A vasectomy is a highly effective, low-risk way to permanently avoid unwanted pregnancy. If you’re considering a vasectomy, Urological Associates offers both traditional and no-scalpel vasectomies. Our highly trained urologists provide the highest quality urological care in a compassionate, patient-centered environment.

To find out if a vasectomy is right for you, call Urological Associates or book an appointment online today.

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FAQs on Vasectomy

What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a long-term form of male birth control that prevents sperm from entering the semen. Vasectomies are nearly 100% effective, and offer you a reliable alternative to condoms and other forms of birth control.

Are vasectomies safe?

A vasectomy is a safe and effective procedure that doctors perform on more than 500,000 men in the United States every year. Although both traditional and no-scalpel vasectomies are low-risk procedures, no-scalpel vasectomies typically cause less pain and bleeding and have a lower risk of infection.

What is a no-scalpel vasectomy?

A no-scalpel vasectomy is an innovative procedure that does not require large incisions by making a small puncture in the scrotum.

What should I expect during a vasectomy?

If you’re getting a traditional vasectomy, your urologist begins the procedure by making an incision at the top of your scrotum. If you’re getting a no-scalpel vasectomy, your urologist uses a small needle to make a puncture hole in your scrotum.

The doctor then locates the tube that carries sperm to your semen (vas deferens), cut it, seal off the ends, and close your incision or puncture hole. Vasectomies occur under anesthesia and typically take no more than 30 minutes.

What are the risks of getting a vasectomy?

Getting a vasectomy comes with very few risks. Much like any procedure, vasectomies come with the potential risk of infection. Complications are rare, and for most men, vasectomies don’t cause any lasting side effects. 

The biggest risk of a vasectomy is changing your mind about the procedure later in life. Although a reversal is possible, by design, vasectomies are permanent, and vasectomy reversals aren’t always successful. If you’re considering a vasectomy, it’s best to wait until you’re sure about not adding to your family.

Will a vasectomy affect my sex life?

Many men worry about changes to their sexual functions after a vasectomy. A vasectomy won’t affect your sexual health or performance in any way. After the procedure, sexual intercourse is the same as it was prior to your vasectomy.

When is it safe to have unprotected sex after a vasectomy?

You won’t experience the benefits of your vasectomy immediately. After the procedure, you need to wait a few weeks and ejaculate up to 15 times to clear the sperm from your semen. 

After about 12 weeks, your urologist will schedule a follow-up semen analysis to ensure there is no more sperm present.