How safe is a vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a very safe and common procedure. However, as with all medical procedures, you should be aware that there are a small number of possible complications. Even though the possibility of these complications occurring is minor, you will receive detailed information on them prior to your procedure. Any medical procedure carries risks so you should always consult a healthcare professional before deciding to proceed.

When can I play sport again?

Gentle exercise such as swimming can be resumed after the dressing is removed, but physically strenuous sports, particularly contact sports, should be avoided for at least two weeks or until you feel comfortable to do so. You should consult your doctor if you are unsure about a particular physical activity.

Will vasectomy protect me from STIs?

No. Vasectomy cannot protect you against HIV or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Condoms are the best protection against STIs if you are sexually active.

Does vasectomy increase the risk of cancer?

There is no conclusive evidence linking vasectomy to cancer of the prostate or testicles. However we advise all men, whether or not they have had a vasectomy, to have regular health screenings. It is also important to get into the habit of regularly checking your own testicles for lumps.

Will having a vasectomy affect my sex life?

With no change to your hormones, ejaculation or orgasm, there’s no reason why having a vasectomy should have a negative impact on your sex life. In fact, many couples find vasectomy improves their sex life, enjoying greater sexual freedom once they no longer have the worry of an unplanned pregnancy. After your vasectomy you can resume usual sexual activity whenever you feel comfortable.

How will vasectomy affect my body?

Your testicles will continue to produce sperm but, because the sperm can’t get through the tubes any more, they simply get reabsorbed into the body. Vasectomy does not affect your male hormones, nor does it affect ejaculation. The only difference when you ejaculate is that there will be no sperm present in the fluid.

How much time will I need to take off?

Most vasectomy procedures only require about an hour for the appointment, dependent of your doctor, but it’s a good idea to take things easy for a day or two. You might want to take a couple of days off work, especially if your work is very physical. You can drive home after your procedure if you have had a local anesthetic. If you have IV sedation or a general anesthetic you should arrange for someone to collect you as you cannot drive until the next day.

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