The most important part of recovery after a vasectomy is taking it easy. Doctors have reported that some of the most common reasons for slow recovery after a vasectomy are lack of rest, too much physical activity, not wearing supportive underwear and not icing the scrotum area after the procedure.
Here are a few products that can help. This list has been compiled based on our user feedback and is designed to help you recover faster, ease discomfort, and get back on your feet.
Using a cold pack helps the healing process by reducing swelling and minimizing inflammation in the scrotum area. Gently press the cold pack against your scrotum for 20 minutes several times a day to relieve pain and discomfort. Make sure to put the cold pack outside of your underwear and not directly against the skin. We recommend having at least two, so you can always have a pack ready in the freezer while applying the other one.
Wearing a jockstrap right after your surgery will help reduce discomfort caused by increased pressure on the spermatic cords. Jockstrap supports the muscles and other structures surrounding the scrotum area much better than just tight-fitting underwear. Keep on your jockstrap day and night until you no longer need it and make sure to change into a clean pair every day. Some men feel more comfortable when wearing a jockstrap under or over their regular tight-fitting underwear or boxers.
For pain relief, you may take acetaminophen (Tylenol), naproxen (Aleve or Naprosyn). Avoid Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), and Aspirin these medications may increase the risk of bruising or bleeding around the incision.
A donut-shaped pillow can help ease discomfort caused by sitting. However, you should lie down as much as you can for the first 24 hours.
Remember, the most important thing is to take it easy, relax, and lie on down as much as possible to avoid straining your scrotum. Don’t do any heavy lifting or exercise. You should also avoid any sexual activity, that includes masturbation. For more advice, read our full vasectomy recovery guide.