No-Scalpel Vasectomy Recovery Information

One of the main benefits of choosing a no-scalpel vasectomy is that it is less invasive and therefore allows for a shorter recovery time.  You should plan on bringing someone to the procedure to drive you home.  The rest of the day should be taken off and used to rest.

Take it easy in the days following.  Do not exercise for several days and use discomfort as your guide.  Applying ice, especially in the first 24 hours, will lessen swelling and speed up recovery time.  Many people say it is less painful than a trip to the dentist and return to work the next day.

In the weeks following the no-scalpel vasectomy there will be a follow up test to ensure the flow of sperm has successfully been stopped.  Great care and protection should be taken in those first weeks considering it does take time for the flow of sperm to stop.  It is not an instant fix.  Use birth control until otherwise advised by your physician.

How Soon Can I Go Back to Work?

You should not do heavy physical labor for at least 72 hours after your vasectomy. If your job doesn’t require this kind of work, you can go back sooner. Many men have their vasectomies on Friday so they can take it easy over the weekend and go back to work on Monday.

Will a Vasectomy Change Me Sexually?

The only thing that will change is that you will not be able to make you partner pregnant.  Your body will continue to produce the hormones that make you a man.  You will have the same amount of semen.  A vasectomy won’t change your beard, your muscles, your sex drive, you erections, or your climaxes.  And you won’t sing soprano.  Some men say that without the worry of accidental pregnancy and the bother of other birth control methods, sex is more relaxed and enjoyable than before.

Will I be Sterile Right Away?

No, after a vasectomy, there are always some active sperm left in your system.  It takes about 20 ejaculations to clear them.  You and your partner should use some other form of birth control until you have a negative semen analysis.

When Can I Start Having Sex Again?

As soon as you are comfortable, but remember to use some other kind of birth control until the doctor says you are sterile.

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