Vasectomy: A Quick and Easy Birth Control

Vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure to cut or block the vas deferens. The vas deferens is a tube that runs from the scrotum which holds the testes in which sperm is manufactured and connects with the seminal vesicles to form the ejaculatory duct. When the vas deferens is cut or blocked during a vasectomy, sperm cannot reach the semen produced in the seminal vesicles. The result is that the semen discharged when a man ejaculates does not have sperm in it. Without sperm, there can be no pregnancy. So a vasectomy is considered one of the most effective methods of birth control.

A vasectomy can be done in two ways:

1. No scalpel Vasectomy. In this procedure, a urologist feels the scrotum and finds the vas deferens. Once the vas deferens can be felt, a clamp is placed on it to hold it in place. A hole is made in the skin and the vas deferens is lifted out. It is cut and the separate ends are tied and put back into place.

2. Conventional Vasectomy. Small incisions are made on each side of the scrotum. The vas deferens is then cut and a small piece of it may be taken out. The separate ends are then tied or seared. This procedure often requires the use of an anesthetic.

The procedure takes about thirty minutes. The outcome, however, takes a while to be realized. Most professionals advise that it takes about three months, or at least 15-20 ejaculations, for semen to become completely sperm free. Before then, it may be advisable to use other forms of birth control. Aftercare usually requires mild pain medication and wearing supportive underwear. Ice packs also can help with the pain. Most men recover within one week.

What to consider before undergoing a Vasectomy

The high success rate of a vasectomy requires absolute certainty on the part of the man that he does not wish to have any more children. In instances in which the man is married, it is necessary for him to discuss the matter with his spouse. A vasectomy is widely considered to be irreversible. When it is reversible, the procedure is sensitive and difficult.

The importance of having the advice of a urologist before, during and after the procedure cannot be understated. Qualified urologists can be found in most hospitals and the search for one can be undertaken online. The Advanced Urology Institute runs a site with very relevant information and this can be a good place to start. For more information on vasectomy, visit the “Advanced Urology Institute” site.

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