A vasectomy is a safe, permanent and effective means for preventing pregnancy.
HOW IT WORKS
A vasectomy works by cutting the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the penis. This prevents the sperm from exiting the penis during ejaculation. After a vasectomy, your body will continue to produce sperm, but they will die and be re-absorbed. A vasectomy will not noticeably affect the seminal fluid; your ejaculate will still look and feel the same. A vasectomy also will not affect your testosterone (male hormone) levels or your ability to have an erection.
THE PROCEDURE – STEP-BY-STEP
Vasectomy is an outpatient procedure typically performed under local anesthesia.
- First, a local anesthetic is administered, which results in a pain-free procedure.
- Your surgeon will make a small opening in the scrotum. The sperm duct, called the vas deferens, is exposed through the opening. A 1-centimeter segment on either side of each testicle is then removed.
- The ends of the vas deferens are then cauterized and sealed with titanium clips and placed back inside the scrotum.
- A small dissolvable stitch is placed to close the hole in the scrotum. The procedure usually takes less than 20 minutes.
- Patients typically return to work in two days, and an icepack placed gently on the scrotum is recommended to reduce any pain or swelling following the procedure. If you do have any discomfort, acetaminophen can be taken.
“NO SCALPEL” VASECTOMY
Rather than using a scalpel to make an incision in the scrotum, your doctor will use a special instrument to puncture the skin, which is then stretched to make an opening for the vasectomy to be performed. Your doctor will discuss all of the options for performing the minimally invasive procedure with you at your first appointment.
ADVANTAGES OF A VASECTOMY
- A safe, effective and permanent method of birth control
- 99.85% effective as a birth control method
- A vasectomy will not interfere with your sex drive, ability to have erections, sensation of orgasm, or ability to ejaculate.
CAN A VASECTOMY BE REVERSED?
Yes. A vasectomy can be reversed in a procedure appropriately called a vasectomy reversal. Sometimes, life circumstances change and years after having a vasectomy, some men wish to be able to conceive a child naturally with their partner.