We use HotDoc to send pre-vasectomy messages, registration and patient screening forms. Please read these messages and respond as needed. You will not receive a call before your procedure to remind you of requirements for shaving, rest, transport, etc. If you have specific questions not answered on our website, please feel free to call us.
Preparing for Your Vasectomy
- Shave all the hair from the front of your scrotum on both sides on the day of your vasectomy. We suggest that you use a disposable razor with multiple blades and be careful! Do not use hair removal cream as this may cause irritation.
- After shaving the area, shower with soap and water to remove all the loose hair.
- Wear supportive underwear (not boxer shorts).
- Arrange for someone to drive you home if you plan on taking the oral sedative.
- Clear your diary to be ready to take it easy for a couple days after your procedure.
After Your Vasectomy - Recovery
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. Don’t forget that taking paracetamol and ibuprofen regularly is more effective at relieving pain than taking it just 'whenever'.
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, undertake no heavy lifting (more than 20kg) or prolonged driving (more than 2 hours) and avoid swimming. You should avoid contact sport for four weeks. If you are plannng on going away on holidays or have a big weekend planned right after your vasectomy, it is best to not scheduel your vasectomy just prior. 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 or send an SMS or HotDoc message with the result. Results will take at least a few days to be received, reviewed and communicated by the Doctor.
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!
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 the option of taking a mild sedative before your procedure. It is advised to not drive immediately after taking this sedative. If you decline the sedative, you may feel comfortable enough to drive.
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. It is not easy to fill a vasectomy procedure appointment when cancelled for convenience or cold feet. If circumstances such as illness arise, please advise us as soon as possible and we are happy to reschedule a procedure. Otherwise 72 hours notice at least is a must.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.