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Vasectomy: Why, how and recovery…

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When Considering Vasectomy…

Vasectomy is a surgical procedure in which a man is sterilized. While it is a relatively simple procedure, men considering it should make sure that the option is right for them.

According to Planned Parenthood, vasectomy may not be the best birth control option if you:

  • Think you may want to have biological children at some point in the future.
  • Are being pressured into having the procedure by a partner, friend or family member.
  • Are currently having marital, emotional, sexual, financial or mental health problems.
  • You and your partner have not fully discussed or agreed on the procedure.
  • Are relying on frozen sperm in case you decide to have children. Frozen sperm do not always retain the ability to fertilize a woman’s egg.

What happens?

Watch the youtube below to see what happens during a vasectomy.

 

Recovering After Vasectomy

Don’t overdo it for a few days

If you’re scheduled for a vasectomy, you can expect some soreness for a few days after the procedure.

Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut offers these postoperative care tips:

  • Apply ice packs, covered with a towel, on and off during the first eight hours.
  • Rest in bed for at least one day and at home for a couple of days.
  • You can shower the day after the procedure.
  • Check with your doctor about wearing an athletic supporter.
  • Keep the area clean and dry, and cover the incision with clean gauze for three days.
  • A small amount of blood on the gauze pads is normal.

Call your doctor if you experience:

  • Excessive bleeding or if you have to change gauze pads more than three times a day.
  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills.
  • Difficulty urinating.

Last Updated: Sept. 06, 2005

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