What is a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a minor same-day surgical procedure in which the deferens, or the tubes that carry sperm away from the testicle to be added to semen, are cut or blocked. This form of permanent male birth control is the safest and most common, with about 500,000 vasectomies done in the U.S. each year. Once the vas deferens are cut of blocked, you will continue to have normal erections, sexual intercourse, and ejaculation but will not be able to father children. There is no change in sexual desire or libido following a vasectomy.
What to Expect
Most vasectomies are outpatient procedures done with local anesthesia. This means there’s nothing for you to do to prepare. At Philadelphia Urology Associates we have a method called No-scapel vasectomy, which unlike a traditional vasectomies only requires tiny incisions, making it a much less-invasive approach. The puncture site can be covered with dressing and requires no stitches.
After your vasectomy you may feel some mild discomfort in the area, which can usually be relieved with an athletic support, ice pack or nonprescription pain medication. You doctor may recommend you avoid strenuous activity or sex for several days.
After vasectomies it is important to note that it will take from one to six months for all living sperm to pass out of your reproductive tract. Your doctor will be able to tell you through a semen sample when you are sperm-free.
The doctors at Philadelphia Urology Associates have performed this procedure successfully on hundreds of patients. If you're considering a vasectomy, contact us today to set up an appointment to see it is right for you.