Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Program

Vasectomy

vasectomy

Vasectomy is one of the safest and most effective methods of birth control which involves cutting and closing the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles; see Normal male genital tract).  Each year, approximately 500,000 men in the United States utilize vasectomy for birth control.

One common misconception is that a vasectomy will negatively impact a man’s health.  A vasectomy does not appreciably change the ejaculate volume (<10 percent), affect sexual performance or function, nor cause problems with a man’s overall health.

Our experts perform both the standard and no-scalpel vasectomy. 

The outpatient procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and is performed in our clinic. Men are asked to avoid strenuous activity for 24 to 48 hours afterwards. They may return to work as soon as the next day.  After vasectomy, a man is still considered sterile until his sperm count falls to zero which generally takes two to three months. Thus, birth control should still be utilized until a sperm count is performed. While vasectomy reversal is often effective at restoring fertility, a man should consider this a permanent solution.

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