If you are considering having a vasectomy, you need to know how to have sex after a vasectomy procedure. This is a surgery to sever the vas deferens, the tube that carries sperm from the scrotum and out through the urethra. Vasectomy is a permanent form of birth control. The good news is that if you care for yourself properly after the surgery, you will be able to have normal sex. Vasectomy does not cause impotence, does not affect sexual function, and does not affect the ability to orgasm or ejaculate. However, in order to maintain sexual function after your vasectomy, it is critical that you follow your doctor's aftercare instructions. Follow these steps to continue to have satisfying sex after your vasectomy:
- Vasectomy is an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia. You should be able to return to work within two to three days, and resume normal activity within three to seven days. Your scrotum will be swollen and bruised for about a week after the vasectomy, but you can return to sexual intercourse as soon as you feel ready.
- You should wear a scrotal support, or athletic cup, for three to four days after the procedure. An ice pack can help reduce swelling. You can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the pain as directed by your doctor.
- After a vasectomy, your sperm count decreases gradually. This means that you should continue using birth control such as a condom during sex after your vasectomy, until your doctor says that sperm is no longer present in your semen. This usually takes about three months.