Enniscorthy Medical Centre


Tel 053 9239512

Before your vasectomy

  • Please trim any hair you have on your scrotum. It is not necessary to shave the area.
  • Please bring a pair of tight underpants (not boxer shorts) as these will provide better support and minimise discomfort.
  • You need to bring a driver with you on the day of the operation as it is unsafe to drive for several hours.
  • Please bring something interesting to read while the vasectomy is carried out or indeed you can you listen to your ipod etc if you wish. We will have background music playing!
  • If you would like your partner to sit with you during the procedure please make arrangements with her in advance.
  • Plan your life so that you have 48 hours of rest and relaxation after the operation. For the entire first week you will need to avoid heavy work, sport or intercourse. Please ask for a certificate if you are going to need one.

After your vasectomy

  • Take it easy for the first 48 hours, resting at home and doing as little as possible.
  • You have a very small wound on the front wall of the scrotum and we would ask you to keep this dry for 24 hours. It will not be covered by any dressings and will normally heal over 7 to 10 days. Occasionally this small wound is open during this time but heals on its own. Just keep the area clean.
  • Avoid heavy lifting, vigorous exercise and intercourse for 7 days.
  • Bruising and a little pain is normal. Simple pain relief such as paracetamol should be adequate but if you are worried in any way please contact us on 053 9239512 during surgery hours.
  • Remember to use contraception until you have had a negative semen test !
  • You must have a sample checked 16 weeks after the operation to ensure that it has worked.
  • The instructions for the semen test will be given to you on a separate sheet.
  • After you have dropped in your 16 week sample we will contact you in writing within 10 days to let you know the result. Unfortunately we are not allowed to give the results over the telephone.
  • You must not stop your contraception until you have written confirmation from us that you are sterile and that it is safe to do so.

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