Dr Snip Vasectomy
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How long after a vasectomy can you have sex?

If you’re considering getting the snip, there’s a good chance it’s a decision you’ve arrived at with your partner, like a growing number of Aussie men. For coupled-up patients, getting a vasectomy really is taking one for the team. We think of it as a fleeting inconvenience for a lifetime’s peace of mind in the bedroom.

If this sounds like you, you’re probably eager to know when you can get back to doing the deed with your partner – and especially when you can get it on without having to worry about using any other forms of contraception!

How does a no-scalpel vasectomy work?

In the short term after your vasectomy, you might be OK after a few days or require some more recovery time. 

What does vasectomy recovery look like?

Everybody is different, so we can’t tell you with certainty just how recovery will go for you. Having said that, the Dr Snip no-scalpel technique is the least invasive type of vasectomy out there, which means extremely low chances of complications or pain down the line.

For some patients, a couple of days on the couch will do the trick, while others report very little post-procedure discomfort at all. Others, again, report feeling a little ‘off’ for up to a week – but this tends to be low-level discomfort that’s easy to manage from home.

You’re in charge

All of this is to say, it’s entirely up to you how long you wait before having sex after the snip. In fact, your whole recovery is self-directed. Different patients have different responses to vasectomies, so who better to assess what you’re up to doing than you?

The Dr Snip team is of course here to support you and answer any questions you might have post-snip, but in general, recovery is straightforward and seamless. The key is rest.

Man Smiling After Vasectomy

When in doubt, wait it out

Our no-scalpel vasectomy is a relatively minor procedure in the scheme of things, but if you’re still feeling off a couple of days after the snip, we suggest waiting until you’re feeling better before you jump back into bed with your special someone.

Listen to your body – if the mood strikes and you’re feeling ready to go, by all means, don’t let us stop you! On the flip side, there’s no harm in waiting it out until you’re back to feeling 100%.

How long until the snip is effective?

Picture this: you’ve got the snip and you’re feeling fine. Five days have passed and your partner is playing Marvin Gaye and giving you bedroom eyes over a glass of red.

Romantic, right? Not so fast – nothing kills the mood quite like a gatecrasher, and there’s more than a good chance your fertile sperm will still be in attendance!

So how long post-vasectomy until it’s fully effective? Naturally, this will vary from person to person, but patients generally become sterile 8–12 weeks after their vasectomy. The Dr Snip team will provide you with a pathology request form to get a check at the 12-week mark to confirm you are, in fact, sterile – and then you can get down to business with total peace of mind that sex will not result in pregnancy!

Couple smiling in bed after sex vasectomy

Does the snip affect sexual performance?

In the long term, a vasectomy has absolutely no impact on your sex drive or function. You will still have erections and ejaculate as normal – only difference is that your semen will no longer contain sperm (the vital baby-making ingredient!).

A vasectomy does not interfere with your testosterone levels whatsoever, as this hormone is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. In even better news, many Dr Snip patients report their sex lives actually improve after their vasectomy! The removed risk of pregnancy means less anxiety and more fun in the bedroom.

Ready to book your consultation?

If you’re ready to take the next step, the Dr Snip team of experts is here to guide you through the process, so it’s as swift and seamless as possible.
Simply call our rooms on 1300 377 647 (1300 DR SNIP), request an online callback now.

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