Before and After Advice
Below is a list of general advice and some answers to common questions. We will give you a sheet of instructions for afterwards along with Dr. Mc Cormick’s mobile number.
Instructions Before Your Vasectomy
- Shave all around the penis, underneath it and straight down the front wall of the scrotum, ideally about 2 or 3 days before your vasectomy. We use alcohol to clean the area so if it’s a fresh shave this may cause skin irritation, so it’s better if you do it a few days in advance. Use a razor rather than a hair trimmer as the trimmer will catch and tear the skin and don’t use hair removal cream.
- Do not use any powder or deoderant in the genital area on the day of the vasectomy.
- Their is no need to fast. It is important to have a normal breakfast or lunch before arriving your vasectomy.
- Do not take aspirin medications, soluble disprin or fish oils for five days before the procedure. These will make you bleed or bruise easier.
- Do not take any anti-inflammatories such as nurofen or difene for 48 hours beforehand as these will also make you bleed/bruise easier. You may use them afterwards though.
- Wear whatever you’re comfortable wearing. We will give you a jockstrap to wear for afterwards so don’t worry about speedos or tight underwear.
- Please be on time and arrive a few minutes early. If you’re late you will delay those who have appointments after you, and nobody likes waiting to have a vasectomy!!
Instructions following your Vasectomy
- Spend a quiet evening at home relaxing, with as little activity as possible.
- You may take paracetamol and/or ibuprofen. Most patients say 1 or 2 doses of nurofen (ibuprofen) are sufficient. Do not take aspirin or dispirin as these will make you bleed or bruise.
- On the day after the vasectomy – no sports, swimming, heavy lifting or strenuous activity. You may walk as much as you like.
- You may take a shower the morning after the vasectomy.
- Wear the scrotal support for 48 hours after the procedure, and for one week after during sports or very physical work. If it feels more comfortable when wearing it then you can wear it for longer if you wish.
- You may return to work (if it is light activities) the day after your vasectomy, some people return to office work the day of the vasectomy. Two days after the procedure you may return to physical work but wear your scrotal support. We advise waiting until day three for high intensity sports.
- It is normal to have discolouration/bruising of the skin around the vasectomy site. Ignore it, it will go away.
- You may have intercourse two days after the procedure. Occasionally blood may be present in your semen for the first few ejaculations, this is nothing to worry about.
- Use other forms of contraception until you are told that your semen is sperm-free and your vasectomy is effective.
- Approximately 1 in 20 men will develop swelling and discomfort on one or both sides, starting from 3 days to 3 months following a vasectomy. This is normally an exaggerated form of the normal inflammatory response necessary for sperm absorption and recycling. It is best managed with a 5-7 day course of ibuprofen 400mg 3 time per day.
- No follow-up is normally necessary, but if necessary please call me. You will be given my mobile number prior to leaving the clinic.