Vasectomy is a highly effective and permanent birth control method involving cutting or sealing the sperm supplying tube. Even though vasectomy is a quick outpatient procedure, you probably cannot wait to get back to your daily activities after it and want to know what you can do to speed up recovery.
Let’s talk about the long-term care after vasectomy and where you can go for seamless vasectomy and comprehensive urology care.
Long-Term Care and Full Recovery after Vasectomy
Although vasectomy takes approximately 30 minutes, a certain amount of time is required to heal fully.
You will need to follow the following care guidelines to get back to the normal routine:
Right after the Procedure
Once anesthesia’s effect wears down, you might feel discomfort and pain that can be avoided or kept minimal by practicing the following care tips:
· Press an ice pack gently against the scrotum for at least 20 minutes several times a day to relieve pain and swelling
· Be on the outlook for any abnormal sign on your surgical site and contact your doctor immediately if you notice any sign of redness, pus, or bleeding.
· Take OTC pain relievers if required
48 hours after the Procedure
Practicing the following things 48 hours after the procedure can improve your recovery:
· Take rest during the first couple of days
· Stop wearing tight underwear two days after vasectomy
· Lie on your back to avoid straining your scrotum
· Monitor your symptoms and get medical help if you have fever or notice swelling
· Don’t lift heavy things or exercise
· Do not shower until your doctor allows you to
· Don’t have sex
· Don’t exercise as it can reopen your stitches
First Week after Procedure
Following the procedure, you should be able to continue day-to-day activities, including light exercise and sex in the first week, provided that your surgical site has almost healed and you feel comfortable resuming activities.
Use the birth control method until your urologist determines that you are no longer fertile through a post-vasectomy semen analysis (PVSA) test.
After A Week Or More after Procedure
You should be able to get back to exercise, strenuous activities, lift objects with minimal pain and inflammation a week or more after the sterilization procedure.
Having protected sex and masturbating again is also allowed if you feel comfortable doing so. However, approximately 15 to 20 ejaculations will be needed to have unprotected sex after vasectomy.
Vasectomy in Gilbert, AZ
At Ironwood Urology, we offer cost-effective, safe, and successful vasectomy with little downtime. Our board-certified urologist Dr. Desiderio Avila, Jr., has an excellent track record of performing thousands of successful no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomies over the course of his career.