Basic Facts of Vasectomy Procedures
- During a vasectomy procedure, the ends of the vas deferentia, the tubes which the sperm pass through into ejaculate, are severed and tied to prevent the flow of the sperm.
- A vasectomy is a permanent form of male birth control that sterilizes a man to prevent him from fathering a child.
- A vasectomy is an extremely safe procedure, and will not interfere with a man's sexual pleasure during intercourse.
- During a vasectomy the tubes which carry the sperm, the vas deferentia are first severed, then cauterized and tied to prevent sperm movement.
- It is possible to have a vasectomy reversed to restore fertility. This is especially easy if the vasectomy has been performed recently.
A vasectomy surgery is a minor procedure that simply and safely severs, cauterizes and ties the ends of the vas deferentia. These are the tubes that allow the sperm to pass into ejaculate. Once a vasectomy is performed, the flow of sperm is prevented from exiting the testicles. This will have no negative affects on the man and will not affect his testosterone level or his sex life. The man will also continue to be able to have a normal erection and a normal ejaculation. There is also no effect on the man's overall health.
A man desiring to have a vasectomy has to options for his procedure, a traditional vasectomy and the newer no-scalpel vasectomy. Both procedures are equally affective and only take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Further more; a vasectomy can possibly be reversible. This outpatient procedure is called a vasovasostomy and is a procedure that reconnects the vas deferentia tubes. This procedure however, is not always successful, so if you are considering a vasectomy you should not assume that it is completely reversible.
When a man decides to have a vasectomy, he will first meet with his physician who will counsel both the patient and his partner if he has one about their desire to not have any further children. The physician will then examine the man's general health and thoroughly examine the testicles and the scrotum to check for any abnormalities. They will also want to ensure that each vas deferentia is easily felt.
Before the vasectomy or vasovasostomy procedure, the physician will have the patient stop taking any form of aspirin. The reason for this is that taking aspirin can cause excessive bleeding, so it is best to stop taking them for up to 10 days before the surgery. The physician will also give the patient instructions on what he needs to do on the day of surgery. The patient will be instructed to thoroughly cleanse the genital area before coming to the office. They will also be required to bring an athletic supporter for them to wear home. Once the patient arrives for the procedure, the nurse will then shave the patient's scrotal area to prepare for surgical procedure.
What to Expect During a Vasectomy
Traditional Vasectomy-During a traditional vasectomy, the patient is given anesthetic via a needle. Then, one or two small incisions are made on each side of the scrotum. The physician will then pull the vas deferentia through the small incisions and sever and tie the ends.
No-Scalpel Vasectomy-The physician will feel for the vas deferentia under the skin and use a small clamp to keep them in place. He will then make a tiny hole in the skin to allow him to pull out the tubes to sever them and cauterize or tie them.
Both the traditional and no-scalpel vasectomy procedures are effective and safe types of surgeries.