Gestation Calculator

This calculator has been designed to give you an idea of the treatment options available to you*. If you decide to have an abortion with Marie Stopes UK, one of our nurses will give a more approximate gestation date during your appointment by way of a scan.
*Please note that this online calculator will only give you an estimated gestation based on the details you have provided.

Please select the first day of your last menstrual period.



We are here to support you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Call us now on 0345 300 8090 or email services@mariestopes.org.uk

0345 300 8090

You are here

Post-vasectomy tips to speed recovery

Marie Stopes UK recommends the following advice and action after your vasectomy to ensure fast healing of your wound, and to reduce any bleeding, pain and swelling.

Should you have further concerns or questions, please call our 24 hour post-operative advice line on 0345 122 1441 where you can speak to a nurse.

After your vasectomy procedure

  • Do not drive yourself home after your vasectomy as you may feel light-headed or re-open your wound. We advise you go straight home via a lift or public transport and relax for 48 hours.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 48 hours after your operation as this can increase any bleeding.
  • Keep the dressing dry and and in place for at least 48 hours by wearing close fitting briefs or trunks during the day and night. This will help reduce pain and any swelling. You can change the dressing afterwards with the replacements supplied in your semen sample kit pack.
  • Avoid showering or bathing until 48 hours after your operation, when you can also remove the first dressing. Use strip washes instead. Do not use toiletries as they can irritate the area.
  • It is normal that your wound does not have stitches as it is small enough to heal without them. However, should you suspect your wound is infected, this can be resolved very quickly and easily with antibiotics. Contact your GP for advice.
  • If you experience pain or swelling, take a painkiller such as ibuprofen or paracetamol if you have no history of allergy to these tablets. Cooling the area can also help reduce pain and swelling. This can be done by wrapping an ice pack in a clean tea towel and holding it against the affected area. Try not to get the wound wet as this may affect healing. If swelling is severe, call our aftercare advice line.
  • If you notice any bruising around the area, or a small pea size lump develops around the wound, be aware that this is the body’s natural reaction to the healing process. Taking an anti-inflammatory painkiller can help with bruising.
  • You may find some blood in your semen after your first ejaculation. This is not unusual and is just residual blood from the procedure.

Physical activity

  • Avoid long periods of standing or walking for at least a few days.
  • You should be able to return to work after a couple of days, unless you have a physically demanding job in which case we would recommend you avoid any heavy lifting or physical activity for two weeks.
  • Avoid all sports for two weeks, and contact sports for up to four weeks. 
  • Avoid short haul flights (up to three hours) for 48 hours after your vasectomy, and long haul flights for at least a week after your procedure.
  • You can return to having sex as soon as you feel well enough. You need to ensure you use contraception until you have had the all-clear from Marie Stopes UK that your vasectomy has worked.

Need to talk about your options with Marie Stopes UK?

Our specialist staff are on hand 24/7 to offer expert advice and support – from your initial consultation to treatment aftercare. Call us now on 0345 122 1441 or email services@mariestopes.org.uk.