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:
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.
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 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.