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Vasectomy day 3: Recovering from a Vasectomy: What to Expect After You Get Snipped

Recovering from a Vasectomy: What to Expect After You Get Snipped

For some, it’s as simple as a bag of frozen peas and a comfy chair. A urologist explains what else you should know about the post-vasectomy healing process.

by Featured Provider Steven Rosenberg on Wednesday, February 26, 2020

For most men, the idea of a vasectomy brings anxiety. They’ve spent years protecting their private parts, so the thought of going under the knife down there makes them nervous.

The surgery itself is quick. Once you overcome the nerves surrounding the procedure, you’ll find that the recovery time is too.

The average recovery time for vasectomy is less than a week.

“Most people who do it one day can work the next day,” says Steven Rosenberg, MD, a urologist at The Iowa Clinic Men’s Center in West Des Moines. “Fridays are a popular day, with the idea that you’ll take it easy over the weekend and be ready to get back to work by Monday. It’s probably a week on average before you’re back to full activities.”

That’s a quick timeline. But vasectomy is still surgery. You have to give yourself time to heal to get all the way back to the way you were before.

“You’re doing most things really very quickly. But it could be as long as six weeks until you look down there and can’t tell that you’ve had anything done,” Dr. Rosenberg says.

If you follow your urologist’s orders, you’ll return to full activity — sexual and otherwise — in no time.

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Initial appointment (examination, consultation) with a urologist

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