Vasectomy is a procedure performed for men who have decided that they are ready for a permanent type of birth control. In this procedure the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis) are cut and separated so that sperm can no longer get through. The procedure is done in the office with local anesthesia and you will be able to drive yourself home afterward.
We use the “no-scalpel technique” which involves using specialized instruments to make a small puncture in the scrotum. The vas on each side is pulled through this small hole and after the procedure you do not need any stitches in the skin – just a small piece of gauze to cover the hole. This opening in the skin will close over the next few days.
It is important to know that this procedure is not effective immediately because there are sperm higher up in the tubes that need to be washed out before you are sterile. Don’t rely on vasectomy as birth control until you have had a test to show that the sperm are gone. Ejaculation will be the same as always because sperm only makes up a very small part of the fluid that comes out when you ejaculate. Sex drive is the same after the vasectomy, because no nerves are cut and no hormones are changed by the procedure.
If you are interested in learning more, you can schedule a consultation. We will review the vasectomy procedure in detail and perform a brief exam to make sure that you are a good candidate for this type of procedure (almost all men are). If you have a medical coupon (Medicaid), you will need to sign a consent at least 30 days before the planned procedure.
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