A vasectomy is also known as male sterilisation. The purpose of this simple surgical procedure is to permanently prevent pregnancy by sealing or cutting the tubes that carry sperm.
Vasectomies are usually carried out under local anaesthetic. You will be in the clinic for around 30 minutes, and the procedure itself takes around 15 minutes. Rarely, though, the operation may be carried out under general anaesthetic.
Vasectomies are a highly effective form of birth control and successfully prevent pregnancies in more than 99% of cases. It is a permanent solution, so once it’s been carried out you won’t have to worry about using another kind of contraceptive, apart from the first 12 weeks after the operation.
Both the procedure and the recovery for vasectomy are quick, and the operation is almost painless as it is minimally invasive. Any discomfort afterwards can be managed with over the counter painkillers or ice, though you should take things easy for around a week so that you don’t strain your groin. Supportive underwear can help ease the discomfort and swelling in the first few days.
And you will still have erections and ejaculate as you did before the procedure.
There is a potential risk with all types of surgery, and so it’s important that you understand what these are, as well as the benefits that treatment can bring. Our specialist advisors and surgeons will discuss these with you and you will be able to talk through any concerns you may have.
As a guide, risks associated with vasectomy surgery include:
As sperm will still be present in the tubes leading to the penis following the operation, you should use another method of contraception for at least 8 to 12 weeks afterwards.
Having a vasectomy is a big decision and so you should consider it carefully, taking into account the pros and cons of treatment. Only you know if it’s the best choice for you, but you should consider that it is a permanent procedure. If there is even a remote chance that you may want to have children in the future, a vasectomy is not likely to be the best choice for you.
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Your private vasectomy surgery with The Hospital Group will take place in state-of-the-art medical facilities that have been fully certified by the Care Quality Commission, Healthcare Infection Society and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales. Whether you are having your pre-surgery consultations across the country or surgery at our Burcot Hall Hospital in Bromsgrove, you can trust in your vasectomy surgery. Whatever your needs or budget, we can help.
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Every procedure we carry out is tailored to the patient’s individual requirements. During your free consultation, your surgeon assistant will be able to discuss the different aspects of vasectomy surgery with you, including the cost and the payment options that are available to you.
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Vasectomy FAQsMore FAQs
Sperm is required to fertilise an egg and cause pregnancy. Through cutting or blocking the tubes that allow the sperm to travel from the testicles to the penis, a vasectomy prevents it from getting into the semen during ejaculation. Without sperm present to fertilise the egg, pregnancy can be avoided.
The length of a vasectomy procedure varies between 10 to 30 minutes.
Yes. The only difference following treatment is the lack of sperm in the semen. Your sex drive and ability to have sex are not affected by the procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, you may experience some level of discomfort or pain. However, vasectomy is generally performed under local anaesthetic and as such is classed as minor surgery, so any pain or discomfort should subside within a few days.
The success rate for vasectomy surgery is more than 99%, and so it’s considered a permanent contraceptive method. However, your should be aware that in rare cases, vasectomies can fail.
As the sperm has no way of exiting the body after a vasectomy, it naturally breaks down and reabsorbs back into the body.
You should not have sex for at least a week after a vasectomy procedure.
For up to 12 weeks following a vasectomy, you should use another form of contraception, as there may be sperm remaining in the tubes that can reach the penis.
When successfully performed, a vasectomy is permanent. Although it may be possible to have the procedure surgically reversed if you regret having the procedure, there is no guarantee that the operation will restore your fertility and that you will be able to get your partner pregnant after a reversal.
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