Recovering After a Vasectomy
While many men fear that a vasectomy will be a very painful procedure and recovery, there is no pain during the procedure itself. After the procedure, bruising and soreness is normal, but that can usually be controlled with mild pain medication and a cold compress as necessary. Most men take a day or two off of work and are able to return to normal activity within a week.
Wearing an athletic supporter or snug underwear during the first few days of recovery can help prevent movement of the scrotum and helps minimize pain. While an ice pack may help ease the swelling, be sure to avoid placing it directly against the skin. Wrap the ice in a towel or a pillowcase before placing it against the skin to prevent “burning” the skin. A bag of frozen peas or corn works very well in this capacity and can be frozen and reused during the recovery period. (Don’t eat the vegetables after using the bag as a cold compress.)
Elevating the scrotum may also help with any soreness. This can be done by folding a towel and placing it under the scrotum while sitting or lying down. Elevating the area may also help reduce swelling. Good incision care is very important at this time.
The stitches are typically removed in the doctor’s office 7 to 10 days after the procedure. Most men are able to return to active sports and sex at this point; however, birth control is necessary until testing confirms that the surgery was successful and pregnancy is not possible.