If you plan on getting a vasectomy, it’s completely normal to have questions before the big day. Don’t be embarrassed to ask your doctor about the procedure so you can properly prepare. There’s a lot of important information that you should know in the days leading up to and following your vasectomy.
Some common questions to ask your doctor include:
- Are there any medications that I should avoid before the procedure?
- What happens during the procedure?
- How should I prepare for the procedure?
- What are the risks and side effects of a vasectomy?
- When will it be ok to have sex again?
- When can I start having unprotected sex?
- How long will it take to heal?
- How will I know that it was successful?
- Can a vasectomy be reversed & do reversals always work?
Your doctor will be able to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. Vasectomies are safe and effective, but you should be completely sure that you don’t want to father any children in the future before you schedule an appointment for one.
How Do I Prepare For a Vasectomy?
There are a few things that you should do to prepare for your appointment. Your doctor will be able to provide more information, but in general, you should:
- Avoid aspirin-containing medications, ibuprofen, naproxen and other blood thinners for the week leading up to your procedure. Let your doctor know all of the medications that you are currently taking.
- Arrange for someone to give you a ride home after surgery.
- Bring a jockstrap or close-fitting underwear to wear home.
- Plan to relax for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
- Shave your pubic hair before your vasectomy.
- Take a shower before your appointment to avoid infection.
- Feel free to bring your phone and headphones with you.
Your vasectomy should take around 30 minutes to complete, and only one or two small incisions are necessary. You shouldn’t experience intense pain during or after the procedure, but you may experience some mild discomfort, swelling and bruising for a few days. Make sure you have over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs waiting at home, and plan to avoid hard physical activity for at least a week after the procedure.
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