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Preparing for a vasectomy 

Once you have booked your appointment, you can start to prepare for your vasectomy procedure. 

On this page you’ll find information on how to prepare for your vasectomy including taking time off, arranging travel, guidance on eating and drinking, bathing, what to wear, and pain relief.  

How to prepare for a vasectomy 

Once you have booked your appointment for a vasectomy procedure, there are few things you can do to prepare for the day of your appointment, and for your recovery after your appointment.  

We recommend that you arrange to take at least 48 hours to rest after your appointment.  

If you have a job or hobbies that involve physical strain, such as heavy lifting or contact sports, we advise that you arrange to take two weeks off. 

Find out more at this link: Recovery and Aftercare 

On the day of your treatment please ensure that you do have something substantial to eat and drink before you come to the centre. This does not affect the local anaesthetic and will help to ensure you don’t feel lightheaded. 

We will send you a map showing you how to reach the clinic. If you are unsure about directions, have any queries, or think you are going to be late for your appointment, please call us on 0345 300 0212.  

It is important to arrange your return travel before you come to your appointment. You must not drive yourself home after your procedure, or drive for 48 hours afterwards. We recommend that you do not use public transport, but you can use a taxi service. If you need to use public transport, we strongly recommend that someone is with you when you travel in case you begin to feel unwell. 

It is important to wear tight fitting cotton underwear on the day of your appointment, and for a minimum of seven days afterwards. The tighter the better. This is to support your scrotum, to make you more comfortable, and to speed up the healing process. We recommend that you wear underwear that is one or two sizes smaller than normal, with enough fresh pairs for your recovery.  
– Tight fitting underwear:  
– Provides support to the testicles  
– Helps reduce any pain  
– Is more comfortable  
– Will aid recovery  
– Reduces swelling to the testicles 

24 hours before your appointment, you can prepare some ice packs or ice trays in your freezer as they may be useful if you experience any swelling following your treatment. 
You can bring some pain relief with you to your appointment – such as paracetamol and/or ibuprofen if you are able to take these. Do not take aspirin as this can increase the risk of bleeding. If you take aspirin for medical reasons, please let us know so we can discuss this further with you. If you have any questions about using pain relief medication, please talk to one of our nurses. 

You should not have used any recreational drugs for at least 24 hours before your appointment. If you have taken recreational drugs, please tell us. This could affect your treatment and ability to consent. 

We recommend that you don’t drink alcohol 24 hours before your appointment. Alcohol can cause your blood vessels to dilate which may result in increased bleeding. 

To help reduce the risk of infection prior to your surgical procedure we recommend you purchase Octenisan wash lotion 500mls, readily available online and in the high street pharmacy’s. This product is a mild, antimicrobial wash lotion for skin and hair and helps to reduce the colonisation of skin with bacteria prior to surgical procedures. Please use for 5 days prior to your vasectomy surgical procedure. The instructions for use are on the product.

On the day of your treatment, it’s a good idea to have a bath or shower before leaving home. Please do not shave or trim the hair around the testicles.

Learn more about vasectomy

Vasectomy is a permanent method of contraception. It is important to know what to expect when accessing our vasectomy services.

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What to expect  

Find out the step-by-step process of having a vasectomy procedure with MSI UK.  


On the day 

Ahead of your vasectomy procedure, it is important to know what to expect on the day.

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Recovery and aftercare 

When you leave our clinic, your care does not end. Our tips to support your recovery.