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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How long does it take to recover after vasectomy?

    How long will it be before I can have sexual intercourse with my wife again? When will the bruising/pain subside?
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  • Dr Richard Beatty

    GP (General Practitioner)

    Brisbane GP With Special interest in Complex Medical, Men's health, antenatal, paediatrics. Skin Cancer Clinic Designated Aviation Medical Examiner Specific interests in Vasectomy, Dermatology & ... View Profile

    Hi

    No Scalpel Vasectomy involves a single 2-3mm incision in the centre of the scrotum and no sutures.

    No Scalpel Vasectomy, also known as minimally invasive vasectomy, is regarded as the best method of vasectomy according to the 2012 US National Vasectomy Guidelines.

    Following this type of vasectomy, you will be a bit bruised for a few days but able to get back to work for an office job the monday after (eg. vasectomy on a friday).

    For physical work, it's best to take a few days off work - it depends on how much physical work you do. Heavy lifting >20kg is not recommended.

    The greater the physical activity afterwards, the greater the risk of a haematoma (bleed).

    The majority of guys have no problems, however, so this needs to be put into perspective.

    Sexual intercourse can occur after a couple of days if you are comfortable.

  • Dr Simon Wilson

    GP (General Practitioner)

    procedural general practitioner in northern outer melbourne who provides a direct access vasectomy service. Providing a vasectomy service to men in Preston, Reservoir, Bundoora, Epping, ... View Profile

    I agree with Dr Beatty as above, back to work in the office the next day with firm supportive jocks, or even two pairs. If you are in an out of a truck cab or climbing gutters and scaffolding, three days off reduces the risk of bleeding and this reduces the risk of pain and infection. 

    I have had one chap have sex that day to check every thing still works! most blokes will be ready for sex after 5-7days and after all that is what vasectomy is for - to improve sex with more worry free, easier sex.

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