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A vasectomy is surgery that makes a man unable to father a child. Your doctor cut and tied or sealed the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis (the vas deferens). You may have some pain in your groin for 1 week after the surgery. Your scrotum may be bruised and swollen. This will go away in 1 to 2 weeks.
You will probably be able to return to work or your normal routine on the day after surgery. How long it takes depends on your job. If your job involves physical labour or lifting, it may take 2 or 3 days before you can go back to work.
You may need to wear snug underwear or compression shorts for 2 or 3 days after the surgery or as your doctor instructs you.
You will need to use a reliable form of birth control until the doctor is sure that you are not releasing sperm in your semen. This is usually checked 6 to 8 weeks after the vasectomy.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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