Recovery from Vasectomy


A complete recovery from vasectomy takes one to two weeks

What can you expect after your vasectomy? After your surgery, we generally recommend that you have someone available to drive you home. You’ll be aware that your scrotum feels numb for one or two hours following your vasectomy.

Recovery from vasectomy the day of surgery

Our Austin urologists have the following recommendation for your recovery from vasectomy:

  • Apply cold packs to the surgical area. We often advise patients to try a bag of frozen peas.
  • Take acetaminophen (no aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen for two weeks after surgery, please) for pain.
  • Try to lie down on your back the day of surgery, and rest as much as possible.
  • A jock strap or snug underwear provide support after surgery and may alleviate your discomfort.

Recovery from vasectomy in the days following the surgery

  • Continue to rest and confine yourself to light activities until you feel better.
  • Do not attempt any heavy lifting during the week following surgery.
  • Depending on how you feel, you may return to work one or two days after your vasectomy, but be aware that returning before you feel able may hamper your recovery from vasectomy. If you are required to do heavy lifting at your job, you may need to wait longer before going back to work.
  • Many men experience some swelling and pain for one or two weeks after the vasectomy. In most cases, the bruises should be gone in one to two weeks.

Sexual activity and recovery from vasectomy

Most men can return to regular sexual activity within a few days.

It is important to remember that you must use an alternate form of birth control since a vasectomy is not effective immediately. We usually tell patients that it can take two to three months, or approximately 20 ejaculations, to completely clear the sperm from the ejaculatory tubes.

During your recovery from vasectomy, continue to use an alternate form of birth control until you come to our Urology Austin office for your two month follow-up appointment and sperm count test. When your sperm count is zero, it’s safe to have sex without birth control.

Keep in mind that a vasectomy doesn’t protect you from STD’s or HIV, so you will still need to use a condom as protection from disease.

During your recovery from vasectomy, you may notice some very mild aching in your testicles when you’re sexually aroused, but the surgery will not affect: your ability to become aroused, your sex drive, your orgasms or your erections. You will still ejaculate, although the volume may be reduced.

When to Call Your Doctor during Recovery from Vasectomy

While most men will experience some pain, bruising and swelling during their recovery from vasectomy, our Urology Austin physicians want patients to call if they notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Severe pain
  • Redness or extreme tenderness at the incision or puncture site
  • Significant increase in the size of your scrotum
  • A lump in the scrotum
  • Bleeding at the incision or puncture site that you cannot stop, even after applying pressure for 10 to 15 minutes.

A vasectomy is a very effective form of permanent birth control for men, and recovery from vasectomy is relatively quick and usually involves only mild pain and discomfort. For more information about vasectomy, the vasectomy procedure, as well as recovery from vasectomy, contact us. Our Austin urologists are available to help you at our Austin, Round Rock and Cedar Park locations.