Before The Day, On The Day, and Aftercare
Before The Day, On The Day, and Aftercare
Please bring your Medicare card to allow us to process your medicare rebate for the vasectomy.
Absolutely! Your partner is welcome to attend the consultation and the procedure itself. She won’t see any of the action from her vantage point!
Anything to help you relax!
You are welcome to use your smartphone. You might want to listen to your own music, podcast, or play a game. We often play background music and chat during the procedure.
Please wear supportive underwear such as ‘Y fronts’ and avoid boxer shorts!
Please shave or clip the front and side of scrotum (‘the sac’) prior to the procedure. There is no need to shave behind the scrotum.
You may use an electric trimmer any time before you come to the clinic. You may clip anytime from 2-3 days prior to the vasectomy up to the morning before. Please have a shower before you attend the clinic.
For wet shaving:
shave the day before the procedure. If you have forgotten to shave the day before then just shave that morning!
Try to shave slightly away from the skin to reduce cuts or abrasions. Stubble is fine.
We pride ourselves on being on time.
The best way for you to be relaxed is to arrive in good time. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time. Guys who need a sedative will be given a separate arrival time.
The vast majority of guys do not need any sedative at all.
Remember that Dr Beatty and the team are expert at putting you at ease.
Who might benefit from a sedative?
Does this sound like you? You may still book online. However, please ring us at least 1 day prior to the procedure so that we can give you a different arrival time. You will then be offered a sedative tablet after seeing Dr Beatty. The tablet takes around 30 minutes to work. You’ll need someone to drive you home.
Please do not take any anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Nurofen, Voltaren, Diclofenac) for at least three days before the vasectomy. If you take some accidentally, please mention it to Dr Beatty on the day.
It is generally advisable not to stop low dose aspirin for established medical conditions such as Ischaemic Heart Disease.
Other types of ‘blood thinners’ such as Plavix, Pradaxa, Xarelto tend to be more of a problem than aspirin. Dr Beatty will need advice from your cardiologist or GP to ascertain whether blood thinners can be temporarily stopped for five days prior to your vasectomy.
What To Expect
Vasectomy is a big deal for our clients. Allow yourself to lie back, enjoy some down-time, and let us do the hard work.
Here are some pointers on what to expect on the day.
Hi, welcome to the vasectomy clinic!
You are asked to complete the questionnaire. This will take you around 5 minutes.
Dr Beatty will welcome you into the consulting room.
Dr Beatty will discuss with you
You are then invited to sign the consent form.
You are taken by Dr Beatty to the procedure room, and introduced to the nursing staff.
You are asked to slip off your belt & empty your pockets into a small box.
At this stage, you only need to remove your shoes before lying on the couch. A hot water bottle is applied over your trousers or shorts whilst The team finalise the preparation.
Dr Beatty will wash you down with warm antiseptic prior to covering the area with a drape. You are lying on the couch with your legs together. Your privacy is prioritised throughout the procedure. Only the front of the scrotum can be seen by the doctor.
Try to distract yourself and you will find the time flies and you might even enjoy it!
You are in the procedure room for around half an hour.
Dr Beatty will let you know when you are ready to leave the clinic. You will leave the clinic 15 to 30 minutes after the procedure.
It is highly unlikely that you will not feel able to drive home. The doctor will discuss driving with you after the procedure.
First few days to The All Clear. Please make sure you do your test afterwards!
Absolutely. The service includes full aftercare.
Dr Beatty’s mobile is given to you at the appointment. Please text the doctor if you have any concerns at all and he will ring you back as soon as possible.
Lie up on the couch when you get home.
The anaesthetic wears off after 3 hours. Pain relief is not routinely required but you can take paracetamol.
Continue with supportive underwear during the day for 1 week.
Some bleeding around the dressing may occur in the 1st few hours. Apply 20 minutes of firm pressure followed by an ice pack for 20 minutes over a towel. Finally, apply a fresh dressing. Any bleeding should have stopped by the following morning.
Bruising may be noticed for a few days. Bruising rarely lasts for 2 weeks.
Haematoma refers to internal bleeding and occurs after fewer than 1% of Vasectomies. The scrotum becomes swollen. Bleeding will stop at some stage and the blood is gradually absorbed into the body. A severe haematoma can take 3 months to resolve.
You can usually go back to a non-physical job a day or two after the procedure.
It is possible to get a haematoma even a week after a vasectomy. For this reason, guys doing very manual work are advised to take 1 week off work, or be on modified duties.
Good question! A week is the perfect answer although five days should be fine.
The pathology sample bottle and form is given to you after your vasectomy.
Dr Beatty advises you to get your test done 16 weeks afterwards. why is this?
At 12 weeks post vasectomy, only 80% of men are all-clear. In other words, there is a 20% chance you’ll have to repeat the test if you do it after just 12 weeks.
Some studies show that only half of men do a test.
Doing the test at 16 weeks will maximise the chance of an all-clear result the first time around!
Please be in the 65% of men who does a post vasectomy sample. You got a vasectomy for a reason, and you need to be 100% sure it’s worked!
We will send you an email or text. Please contact the clinic if you have not received your result within one week of the test.
Don’t panic. It is rare not to get the all-clear eventually. There are two scenarios.
Non-Motile sperm are sperm that don’t move. It takes around 25 ejaculations to clear out the old sperm. Occasionally, a few new non-motile sperm persist. ‘Special Clearance’ is given seven months after the vasectomy when there are fewer than 100,000 non-motile sperm per ml. The risk of pregnancy is basically then zero. You can certainly consider your vasectomy to be 100% successful if you fall under the category of ‘special clearance.’
Swimmers, though, are more of a concern. Repeat samples are always required in these cases. When motile sperm persist, the vasectomy is a failure. This is due to recanalisation. You can only marvel how a tube that is completely divided and sealed may grow back.
The bottom line is this. It’s not a worry to have a few non-motile sperm in your post vasectomy sample. It is a bit of a hassle however, to repeat the sample 7 months after your vasectomy to get the all clear (“special clearance”).