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What Can You Expect From Your Vasectomy?

What Can You Expect From Your Vasectomy?

You’ve decided that your family is complete, and now it’s time to keep it that way. In terms of long term solutions, a vasectomy is the only permanent birth control method for males. This procedure can sound scary but is in fact very easy. What should you expect from your appointment and how can you prepare for recovery? Here are some tips and tricks to make the whole thing as painless as possible. 

In the Office

A doctor usually performs a vasectomy right in his office. No need to check into a hospital or prepare to stay overnight. The entire procedure takes less than an hour, including set-up and clean-up, so you’ll be in and out in no time. Check with your doctor for any special instructions before your appointment so you’ll know exactly what to expect from the procedure and recovery. 

What to Bring

Experts recommend bringing a jock strap with you to your appointment. They tend to find the extra support more comfortable after surgery. If you don’t have a jock strap, tight fitting underwear can help, too. Be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing that won’t be constricting. The idea is to be as comfortable as possible, and wear nothing that rubs anywhere near the incision site. 

Supplies for Recovery

At home, be sure to have an ice pack available to help with the swelling. You can use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the pain, but try to avoid aspirin, which can thin out your blood. Other helpful recovery items may include a Netflix binge-watching list and ice cream. Get your comfy place ready on the couch to kick back and relax for a day or two. 

When Can I Return To Work?

Be sure to talk with your doctor about how long it will take before you can return to normal activities. Generally, recovery is only a couple of days, but you’ll want to be sure you spend the time taking it very easy so that everything heals properly. After the initial period, you should be ready to head back to normal life. 

How Will A Vasectomy Affect My Sex Life?

After your vasectomy, don’t assume that all the sperm are gone immediately. You may need to ejaculate up to 20 times, or wait three months, before all the remaining sperm have cleared the vas deferens. Your doctor may ask for a sample after the three-month period to be sure there are no sperm left. You should not notice a change in your sex drive, and things should continue as normal once you heal.  

The No-Needle No-Scalpel Vasectomy

The Charlotte Center for Pelvic Health is proud to offer the least invasive vasectomy procedure possible. The No-Needle No-Scalpel vasectomy is exactly as it sounds. It is just as effective as other vasectomy procedures, but less invasive and requires less recovery time. Sounds perfect, right? The Charlotte Center for Pelvic Health also offers a sedation vasectomy option. Talk to your doctor when scheduling your appointment for all the details.


Dr. John Hettiarachchi, FACS FPMRS

Dr. John Hettiarachchi, FACS FPMRS