How do I prepare for my vasectomy?
If you dread the thought of undergoing a vasectomy, you are not alone. A vasectomy is generally a safe procedure for the majority of men who have it. Because a vasectomy can cause some anxiety and uncertainty, you may want someone to accompany you to the procedure.
Your doctor may ask you to clean and shave your scrotum before your procedure.
Questions to ask your doctor
Preparing for any medical procedure can be stressful. It is common for patients to forget some of their questions during a doctor’s office visit. You may also think of other questions after your appointment. Contact your doctor with any questions and concerns before the procedure and between appointments.
It is also a good idea to bring a list of questions to your appointment. Common questions include:
Why do I need a vasectomy? Are there any other options for preventing pregnancy?
How long will the procedure take? When can I go home?
When and how will I know that the vasectomy has been successful? When will I be sterile?
What kind of restrictions will I have after the surgery? When can I return to work and other activities?
When can I return to sexual activity?
What kind of assistance will I need at home?
What medications will I need before and after the surgery?
How will you manage my pain?
When should follow up with you?
How should I contact you? Ask for numbers to call during and after regular office hours.
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- Vasectomy: What to Expect. American Academy of Family Physicians. http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/men/reproductive/195.html