If you have reached an age that you do not want to worry about fathering more children, you may have set up an appointment to have a vasectomy. However, because of the delicate nature of the area in which the procedure will be performed, you may have concerns about staying comfortable in the days that follow. Fortunately, there are a couple of things you can do to help the area heal and reduce any discomfort.
1. Use Cold Compresses on Your Scrotum
Although the vasectomy procedure is routine enough to be performed with a local anesthetic and small incision, you will still experience some swelling surrounding the site, especially in your scrotum. As the swelling grows, you may find it difficult to walk or even sit without being sore.
To help minimize the swelling in your scrotal area, use cold compresses in intervals, such as applying them for about 15 to 20 minutes, then taking the compresses off for the same amount of time. The cold will help reduce blood flow and keep the swelling down.
For the compresses, you can use store-bought ice packs, or you can make your own. You can do this by wrapping a bag of frozen peas in a kitchen towel and gently placing them on the area.
2. Make Sure You Wear the Right Underwear
Before the day of your procedure, look at your underwear drawer to see what you have available. If you typically wear boxers or loose-fitting briefs, you may need to go shopping, as wearing these will only cause you further discomfort after your vasectomy. Because your genital area will be tender, any swinging or other movements will increase the soreness. If you wear underwear that is too loose, the scrotum will not be well supported.
To ensure that your genitals are firmly supported without causing constriction, make sure you wear briefs that fit snugly around the region when you try them on. However, since you will have some swelling of your scrotal area, make sure that there is give in the fabric in the front to account for the temporary increase in size.
Using the above tips in the few days that follow your procedure can help you stay more comfortable while your genital area heals. For more information about your upcoming procedure and how to take care of yourself afterward, speak with the clinic offering vasectomy services for personalized guidance.
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