What can I expect after my vasectomy?
Knowing what to expect after a vasectomy can help you get back to your everyday life as soon as possible.
How will I feel after the vasectomy?
Your scrotum will probably feel sore and swollen for a few hours to a few days after a vasectomy. Wearing snug-fitting underwear, icing your scrotum, and taking mild pain medication will help. Your doctor will likely recommend that you rest for the remainder of the day. Men can generally return to non-strenuous work the next day and all their normal activities within a week.
You may resume sexual activity about a week after a vasectomy, but you may still have sperm in your ejaculate for up to three months. It’s important to use another effective form of birth control during this time.
Your doctor will ask you to provide a semen sample a few weeks to a few months after your vasectomy to test for the presence of sperm. Your vasectomy is considered successful and complete when your sample shows that no sperm are present.
When can I go home?
In most cases, you will go home immediately after the vasectomy is complete.
When should I call my doctor?
It is important to keep your follow-up appointments after a vasectomy. Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical care if you have:
A new lump near your testicles
Bleeding from your incision that will not stop
Rapidly enlarging scrotum
Significant discomfort in your scrotum
Swelling that keeps getting worse
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