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How long after a vasectomy can you have sex?

After a vasectomy, while normal sexual activity may resume within 7 days however, the procedure is not confirmed effective for approximately three months. Despite undergoing the vasectomy, there may still be viable sperm present in the ejaculate for a certain period of time. Therefore, it is crucial to continue using birth control precautions until a semen analysis confirms the absence of sperm.


Typically, a semen analysis is conducted around week 16 after the vasectomy procedure. This analysis involves examining a sample of semen to determine if any sperm are still present. To ensure accurate results, it is recommended to have at least 25 ejaculations before undergoing the semen analysis. This allows for a more comprehensive assessment of the success of the vasectomy.


Until the results of the semen analysis confirm the absence of sperm, it is essential to take precautions during sexual activity to prevent an unexpected pregnancy. This means utilising reliable forms of contraception, such as condoms or other birth control methods, to ensure effective protection against pregnancy.


It is worth noting that the timing for achieving sterility can vary for each individual. While it is typically expected to take approximately three months for the vasectomy to be confirmed as effective, it’s important to follow the guidance of your healthcare provider regarding when it is safe to rely solely on the vasectomy as contraception.


By following these precautions and undergoing the necessary semen analysis, you can have the peace of mind knowing that the vasectomy has indeed achieved its intended purpose of permanent contraception. Consult with your healthcare provider for personalised advice and guidance throughout the recovery process.