A vasectomy is a simple surgical procedure to eliminate the chances of causing pregnancy. During this operation, the tubes that carry sperm from the scrotum are blocked or cut to prevent sperm from leaving the body. These tubes are called the vas deferens.
Vasectomies are meant to be a permanent birth control method. While they are reversible, fertility is restored in only about 80% of successful vasectomy reversals. You shouldn’t consider a vasectomy if there’s a possibility you may change your mind about having children in the future.
For a woman’s egg to be fertilized, it must come in contact with a man’s sperm. Your testicles make sperm. After it’s made, sperm travels from the testicles through two tubes called the vas deferens. As it moves through the vas deferens, the sperm mixes with other fluids and makes semen.
The fluid part of semen doesn’t cause pregnancy; it must contain sperm from the testicles. When the vas deferens is blocked or cut, the sperm is unable to leave the testicles, and your body reabsorbs it. Approximately three months after your vasectomy, your semen will no longer contain sperm.
A vasectomy does not prevent semen from leaving your body upon ejaculation, and it doesn’t affect the feeling of your orgasms.
There are two popular types of vasectomies commonly used today. The incision method involves making one or two incisions in the scrotum to access the vas deferens. Summit Urology utilizes the No-Scalpel technique, a simple and less-invasive surgical option using a single puncture.
The No-Scalpel approach requires no stitches or sutures and is less traumatic for the vas deferens. The results include less pain and fewer postoperative complications. To ensure your comfort, your urologist performs your No-Scalpel vasectomy using a local anesthetic. It takes approximately 30 minutes.
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