Most men are back at work within a few days of having a vasectomy, but full recovery does take a little longer than a few days. In the weeks following a vasectomy some extra personal care and attention to hygiene will be necessary. The following tips will assist your recovery and ensure that your life gets back to normal as quickly as possible.
Get Some Rest
Vasectomy recovery starts with plenty of rest. For the first two or three days following surgery you should be spending your time resting. You should certainly avoid any strenuous activity, heavy lifting or carrying. If possible, try lying down with your feet slightly raised.
Personal hygiene is an important part of recovery. The risk of infection is highest in the first few days, but you can reduce the risk by keeping your genital area as clean and as dry as possible.
Do not attempt to take a shower or a bath for at least 24 hours after surgery. It is safe to start showering or have a bath after 48 hours, provided you pay careful attention to drying your genitals gently and completely.
During your recovery you should make sure that each day you wear clean underwear.
It’s normal to experience slight swelling and bruising of the scrotum after vasectomy surgery. This may cause you some discomfort initially, or it can be painful. An ice pack will help reduce swelling, and you should avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen in the first 48 hours. Those painkillers may actually increase bruising or bleeding around the incision.
If the pain is persistent, then try placing an ice pack on the scrotum to ease any discomfort.
You will be advised by your doctor to wear close fitting underwear that provides some support for your scrotum. Wearing a jockstrap or an athletic supporter for a week or two will play an important part in your recovery.
Discomfort will be considerably reduced by wearing supportive underwear all day, and also at night.
You may also experience a feeling of fullness inside your testicles. This is quite normal and should not last long. You should see your doctor if this sensation continues for more than a few weeks.
Try to wait at least a week after surgery before you start having sex. When you are ready for sex, there will still be some sperm present inside your vas deferens and your semen is not going to be completely clear of sperm until you have had at least twenty ejaculations. Contraception will therefore be necessary until tests show that your semen is clear.
Don’t be alarmed by the sight of a little blood in your semen. This is quite normal for the first few ejaculations after a vasectomy.
Wait For Your Semen Test Results
You can only be sure that there is no risk of pregnancy after you have had your semen tested and when results show no sign of sperm being present.
A semen test should be taken at least two months after the vasectomy. A second test might be necessary later on, if the first test does not show a complete absence of sperm.
Once the tests have been finalized, and the doctor is satisfied with the success of your vasectomy, you will know that you have done everything right and your recovery is complete.