Vasectomy Precautions

Vasectomy Precautions

Vasectomy is by and large the most popular procedure for permanent birth control. Started in the late 1800s, it is a universally accepted surgical procedure, and is mostly done on middle-aged men who are sure that they do not want to have children in the future. If a man is going to have a vasectomy done, then some basic precautions should be taken before the procedure. A few of them are listed below:

Precautions Before Vasectomy

  • Keep the pubic area sterile and clean by washing it with antiseptic soap for a few days before the surgery.

  • Avoid taking analgesics like aspirin for about 2 weeks before the procedure.

  • Any history of bleeding disorders should be flagged up.

  • Resistance or allergies to certain drugs should be noted.

  • The presence of any skin disease should be noted and suitable remedies should be administered.

  • A complete medical history of the patient should be taken with special emphasis on any record of urinary tract infection or injury to the male genital organs.

  • Have an attendant with you who can drive you home after the procedure.

Precautions After Vasectomy

After the operations, these few basic measures should enable an effective recovery:

  • There is likely to be some swelling or bruising after the operation. Take medication as prescribed by the doctor to alleviate the pain.

  • Use ice packs regularly for a couple of days after the surgery if required.

  • The dressing should be changed when soiled or stained. A slight amount of fluid oozing out of the incision can be expected.

  • Bathing can be resumed from the next day, but use caution while drying. Use a patting action rather than rubbing to dry the groin area.

 Recovery from Vasectomy

  • Recovery from vasectomy usually takes a couple of days to a week to a maximum of 10 days in a few cases.

  • The pain and swelling should subside within a couple of days. If this persists to over a week, then it should be brought to the attention of the doctor.

  • Unless exceptionally strenuous, daily activities can be resumed the day after the operation.

  • The patient may resume normal sexual activity a couple of days after the procedure. However, alternative contraceptive methods should be continued for a couple of months later.

After 2 months, a sperm count should be taken. Even if there are no sperms detected, it is advisable to have a second sperm count done after another month in order to be declared completely sterile.