What to Expect When You’re Expecting . . . A Vasectomy

Oct. 30, 2018

Things to know before you go

What’s the best and most reliable form of birth control that has virtually zero effect on your sexual experience? That’s right! It’s a vasectomy. Family planning is in your hands, fellows, and all it takes is a fast, safe, and easy procedure that has been around for decades.

There’s an abundance of reasons for men to get vasectomies, but those are a given. In this blog, we’ll give you a glimpse of what to expect when you decide to take the plunge.

Weeks before the procedure, discontinue use of blood thinning pain relievers. Ask your doctor to make sure you know which ones are safe.

On the day of the procedure, bring a jockstrap or tight underwear, and make sure you’ve washed your genitals. Your doctor may suggest you bring someone to drive you home after surgery.

Right before your vasectomy, you may wish to take an oral medicine to reduce anxiety and induce sleepiness.

During a vasectomy, your urologist will seal off the vas deferens in each testicle, causing sperm to be reabsorbed by the body instead of being released with semen.

After your vasectomy, take it easy! Expect some pain and swelling. Use ice packs, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, and don’t do a lot of physical activity.

After you’ve recovered, continue to use birth control! It may take up to three months before your sperm is cleared and you are no longer able to impregnate a woman.

Vasectomies are common, safe, and very effective. If you no longer wish to have children, this procedure is your best bet for enjoying yourself with your partner without the risk of pregnancy.

Learn more about vasectomies, or make an appointment today!


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