A vasectomy is a permanent form of birth control if you know you definitely don’t want any more children. Sometimes called male sterilization, it is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
But if you are thinking about having a vasectomy or have had it, you may be wondering, ‘How soon can you have sex after a vasectomy?’
To know the answer and what is a vasectomy and how it can affect your sex life, read on.
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What is a vasectomy
A vasectomy is a common operation that prevents sperm from leaving your body, so you cannot get someone pregnant.
This involves cutting or sealing the tubes that carry semen from your testicles to your penis.
You will still ejaculate and ejaculate but when ejaculation occurs, the fluid that comes out will contain no semen – so it cannot fertilize an egg and cause pregnancy.
Vasectomy doesn’t take long – it takes about 15 minutes and is usually done under the influence of a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain.
A vasectomy is very difficult to replace, so you should only have it done if you are absolutely certain that you do not want another child.
How long after a vasectomy can you have sex?
It is common to feel uncomfortable for a few days after a vasectomy, your scrotum may be swollen or scratchy. Simple painkillers can help and the pain should go away in a few days.
How soon you can have sex or activities that take a lot of energy is recommended in different countries, so talk to your doctor about improvement after the operation.
It is sometimes advised that you wait 3 to 7 days to have sex after a vasectomy. It’s a good idea to see how you feel – you may want to do it when you feel comfortable having sex.
To avoid complications, you should avoid activities that involve high capacity, such as sports or heavy lifting – sometimes it is recommended that you do this for at least 7 days afterward.
Will a vasectomy affect my sex drive?
Having a vasectomy won’t affect your sex drive because it doesn’t stop you from making the male hormone testosterone, which increases your desire for sex.
Rather, it can improve your sex life. Because it’s a permanent method of birth control, you or your partner won’t have to worry about pregnancy, so it can help you get comfortable and enjoy the moments during sex to the fullest.
Will a vasectomy affect my erection or orgasm?
Your ability to ejaculate, ejaculate and orgasm in your penis will not be affected by a vasectomy. The only difference will be that your semen will not contain semen.
Your body will still make semen but it will be absorbed back into your body – which is not harmful and your semen will neither look nor feel different.
Should I use a condom after a vasectomy?
It’s important to know that a vasectomy doesn’t prevent sexually transmitted infections, so you still need to wear a condom to protect against STIs.
You will still need to use birth control contraception for 8 to 12 weeks after having a vasectomy.
This is because the new sperm will not be able to leave your testicles, yet there may be some sperm in the tubes leading to your penis. How long it takes to clear this varies, but it can take up to 20 ejaculations (20 ejaculations).
After about 12 weeks, you will be advised to have your semen tested to check the semen. If it is spermless, it means the vasectomy has worked and you can stop using birth control.
When should I see a doctor?
Vasectomy usually doesn’t cause any problems but it is possible to get an infection, which may need to be treated with antibiotics. You should call your doctor if:
- You have a lot of pain and swelling in the area of your scrotum
- you have a fever
- blood or pus coming from a cut in the skin of your scrotum
- A vasectomy is a common operation that prevents semen from getting into your semen. So you can’t get someone pregnant but you can have sex and ejaculate normally.
- After a vasectomy, you will probably have discomfort and swelling for a few days.
- You may want to wait a week before having sex but you can do it as soon as you feel comfortable.
- A vasectomy doesn’t protect you from STIs, so you may still need a condom.
- You will need to use another form of contraception until about 12 weeks after the vasectomy and your semen test shows that all the sperm are gone.