What is a Vasectomy?
What is the procedure for a vasectomy?
The procedure itself is quick – lasting from 10 to 30 minutes.
The surgeon will use a small needle to inject a local anesthetic into the skin of the scrotum, then make a small incision or puncture in the scrotum, withdraw part of the vas deferens, cut and seal the tube before retuning the ends to the scrotum. The incision is then usually closed with stitches or glue.
How should I prepare for a vasectomy?
Your surgeon will probably advise you to stop taking aspirin, anti-inflammatories and certain other medications several days before your surgery. On the day of the procedure you should bring tight-fitting underwear or an athletic support, which you should wear after the procedure for support and to help control swelling.
Where will my vasectomy be performed?
What anaesthetic will be used for my vasectomy?
Vasectomies are performed under local anaesthesia.
How do I recover from my vasectomy?
Following the procedure, you can expect some bruising and swelling (which will subside within a few days) and only minor pain.
When can I return to normal activities?
For the first week, avoid sexual activity. If you do ejaculate shortly after the procedure, you may experience some pain or notice blood in your semen. Note that after a vasectomy you will still ejaculate semen, but after about 20 ejaculations or several months, it will not contain sperm.
Remember to use another form of birth control until your doctor has determined that your semen no longer contains any sperm.
What are the risks involved in vasectomy?
Vasectomy is a low risk procedure with few complications or side effects. There is a small risk of bleeding, infection, inflammation, fluid build-up and chronic pain, but these are rare. Your doctor will discuss all the risks with you.
To allay any anxiety, you should know that:
A vasectomy won’t affect your sexual performance or permanently damage your sexual organs. It does not increase your risk of certain cancers or heart disease; there is no proven link.