Exercise & physical activity after vasectomy

This article addresses non-sexual physical activities. To learn more about how long you need to wait after a vasectomy before having sex, read our full article on the subject.

Men who are considering a vasectomy usually have two questions about exercise and physical activity after a vasectomy:

  1. How long do I need to wait after the procedure before resuming normal physical activities?
  2. In the long-term, will I still be able to run, ride a bike, swim, lift weights, etc.?

While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to these questions, there are some basic guidelines you can follow to ensure you allow your body to heal properly after a vasectomy. And (as always) follow your doctor’s instructions and don’t hesitate to call them if you have concerns or questions about what you can and can’t do following your operation.

Activity immediately after a vasectomy

For some men, the recovery period after a vasectomy is a welcome excuse to take it easy for a couple days while being lovingly cared for by their partner. Other men can’t wait to get back to their normal routine. Either way, it’s important to know how long to wait before resuming physical activity after your procedure.

Most doctors will tell you to rest and do as little as possible the first two days after your vasectomy.  Since vasectomy operations typically take place on a Friday, this means relaxing in bed or on the couch for the weekend after the operation.

After the initial two day healing period, most doctors recommend waiting at least week before engaging in strenuous physical activities like exercising and heavy lifting. Light activity is generally OK a few days after the vasectomy, but it should be limited to basic activities like walking, running errands, etc.

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While many men report feeling ready to resume exercise just a few days after their vasectomy, it’s best to err on the the side of caution and give it a full week. Remember that your testicles are still recovering from a traumatic event and are still at risk of developing post-op complications.

Many doctors schedule a follow up appointment one week after the surgery. This is the time to ask if you can go back to doing all the things you did before your operation. If you’ve experienced complications after your vasectomy or the incision is taking longer than expected to heal, it’s possible your doctor will suggest waiting a little longer before doing any sort of difficult physical activity.

Regardless of how long it’s been since you’ve had a vasectomy, you need to use common sense and listen to what your body is telling you. If you still feel sore after a week, do yourself a favor and take it easy until you feel normal again.

Post-vasectomy activity in the long-term

While you’ll need to take it easy in the days right after your vasectomy, there are no long-term limitations on what you can do after a successful operation. If you enjoyed cycling, running, weight lifting, or swimming before your vasectomy, you’ll still be able to enjoy all these activities after your operation.

Some men experience soreness and tenderness for a number of weeks after their vasectomy, and in these cases there are certain types of exercise that might cause discomfort or pain. In these situations, it’s probably best to avoid biking, jogging, or any activity that shakes or puts extra pressure on the testicles.

If you experience post-vasectomy complications, this can increase the amount of time you’ll need to recover. Hematomas, infections, and other issues could increase your low-activity requirement time by weeks or months.

Jobs requiring physical labor

If your job involves any sort of physical labor, you need to let your doctor know. In most cases, the doctor will recommend taking extra time off or finding lighter duty work to do during the recovery period.