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Vasectomy recovery & aftercare

Tips & advice to help your recovery

It's vital you take some time to rest after your vasectomy

We recommend that you go straight home and rest for 48 hours. Avoid any long periods of standing, walking, or driving for a few days after treatment.

To help your recovery you should take a few days off work to rest. If your job involves physical strain then take a couple of weeks off. Within a week or so you should be comfortable enough to have sex. We just advise you take it easy the first time.

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Caring for the wound

We'll dress your wound before you leave the clinic, and you should keep the dressing clean and dry, leaving it on for the first 48 hours.

Wearing close fitting, supportive cotton briefs will provide support, can reduce pain and swelling, and will be more comfortable.

You can minimise the risk of infection by making sure you wash your hands before and after touching the wound. There are symptoms you will notice if you have developed an infection. If you notice any of these symptoms you should contact your GP, and let us know.

Signs of infection:

  • If the area becomes very painful, red, swollen, or tender.
  • If you have a raised temperature.
  • If you feel generally unwell. 

After 48 hours, have a brief bath or shower to help remove the dressing. Dry the area thoroughly and put on the clean dressing given to you at your appointment.

Semen-testing

There will be some sperm left in your tubes after your procedure. So you must use another method of contraception until we have confirmed the vasectomy has worked.

We'll test your semen at 16 and 18 weeks after the procedure. We recommend having 25 ejaculations before sending us your first sperm sample.

When you have given two samples in a row that are free from sperm, we'll write to you to let you know that your vasectomy has been successful.

You must use another method of contraception until we have confirmed the vasectomy has worked.

Looking for more information about vasectomy?

You’ll find answers to the questions people ask most about vasectomy here. If you can’t find out the information you need, please call us on 0345 300 0212.

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