Surgeons typically require men to do 4 things before vasectomy. They are:
- Shave and wash the scrotum (to prevent infection and to allow easier access)
- Bring a pair of tight-fitting underwear or athletic supporter (to support the scrotum and minimize swelling)
- Arrange for a ride home (to minimize exertion and movement that exacerbates swelling)
- Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, before surgery (they thin the blood and can cause excessive bleeding)
The day before and the morning of the procedure
- Familiarize the location of the surgery center and allow enough time to arrive.
- Shower the night before and the morning of the procedure and GENTLY wash the genital area with soap, no scrubbing to avoid abrasion or roughing of the skin.
- Do Not shave the genital area; we will do so right before the procedure.
- Nothing by mouth for at least 8 hours before the procedure; you may take routine medication with a sip of water.