Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
When a man ejaculates sperm will be released within the semen. Undergoing a vasectomy works to seal the tubes which carry the sperm, which prevents pregnancy from occurring.
This is a permanent procedure, so you will no longer have to worry about other contraception methods. However, it is important to note the procedure does not prevent STIs.
The procedure will not have any negative impact on your sex drive or hormone levels.
You will be a suitable candidate for this procedure if you are wanting a permanent solution to avoiding pregnancy. The surgeon will need to ensure you are completely sure you do not wish to have any more children in the future. While the procedure can be reversed, it is very difficult and there is no guarantee that the reversal will actually be successful. Therefore, it is important to ensure you and your partner are certain of your decision to undergo a vasectomy.
Suitable candidates are generally over the age of 30.
If the surgeon does not believe the procedure is in your best interest, they may refuse surgery.
A vasectomy is performed as a day procedure. You will be able to return home the same day as the procedure.
A vasectomy is generally performed under a local anaesthetic. However, if elected it can be performed under a general anaesthetic. Most people will elect to undertake this procedure with a local anaesthetic. This means that you will be awake throughout the procedure, but you will not be able to feel any pain. You may feel a slight discomfort although this will be bearable.
The procedure is relatively quick and will take around 15 minutes to complete.
First, the scrotum will be numbed with a local anaesthetic. Two small incisions will then be made to allow access to the tubes that carry the sperm.
The tubes are then cut and a small section will be removed. The tubes are then closed either through being tied or through the use of heat.
Following the vasectomy, it is normal to experience some bruising and swelling in the scrotum. You may also experience some mild discomfort. You may wish to take pain medication to help alleviate any symptoms. During this period you should wear tight-fitting underwear or athletic wear to ensure the scrotum has support. This will also help to reduce swelling. Make sure that you change the underwear every day.
You will have to take one to two days off work to fully recover.
You will need to avoid physical exercise for at least one week; this will help to prevent any complications occurring.
You may notice that there is blood in the semen during the first few ejaculations following the vasectomy – do not worry, this is a normal side effect of the procedure.
You will be able to have sex again a few days after having the vasectomy. However, for the first eight to 12 weeks, you will need to ensure you are using some form of contraception. During this time sperm will still be present in the tubes. How long it takes to clear the sperm from the tubes will vary from each person.
A vasectomy is a permanent form of contraception. A vasectomy blocks off the tubes which release the sperm when ejaculation occurs. This prevents a pregnancy from happening.
A vasectomy will be performed under a local anaesthetic. This means you will be awake throughout the duration of the procedure, but will not feel any pain.
You can choose to have a general anaesthetic, however, most people will have the procedure with a local anaesthetic.
A vasectomy will take around 15 minutes to complete.
You will need to take at least one to two days off work to fully recover.
You will be able to have sex once you feel comfortable to do so. However, we recommend waiting a few days after your procedure.
For the first eight to 12 weeks, you will need to continue using some form of contraception, as the sperm will not be completely out of the tubes.
You will need to avoid physical exercise for at least one week.