Vasectomy

A permanent pregnancy prevention solution for men

A surgical procedure for providing a permanent contraceptive solution

A vasectomy is a contraceptive method suitable for men who are sure they don't want anymore children.

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. 

The procedure 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.

 

Effectiveness

Over 99%

Availability

Vasectomy procedures are available at select locations.

Pricing

Please contact our team for more information about pricing.

If you or your partner are thinking about having a vasectomy it's a good idea to have a full consultation.

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Advantages of a vasectomy

A vasectomy can offer several advantages compared with other contraceptive methods, including:

  • A man can have a vasectomy at any time.
  • It is a permanent method of contraception, so you do not need to remember to use contraception again to prevent pregnancy.
  • It doesn’t interrupt sex or affect your sex life. A man’s sex drive after a vasectomy will be the same as before. After a vasectomy a man can still have an erection and experience an orgasm.
  • A vasectomy has no physical side effects for the man, other than preventing him from getting his partner pregnant.

These benefits come from a successful vasectomy procedure performed by a trained provider.

Things to consider

When deciding if a vasectomy is right for you, here are a few quick facts you should consider:

  • A vasectomy requires a surgical operation. Like any operation it has risks but it is very rare for something to go wrong.
  • As a vasectomy is permanent you should only choose vasectomy if you do not want children or have completed your family. You cannot change your mind once the operation is done.
  • A vasectomy does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.

In case of any questions or doubts before opting for this method, we advise consulting a doctor or arranging a meeting with our clinic staff.

How a vasectomy works

A vasectomy involves closing the tubes that carry sperm from the man’s testicles.

Closing the tubes means there is no sperm to fertilise the woman’s egg during sex. The tubes normally deliver sperm into and from a man’s penis when he ejaculates, so preventing this process is a highly effective contraceptive method. It will not affect you or your partner's ability to have an orgasm or your sex drive.

A vasectomy is a simple surgical procedure that can be done in several ways. Typically a small cut is made in the scrotum, the tubes identified and then cut or sealed.

A vasectomy is not effective immediately. Another contraceptive must be used for the first three months after a vasectomy while remaining sperm are cleared beyond the area where his tubes were blocked.

Contraception methods at a glance

Oral contraceptive pill

The contraceptive pill is a short-acting contraceptive method.

Contraceptive pills contain hormones, similar to those naturally produced by a woman’s body. The pill needs to be taken at the same time every day to effectively prevent pregnancy. It’s ability to prevent pregnancy depends on a person using it correctly.

Condoms

Condoms are a barrier contraception method for preventing pregnancy and STIs.

When used correctly, condoms are highly effective. Condoms are also the only contraceptive method that protect against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV and syphilis.

Contraceptive implant

The implant is a highly effective, long-acting and reversible method of contraception.

It consists of either 1 or 2 small plastic rods that are placed in the upper arm and, depending on the product used, is effective at preventing pregnancy for 3 to 5 years.

Injectable

The injectable or contraceptive injection is an effective, long-acting and reversible method of contraception.

It works by releasing a hormone that stops eggs being released by the body. Injectables are highly effective, lasting 2 to 3 months (depending on the type used), but women must remember to return for another injection around this time or risk not being protected from pregnancy.

Intrauterine device

The IUD is a highly effective (99%), long-acting and reversible method of contraception.

It is a small, T-shaped device that is made from plastic and copper and works by stopping a man's sperm from meeting an egg and/or by stopping an egg implanting in the uterus. The procedure for inserting an IUD is simple, only taking a few minutes by a trained person. 

Tubal ligation

Tubal ligation is a permanent, irreversible contraceptive solution for women.

It is suitable for women who are sure they don't want anymore children.

The method involves a short surgical procedure, performed by a highly trained doctor that prevents woman's eggs and the man's sperm meeting, so a pregnancy can't occur.

Vasectomy aftercare

Recovery after a vasectomy is generally quick with a few minor considerations.

Generally, most men will feel some mild discomfort, swelling and bruising of your scrotum for a few days after the vasectomy. If you have pain or discomfort, you can take painkillers. Contact us or your doctor for advice if you are still experiencing excessive pain after taking painkillers.

Keeping the area supported, such as wearing tighter fitting underwear can help ease comfort of the area. It's also important to keep your genital area clean and dry (including a daily change of underwear).

You can begin having sex again as soon as it is comfortable to do so. However, you will still have sperm in your semen immediately after the operation, as it takes time to clear the remaining sperm in your tubes. It takes an average of 20-30 ejaculations to clear the tubes of sperm. 

Once the operation has been carried out successfully and semen tests have shown that there is no sperm present, long-term partners may not need to use other forms of contraception to prevent pregnancy. Remember that a vasectomy will not protect you from STIs.

Recovering from a vasectomy? Make sure to book a follow-up appointment to test sperm is no longer present.

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