Vasectomy is the common name for male sterilisation. It's a popular method of family planning chosen by millions of men worldwide. It's safe, effective and offers a permanent solution to contraceptive needs.
Vasectomy is a simple procedure where a surgeon seals the sperm-carrying tubes (called vas deferens) to prevent sperm entering the fluid which a man ejaculates. It takes about 15 minutes, and is one of the most effective methods of contraception that exists - the failure rate is approximately 1 man in 2000. After a vasectomy the testicles will continue to produce sperm as normal, but the sperm cannot enter the tubes and is simply absorbed into the body. You will still form an ejaculate after a vasectomy, but it will not contain sperm.
Male sterilisation advantages
Vasectomy is a permanent solution.
Having a vasectomy has no effect on your hormones, orgasm or ejaculation so there's no reason why a vasectomy should affect your sex life.
Things to consider
Only choose sterilisation if you do not want children or have completed your family. We do advise that anyone under the age of 25 has counselling before proceeding
Unlike condoms, male sterilisation offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections.
The incidence of infection is rare. However it is always a possibility after any surgery but is easily resolved with antibiotics from your doctor.
A very small number of men (1 in 2000) have been known to experience long term testicular pain following a vasectomy, which may require follow-up treatment.
There will be a short recovery time after your operation, during which we advise you follow our vasectomy aftercare advice. You will need to care for your wound and refrain from strenuous physical activity for at least two weeks.
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