Patient Information

Preparing for Your Vasectomy

  1. Shave all the hair from the front of your scrotum on both sides on the day of your vasectomy. Use a disposable razor with multiple blades and be careful!
  2. After shaving the area, shower with soap and water to remove all the loose hair.
  3. Wear supportive underwear (not boxer shorts).
  4. Arrange for someone to drive you home.
Preparing for Your Vasectomy - GippSnip

After your Vasectomy

Following your vasectomy it is important that you remain off your feet as much as possible for 24 to 48 hours.

The anaesthetic will wear off approximately 1 to 3 hours after surgery. Ice packs applied to the groin and simple analgesics like paracetamol or ibuprofen can help with any discomfort.

You may shower at your leisure from the day after your procedure. Sexual activity may be resumed after 3 to 4 days using another form of contraception as at this time you are not yet sterile (we keep mentioning this as it is a really important point).

Over the next two weeks you should only participate in light activities, i.e. no heavy lifting (more then 20kg) or prolonged driving (more then 2 hours), and avoid swimming. You should avoid contact sport for four weeks. These recommendations are important in order to minimize the chance of complications (bleeding, pain or infection etc.). A medical certificate can be provided if required.

Your doctor will ask you to perform a semen analysis three months after your procedure to check that you are infertile. We will ring you with the result.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you taking new patients?

Yes! Seeing how we don't really want repeat business from individual patients, we love to see new people at Gippsnip! Our home clinic (Gladstone Street Medical Clinic) is currently not accepting new general practice patients...that is a completely different situation.

How long does the procedure take?

A vasectomy generally takes about 20-30 minutes. However, expect to be at the clinic for around 90 minutes for both the initial consultation and the procedure.

Do I need a referral?

No referral needed. We are happy to receive referrals from your healthcare provider and can make contact to arrange an appointment.

Why do I need someone to drive me home from the procedure?

You will be given a mild sedative before your procedure. It is advised to not drive immediately afterward because of this.

Can I play sport or workout over the weekend?

Please take at least the weekend off to ensure the least amount of discomfort and the best possible recovery.

Can I go to work on Monday?

Most men can return to work the following week after a vasectomy if they follow the post procedure instructions. 

I am taking medication, will this be a problem?

We want to make sure your vasectomy is as safe as possible. Some medication (e.g., blood thinners) or medical conditions (e.g., diabetes) need careful planning or involvement of a specialist before the procedure can take place. If you are on regular medication or have a serious medical condition it’s best to let us know before the day of the procedure so we can discuss this with you.

I have had previous surgery on my scrotum, will this cause any issues?

Most of the time this is not an issue but sometimes it can make the procedure a bit more difficult. Your doctor will assess the area in the initial consultation to determine whether the scalpel free technique is for you.

When can I have sex again?

Usually after 3-4 days if you are feeling comfortable – with another form of contraception!

Do I need to fast before the procedure?

No. You can eat and drink as normal before the procedure.

Will there be any issues with passing urine?

No. There is no reason to expect any issues passing urine after a vasectomy.

Do I really have to do a semen analysis?

Yes, yes you do to ensure the procedure has worked. There can be sperm in the semen for many months. You must continue to use alternative contraception until you have at least one semen analysis showing no more live sperm.

Why do I have to pay a deposit?

To secure a spot and ensure your commitment. If circumstances such as illness arise, we are happy to reschedule a procedure. It is not easy to fill a vasectomy procedure appointment at the last minute when cancelled for convenience or cold feet. Deposits will be refunded if the Doctor decides the procedure is not appropriate for you.

I’m really nervous

That’s not a question! It’s very normal to feel nervous before a vasectomy. We get it. You have spent your lifetime protecting this area! Our aim is to provide a safe, pain-free procedure and we strive to help you feel comfortable and confident before and during your vasectomy.