How soon can I have sex after a vasectomy?

Men have a vasectomy in order to not have to worry about conception when they are making love. A vasectomy is one of the few ways men can have control over their reproductive capacity. It’s also one of the most reliable ways to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.You may have questions before or right after having a vasectomy. Here are some answers to the most frequent questions.

What is a Vasectomy?

Considered a minor surgery, a vasectomy is when the vas deferens is cut and the two ends are seal and tied together. Depending on factors that your urologist can discuss with you, you will either have a conventional vasectomy or a “no-scalpel” vasectomy.

During a conventional vasectomy, the surgeon will make one or two small incisions in the skin of the scrotum to access the vas deferens. The surgeon may remove a small piece of the vas deferens before searing the ends and tying them off with a suture. The procedure is repeated on both sides. The small cuts in the scrotum may be closed with dissolvable stitches or simply left to close on their own.

For a no-scalpel vasectomy, your urologist will locate the vas deferens by feeling for it under the skin of your scrotum and place a small clamp on the vas. A minute hole is made in the skin, which is stretched open so the vas deferens can be lifted out to cut, and then the ends are tied or seared, and replaced.

What will sex be like?

A vasectomy is a fairly simple procedure without long-term effects on sexual activity. Your surgeon may recommend abstaining from sex for a short time afterward. This is to allow the incisions and sutures time to heal.

Normally the recommendation is to wait for any pain or swelling to resolve before having sex. The reason you should wait to have sex is because if it is too soon, you could reopen the site of the incisions and infection-causing bacteria might enter the incision.

Most men can resume sexual activity within a week or two. During the time shortly after your vasectomy you should use an alternative form of birth control because it takes a little while before all the sperm is cleared from your ejaculate. Your doctor will test your semen sometime after surgery, usually around six to twelve weeks.

Having a vasectomy rarely changes anything about ejaculation or orgasm. There are a few cases of post-vasectomy pain syndrome. But most patients have only the following post-surgical inconveniences which generally go away on their own:

  • mild to moderate pain or discomfort
  • bruising or soreness of the scrotum
  • blood clots in the scrotum
  • swelling in your genital area or scrotum
  • blood in the semen

Having the peace of mind that a vasectomy delivers sometimes can enhance sex life, with better arousal and erections. About three months after your surgery, you can have unprotected sex without fear a possible pregnancy. However, it is always wise to use protection with a new partner.
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