Vasectomies are a simple outpatient procedure and are about 99% effective. In fact, out of 1000 women whose partners have had a vasectomy, only 1 or 2 get pregnant (1).  Your preparation for the vasectomy could determine how successful the procedure is. 

If you’ve discussed the procedure with your doctor and partner, and are certain you’ve made an informed decision, here’s how you should prepare for a vasectomy. 

What To Do One Week To The Procedure

  • Let your doctor know about all the medications you’re taking, in case you have to halt your medication. You are not supposed to take blood thinners before the vasectomy (2).
  • Avoid taking Advil, ibuprofen, or aspirin within 2 weeks of the procedure. They may cause excessive bleeding after the procedure.
  • Inform the urologist of your medical history including any scrotal surgery you may have had in the past. 
  • Sign a consent form giving your doctor the authority to perform the procedure.
  • You could get mild anti-anxiety medication but ensure you talk to your urologist about it. 

Use this time to look up more information on the vasectomy and what you should expect during the procedure. This could help ease your fears. 

What To Do On The Day Of The Procedure

  • Arrange for a friend or relative to drive you home after the vasectomy. Driving yourself could cause injury to the sore area.
  • Follow all instructions given by your doctor regarding having food before the surgery.
  • Shower and wash your scrotal area before the surgery. You may also be asked to shave the hair on your scrotum and under the penis.
  • Wear comfortable underwear or jockstraps on the day of the procedure. 
  • Take off all piercings and jewelry before the procedure.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes that are easy to get in and out of.

Before the doctor begins the surgery, make sure you address any fears you may have. 

Dos and Don’ts of Preparing for a Vasectomy

  1. Do follow a high antioxidant diet before the vasectomy
  2. Don’t take alcohol at least 48 hrs before the procedure.
  3. Do discuss with your doctor all your unanswered questions and worries
  4. Don’t apply deodorant of perfumed lotion on your scrotal area
  5. Do get all the facts right before having the vasectomy. 
  6. Don’t use an electric razor to shave your scrotum as you may cut yourself. 

Tips for Male Vasectomy Preparation

Vasectomies are simple outpatient procedures that don’t require you to spend a lot of time at the clinic. During the vasectomy, your doctor will use a local anesthetic to prevent pain during surgery.  

Make sure you follow all pre-surgery preparation tips to reduce the chances of post-vasectomy complications. 

Links to sources used

  1. SAHCD Malawi preservice ref cover 22D-3 – https://www.intrahealth.org/sites/ihweb/files/files/media/preservice-education-family-planning-reference-guide/MPsFPRG_unit9.pdf 
  2. Having a Vasectomy: Before, During, and After the Procedure – https://myhealth.ucsd.edu/Spanish/RelatedItems/3,89319