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A vasectomy is a safe and permanent form of male contraception that involves surgically cutting or blocking the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles. With a high success rate of 99.85% around 500,000 men in the US have the procedure done each year.

Although a vasectomy may be reversed it is recommended for only men or couples that have decided not to have any more kids.

Male Contraception Infographic

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There are many reasons why a vasectomy is the preferred contraception method for men.

  1. Most reliable form of birth control (99.85%)
  2. Least expensive (over time)
  3. Simple procedure
  4. It provides a lifetime of contraception
  5. Doesn’t affect hormones or performance
  6. Gives you control over your own birth control
  7. Proven to be safe and effective

What happens during a vasectomy? (or what to expect)

The no scalpel vasectomy is done with local anesthesia. Once the vas deferens is located a very small incision is made in the scrotal skin. A segment of the vas deferens is removed, cauterized and clipped. The vas deferens is returned to its natural position in the scrotum. The small is incision is dressed for protection and recovery. The procedure is only about 20-30 minutes with a recovery time of 1-3 days.

How long is the recovery time?

A vasectomy is a highly successful, simple, outpatient procedure with very few complications and a quick recovery time. The procedure itself is about 30 minutes. Following the procedure, you should be able to return to work after 48 hours of rest. Recovery time will vary with each patient, but most will fully recover in 8-9 days.

What are the success rates?

Vasectomies are very successful.  Only 1-2000 women becoming pregnant the first year following a vasectomy.

Will a vasectomy effect sexual function?

Sexual function including desire, erection and ejaculation are not affected by a vasectomy. A vasectomy is only blocking the sperm cells from entering the semen.

Does it hurt?

The no scalpel method provides a more comfortable experience.

There may be discomfort following a vasectomy, but it should not be painful. Most patients report minimal discomfort. Everyone is unique with some patients being more sensitive to pain and discomfort. A completely pain free vasectomy cannot be guaranteed by anyone.

If I change my mind can I get a vasectomy reversal?

It is important that patients consider a vasectomy to be permanent. However, if a patient or couples changes their mind you may elect to have a vasectomy reversal.

Before getting a vasectomy, you may choose to bank some of your sperm for unplanned life changes.

Our Board Certified urologist, Dr. Martin Wall has been performing successful vasectomy reversals for over 15 years. He sees patients at both our Bellevue and Issaquah locations. To schedule a consult please call us at (425) 454-8016.