How soon can I have sex after a vasectomy?
It is normal to experience some mild discomfort, bruising and swelling of the scrotum for a few days after the procedure. You can start having sex again as soon as it feels comfortable for you. However, there will still be some sperm remaining in your ejaculate for a while after the vasectomy, so there is still a risk that you could get your partner pregnant.
You will need to use an additional form of contraception, such as condoms, for a minimum of eight weeks after the operation, because there may still be sperm remaining in the tubes to the penis that could cause a pregnancy if you have unprotected sex.
Your doctor will perform up to two tests on your semen after the procedure to make sure that it is clear of any sperm. Once it has been shown that you have a sperm count of zero (no sperm remains in your semen), there will be no need to use any other form of contraception to protect against pregnancy.
However, vasectomy doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections or HIV, so you will need to use a barrier contraceptive when having sex with a new partner to avoid the risk of infection.
If you have any problems with getting and keeping an erection suitable for sex after you have had a vasectomy, speak to your doctor.