Like any other procedure, there are ways you can prepare for a vasectomy. The first step is to make sure you are confident in your decision to have a vasectomy. While touted online as a completely reversible procedure, the success rate for reversals varies widely and is often not covered by insurance. At TPMG, we view vasectomy procedures as a permanent form of male birth control. Click here to learn if you would make a good candidate for a vasectomy.
Once you’ve made the decision to undergo a vasectomy, there are a number of ways you can prepare yourself physically for your appointment.
1. Shave the area
First, patients are instructed to shave their scrotum before their appointment. You won’t need to remove all pubic hair; your physician will demonstrate exactly what needs to be shaved for the procedure during your consult ahead of time. Shaving ahead of time ensures the surgical area is clean and that your doctor will have good visibility of the area during the procedure.
2. Stop taking blood thinners
You should stop taking blood thinners a week before the procedure. This includes common medicines like aspirin, fish oil, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, and ibuprofen, as well as prescription medications such as Plavix and Warfarin. Make sure you discuss your medications with a doctor before stopping any medications to prevent a harmful reaction when pausing medication. You can still take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to regulate pain because it does not act as a blood thinner.
3. Bring your favorite listening device
TPMG’s procedure suites are equipped with internet, audio, and video technology to ensure that patients can listen to music and watch videos during the procedure. If you’d like to listen to your own music, podcast, audiobook, or another device, please bring it to your appointment. Concentrating on music or other media is very helpful for easing patient anxiety and can greatly reduce stress.
4. Wear tight-fitting clothing
While it may seem logical to wear loose-fitting clothing after an office procedure, you actually want to wear the opposite for a vasectomy procedure. Bring a clean pair of athletic/compression shorts or tight boxer briefs for afterward. Tighter clothing will help support the scrotum and help reduce inflammation and swelling.
5. Have a plan for the ride home
Your doctor will likely administer medication like Ativan to relax you during the procedure, which will render you incapable of driving home afterward. We ask that patients bring a loved one to the appointment to drive them home.
6. Prep your home ahead of time
After your vasectomy procedure, you’ll want to refrain from engaging in any strenuous activity for at least 48 hours. Make sure you don’t do any heavy lifting, lawn mowing, or other household chores after your procedure. You should also make sure your family is aware of the recovery period. If you have children, it’s best to warn them that they cannot jump on you afterward.
Still have questions regarding your upcoming vasectomy? Don’t worry. All patients will have a one-on-one consultation with a doctor before the procedure to discuss any concerns and ask questions. If you’re preparing for an upcoming vasectomy procedure, make sure you follow these six steps to maximize your success and minimize your discomfort.
About Geoffrey B. Kostiner, MD
Geoffrey B. Kostiner, MD, is a board certified Urologist with TPMG Williamsburg Urology. Dr. Kostiner offers state-of-the-art vasectomy services for his patients at a competitive cost. This relatively painless, outpatient procedure is 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy and has far fewer health risks than traditional female birth control. The 20-minute procedure is performed in the comfort of a TPMG office, minimizing facility costs associated with vasectomies performed in outpatient hospital settings. The relaxing environment and decreased expense attract patients across Virginia, from Richmond to Waynesboro seeking Dr. Kostiner for their vasectomy procedures.