As surgeries go, having a vasectomy is a fairly straightforward procedure with a short recovery time. Most men tend to feel capable of going back to everyday tasks within a few days, with a full recovery in 1-2 weeks. In a short day-trip to the doctor, you can shut down production in no time.
But even though it doesn’t take long for the procedure to heal, after it’s all said and done, you want to be sure that you aren’t doing anything to disrupt the incision site or tissues, and limit activities that would prolong the healing process.
If you are a side-sleeper place a pillow between your knees to help keep pressure off the incision. If you sleep on your back then you don’t have to change your sleeping position. Stomach sleeping should be avoided altogether. Additionally, it is advised to take an anti-inflammatory and use an ice pack (over your underwear) for 20 minutes prior to bed!
Resting Easy After A Vasectomy
You may feel discomfort (some have likened it to a swift kick to the balls) when you are trying to get some sleep, so it’s essential to stick to the recovery guidelines given to you by your doctor. You will likely find that sleeping is more comfortable in one of two ways:
- On your back – It isn’t required to stay in this position, but lying on your back may help your currently extra delicate testicles to feel less exposed. Place a pillow under your knees for comfort and be sure to take care when changing positions or getting out of bed.
- On your side – You can sleep on whichever side is more comfortable, but be sure to slide a pillow between your knees to minimize unnecessary pressure on your genital area.
Another thing to consider is that if you live in a multi-level home, it may be a good idea to sleep on the lower level for the first night or two. The constant need to go up and down stairs can add to the discomfort and swelling.
To protect your incision and the tissues around it, wearing a jockstrap or supportive underwear will help keep everything in place if you happen to toss in your sleep. For maximum support, you should wear supportive underwear throughout the day as well for as long as recommended by your surgeon.
Help Your Recovery
More than making sure you don’t roll over onto the boys, you want the short time it takes to heal to go smoothly as well. When not done correctly, the amount of time that it takes for your body to be back to normal can last longer. Here are a few other things that you can do in the bedroom to promote quick healing.
- Use an ice pack – Swelling is the body’s natural response to surgery. If the aim is to heal at a decent pace and prevent further pain – now would be a great time to make use of the frozen peas that your wife bought, which you never plan to eat. Apply the ice pack over your underwear for up to 20 minutes at a time for the first 2-3 days.
- Lay down – For at least 24 hours after surgery, you want to let your body rest. Take it easy on even simple tasks such as climbing stairs, standing for too long, or lifting anything more substantial than a bowling ball.
- Take an anti-inflammatory – Along with applying ice, taking pain medication or anti-inflammatories can help ease some of the discomfort. Many patients report being able to get through the day with minimal help from painkillers, but if you struggle to get to sleep, it may help to eliminate the pain, however insignificant it is.
- Avoid strenuous activity – Even though you may feel like you are ready to run a marathon or head back to CrossFit, it’s in your best interest to put off deadlifts until you get cleared from your doctor. Forceful activities can agitate the stitches, forcing you to explain to your surgeon (and your wife) why you were doing keg stands while watching Monday night football at your age.
- Use condoms – After the surgery, you should be able to resume sex after about a week, or as soon as you feel comfortable. Remember to use condoms until your ejaculation tests clear of sperm.
Bouncing back quickly after a vasectomy can be a double-edged sword – your mind thinks that you’re more capable of returning to activities like playing with the kids or chores around the house when you still need to relax and heal.
The downside is that most complications from vasectomy surgery happen in men who don’t take it easy by following their doctor’s instructions. Complications can include unplanned pregnancy in couples who don’t use alternative birth control or swelling in the genitals that lasts longer than a few weeks. While rare, these are side effects that you want to consider, especially if you don’t want another Junior running around in 9 months. (Source)