4 Tips for Icing Your Genitals After Your Vasectomy

Posted on: 6 May 2021

After you have a vasectomy, your doctor will tell you that you need to ice your scrotum for a few days. Icing your scrotum will help to keep down the swelling, and it will help to control the pain. Knowing some tips for icing will make it easier for you to ice your genitals and help you get through the recovery process. 

Get Vasectomy Ice Packs

There are ice packs that are geared directly for people who have had vasectomies. They are shaped to fit over the genitals and in between the legs easier than other ice packs will. If the ice pack is shaped this way, it's more likely that you are going to use it, because it will be more comfortable for you. 

Get Reusable Ice Packs

You should get three or four reusable vasectomy ice packs so that you can always have an ice pack ready to go. The benefit of using a reusable ice pack is that you are always going to have one since all you need to do is to toss one in the freezer when it warms up and pull a cold one out of the freezer so that you can start icing yourself down again. The reusable packs are generally filled with a special gel, so when they do warm up, you aren't getting everything all wet because of ice. 

Watch the Time

You want to make sure that you are paying attention to the length of time you are icing everything down. You should only use the ice pack for 20-30 minutes at a time and then take a break for at least 10 minutes. While you might think that keeping the ice on longer is a good idea because cold feels good, you actually risk damaging yourself. Overicing your scrotum and testicles can actually cause some bleeding inside your scrotum, which means that you might be lengthening your recovery time. 

Keep It Covered

When you are icing your genitals, you want to make sure that you are putting it over cloth and not directly on your skin. Putting the ice directly on your skin, especially the thin and delicate skin of your scrotum, can cause frostbite. You should be wearing tight underwear, so just put the ice pack directly over your underwear, and you should be fine. 

If you are going to get a vasectomy, you want to do what you can to hasten your recovery time. Knowing how to ice your genitals can help.