What is a Vasectomy?
Vasectomy is minor surgery in which the tubes that carry the sperm from the testicles to the penis are cut. This method of contraception is sometimes also called sterilisation or ‘the snip’.
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How Does a Vasectomy Work?
A vasectomy works by stopping the sperm travelling through the tubes from the testicles (where the sperm are made) to the penis.
As semen is mostly made up of fluid that is produced outside of the testicles, the amount of semen you ejaculate should not change. However, the semen will no longer contain any sperm.
If the vasectomy is successful, then there should be no sperm present in your semen around three months after the procedure. In one in five men, it can take longer for the sperm to clear.
You will need to continue sperm tests every few months until you get the ‘all clear’.
In some cases a vasectomy can be successfully reversed, but the success of this procedure is not guaranteed.
What Happens When You Have a Vasectomy?
Most people who have a vasectomy have it done using local anaesthetic, but it can also be done using general anaesthetic. The procedure takes approximately 15 – 30 minutes.
A vasectomy is a small cut of one to two centimetres made on each side of the scrotum to access the tubes that carry sperm out of the testicles.
Subsequent steps in the vasectomy are the same for each method:
Once the tubes are located by the doctor, they are cut and a small piece of tissue is removed.
• The ends of the tubes are then sealed with a stitch or using diathermy (heat).
• Sometimes the surgeon will place surrounding tissue between the two ends of the cut tubes, to increase the chance of the vasectomy working
How Effective is a Vasectomy?
If you have unprotected sex before you are sure if the vasectomy worked, your partner may become pregnant.
It is recommended that you and your partner continue to use another form of contraception until you are sure that the vasectomy worked. It is very uncommon for a vasectomy to stop working.
What Are The Advantages of Having a Vasectomy?
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Is very effective
Is a quick and simple procedure
Is permanent (lasts forever)
Can be low cost compared to purchasing other contraceptive methods effective
Allows your partner to stop taking other types of contraception to prevent pregnancy.
Does not affect your ability to enjoy sex or reach orgasm
What is the Cost of the Procedure?
Payment is required at the time of your visit. We accept cash, credit card and EFTPOS.
In most cases patients with Private Health Insurance have the full cost of the procedure covered.