A vasectomy generally involves blocking out the vas deferens, which are the tubes through which sperm travels during ejaculation. After getting the procedure done, your partner cannot get pregnant from your sperm. This is because the sperm never makes it out of the testicles (1).

Vasectomy is regarded as one of the most effective birth control procedures with a very high success rate. It is advised that you refrain from sexual activity for a short while after getting a vasectomy. However, there are hardly any long-term complications regarding sexual function. Here is what to expect from sex after a vasectomy.

How Long Should You Wait to Have Sex?

Getting a vasectomy procedure means that you shall have two incision wounds that will need healing or even stitches that will be present in the scrotum. It is recommended that you need to be patient until you feel no pain around the area with incisions. It would be best if you also waited until you aren’t experiencing any swellings (2)

Usually, this takes about a week after getting a vasectomy. Sex before the wounds would mean that the incisions could get infected after reopening with bacteria entering the affected area. Condoms do not protect you from opening these incisions either since the incisions will be a bit far up than the condom can reach to have any protection.

Does It Hurt to Have Sex after Vasectomy? 

It is common that after getting a vasectomy, you could experience complications such as: 

  • Soreness near the scrotal region
  • Slight pain
  • Blood clots around the scrotum
  • Blood in the semen
  • Swelling around the genitals and scrotum 

Such symptoms hang around for a couple of days or a few weeks, depending on the patient. Sexual activity typically involves tremendous impact and movement. For a patient that feels pain or soreness, engaging in sexual encounters may further aggravate these symptoms or even lengthen the healing period. However, immediately these symptoms go away, and the wounds heal. You are now safe to have sex without harming your scrotal region.

Conception Expectations

After getting the vasectomy, sterilization may not happen immediately. Sperm could still be present in the semen for a couple of months. You might need to wait or ejaculate for about 20 times, after which semen will be clear of sperm. Your doctor will then call you in to carry out some tests that seek to analyze the presence of sperm in the semen (3)

This could be about 6 to 12 weeks after getting the procedure. Your doctor should inform you if your semen is sperm free after the exam. Until that happens, you and your partner should keep using other forms of birth control that you may have previously been using. Specific approaches are used to avoid pregnancy during the post-vasectomy recovery period, such as female birth control pills, Depo-Provera, and condoms.  

Sex after vasectomy

Getting a vasectomy doesn’t mean that your sex life should suffer in terms of drive and performance. The procedure doesn’t cause irregularities in ejaculation or erectile dysfunction. After healing, you can always resume sexual activity safely without any problems.

 Links to Sources:

  1. Male Sterilization https://www.hhs.gov/opa/pregnancy-prevention/sterilization/male-sterilization/index.html
  2. Vasectomy https://www.health.harvard.edu/medical-tests-and-procedures/vasectomy-a-to-z
  3. Having a Vasectomy: Before, During, and After the Procedure https://www.veteranshealthlibrary.va.gov/142,89319_VA
  4. Male Sterilization https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/contraception/mmwr/spr/male_sterilization.html