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Vasectomy – What to Expect

Your doctor may ask you to stop taking vitamin supplements, aspirin or ibuprofen several days to one week before your vasectomy. Anti-inflammatory medications thin the blood and could cause excessive bleeding. Notify your urologist if you are taking any blood thinners. You may eat a light meal before your procedure.

During The Procedure

  • Your procedure is performed in one of Arizona Urology Specialists’s Summit Ambulatory Surgery Centers (outpatient) using local anesthesia.
  • Your urologist will make a small incision (less than 1 centimeter) in the scrotum or perform a “no-scalpel” vasectomy in which a special instrument makes a small puncture in the scrotum instead of two small incisions.
  • Various techniques are then used to block the passage of sperm through the vas deferens.

After The Vasectomy

  • Most patients can drive home afterward.
  • To minimize discomfort, your doctor may prescribe pain relievers, an ice pack and/or an athletic supporter.
  • Contact your doctor if you experience fever, chills, increasing pain or significant swelling and bruising.
  • Your doctor will give you instructions for resuming work and sexual activity, typically after three to four days. Try to remain off your feet for 24 hours.
  • You must use other forms of birth control until your doctor assures you that your vasectomy is completely effective. This may take several months until all of the sperm left in the upper part of the vas deferens is ejaculated.
  • Vasectomies may be reversible, but you should not assume your procedure can be reversed. Talk to your doctor to learn more.

How Long Until You Can Resume Intercourse?

You may have intercourse in a few days after the procedure when you are feeling better.  However, it is essential that contraception is used until a post-vasectomy semen analysis is obtained to confirm that there is no sperm present in the ejaculate.  Your physician will instruct you on the proper waiting period at the time of your surgery.


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