Have you and your partner decided your family is complete? Are you certain you do not want children? If you are confident in your decision, vasectomy is a permanent, safe and effective form of male birth control.
Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg at Urology Specialists of Milford is skilled at performing no-scalpel vasectomy procedures. Below are some common questions about the process and effects of a vasectomy.
What is a vasectomy?
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A vasectomy is a procedure that prevents sperm from entering the penis. This effectively makes the patient sterile, inhibiting them from impregnating another individual. Post vasectomy, you will still create semen and be able to develop an erection and ejaculate.
How is a vasectomy performed?
During a no-scalpal vasectomy, your specialist will shave your scrotal region and administer a local anesthetic. Using a minuscule blade to create an incision, your specialist will remove a portion of the vas deferens, a tube that carries sperm to the urethra, on each end. The incisions will then be closed with dissolvable stitches.
The procedure generally lasts under 20 minutes and you will be able to go home immediately following the surgery.
What is the recovery time?
Post-procedure, you will be required to rest for a few days and abstain from strenuous activity and exercise for a week. You can expect to experience some pain the first day and will be instructed to ice your scrotal region for 24 hours after the surgery. You may then elect to take an over the counter pain reliever if discomfort remains. If you wear boxer shorts, you will need to switch to snugly fitting underwear for several days.
You will need to take a mail-in semen analysis about a week after the vasectomy to ensure your sample is sterile. Once your test results are confirmed, you should be able to safely resume sexual activity without the need for other forms of birth control. It is important to remember that a vasectomy does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases, so protection is still recommended if you are engaging in sexual activity with untested partners.
A few months after your vasectomy, your specialist will have you come back to ensure your healing is complete.