How bad does it hurt?


I am considering a vasectomy… how painful is the procedure? How long till everything is back t normal again?


Hi Nathan,

The operation itself is done under local anaesthetic. It stings a bit when the anaesthetic is injected and after that the area goes numb and the operation is painless. After the operation there will be some swelling and bruising in the testicles for a few days so wearing close-fitting clean underwear, during the day and at night will help to support your scrotum and will also help ease any discomfort or swelling.
Most men will be fit to return to work one or two days after their vasectomy, but you should avoid sport and heavy lifting for at least one week after the operation.

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