Take Tylenol or ibuprofen for pain after the procedure. An ice pack will also provide additional relief and prevent swelling for the first several hours after the procedure. Place the ice pack for 30 minute intervals (30 minutes on and 30 minutes off.)
- Keep the incision dry for two days following the procedure. After that, you may resume normal bathing. Place antibiotic ointment over the wound for 2 -3 days following the procedure.
- Some bruising, drainage from the incision, swelling or tenderness is likely to occur after vasectomy. The edges of the wound in the scrotum may pull apart and heal slowly thereafter. Call your doctor’s office if severe swelling, redness, severe tenderness or drainage of pus occurs from the wound. Also call if you develop fever or nausea.
- Wait for one week before having intercourse. After that you may resume sexual activities as normal if you are not having discomfort.
- Vasectomy does not immediately prevent pregnancy. Continue to use an alternate form of birth control until you have had your semen analyzed twice and have been told that it contains no sperm each time. You will receive specimen cups to bring in semen samples after 6 weeks (or approximately 20 ejaculations) and again after another six weeks. You are not considered infertile until after your doctor informs you that the semen samples are free of sperm.