If you decide you no longer want the ability to father children, this simple operation may be the safest, most effective birth control option. It involves cutting the two vas deferens tubes so sperm can no longer get into the semen. We can perform a vasectomy in our office. It only takes about a half hour. You’re awake during the procedure. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area. You may experience some temporary mild discomfort, swelling and bruising following surgery. We will provide you with instruction for managing these symptoms.
Having a vasectomy does not affect a man’s sexual performance or pleasure. He can still have intercourse and climax as before. The only difference is that his semen does not contain sperm, and he can no longer father a child.
This is considered an effective, permanent birth control method with virtually 100% prevention. During the procedure, we close or block the tubes that carry sperm. This prevents sperm cells from ever leaving your body. Instead, your body reabsorbs the sperm. It is important to note that you will need to continue other birth control methods for about three months following a vasectomy, or until you use all sperm beyond the blocked tube. A simple analysis shows when your semen no longer contains sperm.
- No incision: We make a tiny puncture to reach both tubes. We then tie, cauterize or block the tubes. No stitches are needed.
How quickly you recover from a vasectomy depends on your general health and lifestyle. Most men do not require time off work, and only a day or two of rest. You will need to avoid strenuous work or exercise for about a week. Most men can resume sexual activity within a week.
A vasectomy does not change your hormones, sex organs, sexuality or sexual pleasure. Your semen will look just like it always has and be about the same amount.
While a vasectomy is an effective form of birth control, it can be reversed in many cases. Reasons for a vasectomy vary, as a man’s relationship and family goals change over time.
A vasectomy reversal is a relatively simple procedure that reconnects the vas deferens or the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles into the semen. The reversal is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, requiring either general or local anesthetics.
It’s important to note that reversal is not always 100% successful in restoring reproduction. Pregnancy rates after a vasectomy reversal depend on several factors, including the type of your vasectomy and the amount of time since the initial procedure. We will be happy to explain this in greater detail during your consultation.