A vasectomy is the surgical procedure for permanent male sterilisation. It is an effective and permanent way to prevent pregnancy, and suits men who are certain they don’t want future children.
Vasectomies don’t have any lasting effects on sexual activity or performance, and the procedure is easier and less expensive than female sterilisation.
About five per cent of married men of reproductive age have vasectomies.
The vasectomy procedure involves cutting the vans deferens; the reserve of sperm in the seminal vesicles gradually depletes over about eight weeks before infertility is achieved, which is confirmed with a pathology test.
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We use the non-scalpel vasectomy method, providing a surgery-free procedure for your comfort.
Vasectomies prevent pregnancies 99.85 per cent of the time.
After undergoing a vasectomy, couples no longer need to use birth control.
A vasectomy has no long-term effects on your health and does not alter your hormones.
Testosterone levels are unchanged, so hormones and sex drive are unaltered.
Only a few days off work are required, with full recovery typically within a few weeks.
Vasectomies are performed with local anaesthetic, and mild discomfort is easily managed.
Please shave your scrotum in the days leading up to your procedure and wash thoroughly with soap and water the morning of. Please do not take aspirin, anti-inflammatories, or fish oil in the week prior to your procedure as these can increase bruising.
You should plan three days off work for recovery time. Should you have a complication such as excessive bruising, you may need several weeks to recover. You may drive yourself to and from the centre unless you are having medication for sedation, in which case you need a driver. Partners are welcome to sit in.
If you are likely to suffer excessive anxiety during the procedure, we can provide sedation via oral medication. This needs to be discussed at your first consultation.
Men generally tolerate the procedure very well and are surprised how little pain they experienced. It is prudent to rest for the first 24 hours and then take things quietly for the next two days. Some pain over these three days is not unusual and you may use simple analgesia such as paracetamol or an ice pack for pain relief.
Some bruising visible under the skin is not uncommon but please report any excessive bruising. Showering and normal bathing is fine. You should avoid strenuous physical activity for five days after your procedure, longer if you are uncomfortable.
Men generally tolerate the operation very well and are surprised how little pain they endured. Pain relief is via local anaesthetic.
It is prudent to rest for the first 24 hours and then take things quietly for the next two days. Some pain over these three days is not unusual and you may use simple analgesia such as paracetamol or codeine for pain relief.
You should consider a vasectomy as non-reversible as we cannot guarantee that an individual can undergo reversal successfully.
In general, reversal is successful in the first 10 years after vasectomy, but the success rate drops after that. The cost of reversal is several thousand dollars. Our centre does not perform reversal procedures. You should ask your GP for a referral to see an appropriate surgeon.
Using IVF techniques, one sperm obtained by testicular biopsy can be injected into an egg to achieve pregnancy. There is a cost involved in this treatment.
Vasectomy procedures usually take about 10 to 30 minutes.
No, a vasectomy will not affect libido, sex drive or testosterone. The purpose of the procedure is simply to prevent semen travel.
No. The vasectomy procedure is directed toward the vas deferens tube and doesn't involve any other sexual organ or tissue.
There has been no proven link between vasectomies and increased risk of cancers or heart disease.