The vasectomy is a common and effective method of permanent birth control for men. While the procedure is relatively simple and safe, it still requires preparation and recovery time. As the partner of someone who is getting a vasectomy or thinking of undergoing the procedure, you can play an important role in their recovery process. Here are some tips from Dr Snip to you, to help your partner through their vasectomy.
Preparing for the Procedure
Before the procedure, it’s important to prep. Dr Snip provides detailed preoperative instructions to get ready for the surgery. Following these instructions carefully can make the procedure smoother and reduce the risk of complications.
Start with these 3 steps:
- Shave the scrotum: Having a partner assist in shaving the area around the scrotum can make it easier for the surgeon to access the vas deferens. This can be done at home, to make it easier you can trim first with hair clippers (always use a No.1 or 2 guard to prevent catching the skin). We suggest that you don’t use depilatory creams such as Veet and Nair as these can cause chemical burns. Waxing works well too but can be painful if you’re new to it.
- Avoid blood-thinners: Your partner should avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or other blood-thinning medications for at least a week before the procedure.
- Arrange transportation: Your partner should be able to drive themselves, however they may feel the need for extra support, having transportation organised can be a big stress reliever.
- Emotional support, overall this procedure is simple and has a very short recovery period. However, emotional support, communication and care can go a long way in the mental prep and physical recovery.
Recovering from the Procedure
After the procedure, your partner will need to rest and take it easy for a few days. Dr Snip recommends taking at least two days off work and avoiding any strenuous physical activity for a week or so. However, some patients are fine to go back to work the next day when their jobs don’t involve physical labor. These time frames can be very personal. Encourage them to listen to their bodies and learn as much as they need about what to expect.
Things to think about during recover:
- Wear supportive underwear: Your partner may need to wear supportive underwear to reduce swelling and discomfort. Dr Snip will provide specific instructions on the type of underwear to wear and for how long to wear it.
- Apply ice: Applying ice to the area can help reduce swelling and discomfort. Your partner should apply ice for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day, for the first few days after the procedure.
- Take pain medication: Your partner may be prescribed pain medication to take after the procedure. Make sure they take it as directed, and if the pain is severe or doesn’t improve, contact the clinic.
- Keep the area clean and dry: It’s important to keep the area around the surgical site clean and dry. Your partner should avoid soaking in a bath, swimming, or using a hot tub for at least a week after the procedure.
Sex after Vasectomy
So, a big one we all want to know about – sex after vasectomy! This is another important consideration. While a vasectomy is effective in preventing pregnancy, it does not provide immediate protection. It’s important to use another form of contraception until the semen analysis shows that there is no sperm left in the ejaculate, this can take up to 12 weeks.
When considering sex after your vasectomy keep in mind:
- Wait until your partner is fully healed: It’s important to wait until your partner feels fully healed before engaging in sexual activity. Dr Snip recommends waiting at least a week before resuming sexual activity. However, some men report feeling up to it sooner and this is up to them.
- Use another form of contraception: Until the semen analysis shows that there is no sperm left in the ejaculate, it’s important to use another form of contraception. Your partner can still ejaculate after a vasectomy, but the semen will not contain sperm.
- Check with the clinic:, Every case is unique, Dr Snip goes by – if it hurts stop!
Overall proper care and attention during the preparation and recovery process can help your partner have a smooth and successful vasectomy procedure. As the partner of someone getting a vasectomy, your support can make a big difference in their recovery process. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact the clinic for guidance and support.