What to Expect from a Vasectomy

What a Vasectomy Is Not:

  • A local anesthetic is used. In experienced hands, the vasectomy procedure with the use of the "No-Needle Technique" is completely pain free.
  • It isn't as invasive as the corresponding procedure for women - tubal ligation.
  • It isn't a solution for sexual or marital problems.
  • It shouldn't be considered uniformly reversible.

What Vasectomy Doesn't Do:

  • It doesn't affect male hormone levels, since testosterone is released into the bloodstream, not through the vas.
  • It doesn't affect sexual function. Vasectomy doesn't reduce sex drive or sensation. The semen appears the same, though the sperm cells are missing.
  • It doesn't protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Vasectomy also doesn't make you sterile immediately, because sperm stored in the lower part of the vas deferens may be viable for many weeks after vasectomy.
    That's why sperm counts are not taken until at least 6 weeks after the operation.

You may have some questions. You may know someone who experienced prolonged pain and swelling after the procedure? Fortunately, that is very uncommon in Dr. Benderev's practice.

You may have heard of someone who had the procedure reversed? This works many times, but you can't count on it. A vasectomy should be considered permanent. If you want a reversible birth control method, please see the "Alternatives" section for additional information.

Is the procedure guaranteed 100% effective? No. On rare occasions, sperm may find their way across the two ends of the vas deferens, which explains the importance of semen inspection after the procedure.

 

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