Vasectomy Recovery Guidelines
After your vasectomy, everything you do or do not do can mean the difference between a quick, pain-free recovery and a sore, miserable experience that lasts for days, weeks, or even longer. Here are 6 easy-to-follow suggestions to give you the best probability for a simple recovery.
1. First and foremost, stay off your feet for a couple of days. The delicate tissues will swell up and hurt if you spend time standing for the first days of recovery. This means you cannot go out to dinner someplace in St. Louis, a movie, or any activity where you are standing a lot. It's best if you sit around for several days, taking it easy.
2. Avoid lifting of heavy items or straining for about a week or two. If it is heavier than a gallon of milk, then don’t pick it up. Needless to say, everybody knows you can move that refrigerator or pick up that keg but immediately after a vasectomy is not the time to prove it. And this means if you exercise, no squats, crunches, or leg presses for a couple weeks. Your core and muscles will be just fine without the heavy lifting and exercises.
3. It's always best to ice up down there (20 to 30 minutes on, 10 off) for the first few days after the vasectomy. You can use frozen peas. This will reduce inflammation and swelling, and give you a much more comfortable recovery. And make certain to put the ice outside your underwear, never right against the skin.
4. Wear an athletic supporter or bike compression shorts, outside your underwear, to provide support during the first couple of weeks following the vasectomy. Gravity and movement aren't good for recently traumatized tissues inside your scrotum.
5. Take anti-inflammatory medications like naproxen or ibuprofen, as advised by your physician, for the first few days to decrease swelling, inflammation, and discomfort. Of course, don’t take these if you have had issues with upset stomach or stomach ulcers.
6. No sex (all definitions) for one week to let the area heal. And then, after one week, just with birth control until you are told it is safe to go without. The vasectomy doesn't instantly sterilize you! It only blocks the resupply of fresh sperm into the pipes, so it's going to take 2 months or more to flush out the sperm within your system. This is why you have to check and make sure you are cleared out with a sperm check at 8 weeks. Do not ever assume you are sterile, as sometimes it takes much longer and so you may yet be fertile.
The good news is that for the majority of men, recovery following a vasectomy is relatively easy and painless, particularly when you follow these simple guidelines. If you feel that you may want to get a vasectomy or would like to know more about the procedure, visit Metropolitan Urological Specialists. They help men all over St Louis, Creve Coeur, Florissant, and Kirkwood, MO with these procedures.