Post vasectomy - what to expect after vasectomy What you need to know
Here's some information to help you understand what to expect post-vasectomy.
Post vasectomy - what to expect
Your questions about what happens after vasectomy, answered.
Rest for the first 24 hours and use an ice pack to keep the area cooler. Frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel work well.
Keep your wound dressing dry for at least 48 hours and wear supportive underwear. Avoid sex, ejaculation, swimming and baths for the first 7 days.
You may experience some aching once the local anaesthetic wears off. You can treat mild ache and discomfort with paracetamol.
You may experience some swelling, bruising or a small amount of bleeding from the incision site. If you have any concerns, contact our team for advice.
Returning to activity
Watch this video of Dr Simon to learn more about what to expect after vasectomy, what to do after your procedure and when you can expect to return to normal activities such as work, sex, exercise and sport.
Frequently Asked Questions
Use an ice pack regularly for the first 24 hours and up to 3 days for 20 minutes at a time. Make sure you have put a layer of fabric on the ice pack or frozen peas and do not apply it directly to your skin.
The no scalpel open ended method does not require stitches. The incision site is very small and can heal without them. It is very important to keep your dressing in place and dry for the first 48 hours.
Yes you can have a short shower 24 hours after your procedure although be mindful to keep your wound dressing dry. Do not have a bath or go swimming for at least 3 days.
We recommend no sex or ejaculation for 7 days after the procedure. Remember that it takes a number of ejaculations to empty the tubes completely of sperm so you must use another method of contraception (condom or female contraception) until your 3-month follow up test confirms you are sterile.
You will need to wait for the results of your 3-month semen follow-up test before getting the all clear to have sex without another form of contraception.
There may be a small amount of blood in semen for the first 4-8 weeks post vasectomy. This is quite normal. If there is heavy blood or this continues for longer than 8 weeks please let us know.
It's best to avoid alcohol on the day of your procedure. For the first week after your procedure don't exceed 1-2 standard drinks per day.
Yes you can certainly get a medical certificate if you need one.
If your work does not involve any physical exertion you can return a day or two after your vasectomy procedure. Otherwise you will need to take a week off or request a week of light duties. It is important you don't do any lifting, reaching or stretching for 1 week.
It is advised not to do any contact sport, weight lifting or cycling for 1 month after your procedure.
Non contact sports such as swimming, running and golf, please avoid for 2 weeks after your procedure.
Avoid standing all day, alot of walking or carrying over anything over 10kg for 1 week after your procedure.
Your booking from start to finish
Vasectomy means you can enjoy hassle-free, worry-free sex. We're here to take care of you throughout the vasectomy process.
You should feel well-informed to make the right decision for you and your family
If you decide to book a procedure, our friendly reception team will help you choose a date
Dr Simon and the team will ensure you are comfortable and well-cared for on your procedure day
Follow up test
3 months after vasectomy get your follow-up test to confirm you are sterile and can have worry-free sex!