What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is an effective form of birth control, also known as male sterilization. It is the removal of a small section of the vas deferens from both sides. It is intended to be a permanent form of contraception. Vasectomies are one of the most popular forms of male birth control. It is performed on over 500,000 men every single year. It is the most effective form of birth control besides abstinence. One to two women will become pregnant out of every 1,000 in the year after their partners have undergone a vasectomy.

A vasectomy still allows you to reach orgasm and ejaculate.

Sperm and male sex hormones are produced in the testicles. The testicles are in the scrotum, which is at the penis base. Sperm travel through the epididymis. At this point, they stay until they are ready to be released. The vas deferens or “vas” are tubes that connect the epididymis to the prostate. The vas goes from the bottom part of the scrotum into the inguinal canal then into the pelvis and behind the bladder. The vas joins the seminal vesicle to form the ejaculatory duct. When one ejaculates, the seminal fluid and seminal vesicles mix with sperm to produce semen. It goes through the urethra and out of the penis.

Conventional Vasectomy

The doctor will remove a small piece of each vas tube to create a short gap between the two ends. This will prohibit the sperm from reaching semen, so it will not leave your body. You may get stitches that will dissolve over time.

No-Scalpel Vasectomy

This vasectomy is also called the “keyhole vasectomy.” A sharp hemostat is used to puncture the scrotum to raise the vas deferens.

With the No-Scalpel Vasectomy, there is less bleeding and risk of infection.

How should I prepare for a vasectomy?

Clean your genital area thoroughly. You should bring an athletic supporter, or jockstrap. It is also recommended that you bring someone to the surgery with you to drive you home.

What can I expect after the vasectomy?

The doctor will give you specific instructions to follow after your surgery. There may be some pain, bruising and swelling on your genital area. The bruises will go away in approximately two weeks. At that point, the affected area should begin feeling normal. Your sex drive will not be affected by the vasectomy.

You should not take any blood thinners, like aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen for at least one week before your surgery because they can increase bleeding.

When can I return to work?

You should be able to return to work a few days after surgery unless you have a strenuous job or physical labor. Your doctor will discuss when you are able to return to physical labor.

Does it work immediately?

No, so it’s important to keep using back up contraception methods until your doctor tests your ejaculation to ensure no sperm is present. This is typically done after 15-20 ejaculations or 2-3 months.

What are the risks?

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Chronic pain
  • Rejoining of the vas ends resulting in fertility and pregnancy (1 in 2,000)

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