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How long until masturbation after vasectomy?

The answer to this question ties in closely to our article on when it’s OK to have sex after vasectomy, so it’s a good idea to read that article as well.

The topic of when it’s safe to masturbate after a vasectomy can be confusing (and frustrating) for many men.

Some doctors provide aftercare instructions which simply state that the patient should abstain from sex for a certain amount of time (usually a week), but don’t specifically address if it’s OK to masturbate before then. Some men interpret this as a free license to masturbate whenever they want following the vasectomy, but this isn’t correct.

Masturbating and ejaculating too soon after your procedure can carry some risk, so you should use the instructions your doctor gave your regarding when it’s safe to resume sexual intercourse as a guideline for when you can start masturbating again. In other words, if your doctor instructs you to wait a week before sex, it’s best to wait a week before masturbating as well.

Why you need to wait

It should go without saying that in the days following a vasectomy, it’s best to avoid any unnecessary trauma to the surgery site. Even though masturbation usually isn’t as rigorous as intercourse, it still has the potential to aggravate the wound.

Another reason you need to wait is that orgasm and ejaculation involve a number of intense muscle contractions in the genital area, which means having an orgasm could be uncomfortable if you’re still experiencing swelling, bruising, or tenderness.


  1. matt

    I am on day three now with very little swelling or other potential post-operative incidents. Can I masturbate or have sex if I have no discomfort. Obviosuly, if I choose to have sex, we will be protected.

  2. Tony

    I had a no scalpel vasectomy and I masturbated after the third day after the procedure once and twice the next day the DR. advised to avoid sex for a week after but I just couldn’t help it I was feeling bad at all after the procedure I now have some minor swelling and some pain in my testicles almost like a blue balls feeling my question is did I mess up the whole operation by not waiting a week or should I be alright? Im currently at day 5 after the procedure.

  3. Jingo

    I got my vasectomy a week ago and it feels like I have literally four testicles in my scrotal sac. The only pain is point tenderness at the sites i was cut and the masses . Should I masturbate, or wait till the swelling goes down?

  4. Ady

    I have had a no scapal vasectomy three days ago and the Dr advised against intercourse for 7 days, I masturbated yesterday and had full protected sex last night and god it felt like my penis was harder and fuller than its ever been. Glad I had it done .

  5. Richard

    Well I’m in day three and sorry to say gents it feels like my ball were used for a game of tennis. There is only Minnie swelling my my god it hurts when touched.

  6. Dave

    My doctor just said no sex for 2 weeks. No where else have I hear 2 weeks. Ridiculous. Why is there such huge discrepancy and vagueness in the advice doctor’s give us.

  7. Paul Robinson

    I waited 5 days and kept waking up with an erection so I then masterbated twice and I’m unsure if I’ve caused more swelling and bruising then there should be. It’s not to bad just hurts to sit to long. I’ve been icing, wasn’t sure when to start masterbating since the doctor at the Veteran Affairs is wanting 15-20 ejaculations before submitting the seamen to the lab.

  8. Jimmy Chonga

    I just came here to get some info on sex and masturbation and the comments I’m reading will definitely keep my urges in check! I think the one guy who is afraid that he ruined the procedure is enough to scare anyone into waiting! I’m on my third day after my vasectomy and I am probably going to wait at least 2-weeks before I have sex or masturbate. In fact, I will probably wait a month in order to be on the safe side! The risks seem to outweigh the benefits of several minutes of pleasure, so waiting is clearly the thing to do!

  9. Trav

    I’ve just had the no scalpel vasectomy yesterday morning.I don’t have any pain in the groin area, just the nuts are little swollen & bruised. Did any of you guys have any swolleness in the abs region??? That’s where majority of my pain is, just like I’ve knocked out 500 sit ups. Reading through comments it seems as though a week is probably the best to wait. Going to be a struggle as my head is saying I’m good to go but I don’t want any repercussions.

  10. Matthew P Hogan

    OMG some of your guy’s comments cracked me up!! I had a no scalpel procedure done last Friday and today is Tue. No brushing, very little pain at all! I feel like I lucked out. I do, however, desperately want to bust a nut!! It’s all I can think about ): almost there I guess.

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