Five things you should know about a vasectomy

September 15 2021   |   News

The decision to have a vasectomy is a big step and one which needs to be weighed carefully before committing to the procedure – but having made that choice, it’s a straightforward path towards a reliable form of contraception (over 99% reliable).

There is absolutely nothing to worry about in having this minor surgery – it is quite simply one of the quickest and easiest of medical procedures which will have no impact on your health – but there are things to consider before pressing ahead. Here are five things to think about:

  • Make sure it’s the right decision at the right time – A vasectomy could be the ideal solution in terms of birth control if you and your partner have the family you need and have no plans for anymore children. It could also be an important step in protecting your partner’s health in certain circumstances and in preventing passing on genetic disorders.

Partnerships change, however, and if you are uncertain about future family planning or think you might end up in a relationship which might lead to a desire for children, then we advise against having a vasectomy.

  • Safe and effective surgery – There is no safer form of contraception for a man than having a vasectomy. It is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and is a short procedure, allowing men to go home on the same day and generally return to work and exercise within a week.
  • Normal sex – A vasectomy will not affect your ability to have sex or alter your performance. It does NOT result in impotency, have any change on your sex drive, and sexual activity can usually be resumed after a week.
  • Minor surgery – A vasectomy involves minimally invasive surgery and is carried out under local anaesthetic.
  • Contraception – We have already established that a vasectomy is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, but you will need to continue using other forms of contraception in the short-term. This is to ensure all sperm is eradicated from your semen, which could take up to four months. We will carry out a semen analysis for you 16 weeks after your vasectomy to ensure your semen is sperm free.