A vasectomy is a simple, safe procedure that makes a man sterile. It’s the most effective birth control method for men. Permanent sterility is a major life decision and should be considered carefully. Each man should talk with his wife or partner. It is important to understand, there is only a remote possibility of reversing the state of infertility once achieved.
What should I expect for my vasectomy?
Vasectomy is a common operation performed about 500,000 times annually in the US. The operation takes about 30 minutes.
This procedure works by blocking the transport of sperm from the testicles through the vas deferens. Sedation is given by way of an IV. The skin of the scrotum and the nerves to the vas deferens are numbed by injection of a local anesthetic. A small opening in the scrotum is used for the surgery that rarely requires a suture to close the hole. Vasectomy involves removing a section of each vas deferens along with cautery to the inner portion of the vas deferens. The removed portion of the vas deferens is sent to pathology for confirmation.
What will my recovery be like?
A vasectomy is an out-patient procedure that requires minimal recovery time.
You may still be fertile for several weeks following your vasectomy. You will need to use temporary birth control until your semen is tested and shows no more sperm. Ejaculations help to clear the reproductive system of sperm. Generally, 15-20 ejaculations will be necessary to evacuate all sperm from your system. We expect you to take an average of 6-10 weeks to accomplish that number of ejaculates. This is confirmed by semen analysis around 3 months following your procedure.
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