After your vasectomy

Immediately following your procedure

You should plan to take it easy for two days. You may want to apply ice for 48 hours (30 minutes on, then 30 minutes off). The day after your procedure, you may shower and remove the dressing (if it is still attached). However, you should not take a tub bath, swim or go in a Jacuzzi, sauna, or steam room for two weeks. For the week following your procedure, please avoid strenuous work-outs and lifting  anything heavier than 10 pounds. You should also wear  tight, supportive briefs that week. Avoid ejaculating and taking NSAIDS for 5 days following your vasectomy. The sutures are absorbable and will not require removal.

Important – you will still have sperm in your body immediately after your vasectomy!

Your vasectomy is not considered effective until we have confirmed there are no sperm present in your semen. Do not have unprotected sex until we have told you it is safe to do so. It typically takes 6 to 8 weeks for a vasectomy to become effective, but the actual length of time is dependent on the patient. You must continue to use another method of birth control until we have informed you that your vasectomy is effective.

Six to eight  weeks after your procedure

You will need a semen analysis. You can drop off your sample to our office within 4 hours of production, between the hours of 7:00 and 3:30 PM or go to the facility of your choice; however, you will need to call to make an appointment. For your convenience, we will give you an order for semen analysis and specimen cups at the time of your vasectomy. We will contact you when we have the results of these analyses; please call the office if you do not hear from us within 1 week after your sample is submitted.

Please note that pathology and lab procedures are not completed by our office, and you may receive a separate bill from the facility that performs the testing.