What is a Vasectomy?

What is a Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a procedure that prevents a man from being able to father children.  It is a permanent form of birth control. 

A vasectomy works by removing a small section of the vas deferens tubes and sealing off their ends, preventing sperms from ever reaching the seaman.  This is why it is a permanent form of birth control, once all the old seaman has been cleared from the body.

Is a Vasectomy Right for Me?

A vasectomy is meant to be a permanent form of birth control for men. It’s important to think carefully before deciding if it’s the right choice for you.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Family Planning:
    If you’re contemplating expanding your family in the future, it’s important to recognize that a vasectomy is generally considered permanent, however, our urologist specializes in vasectomy reversals, offering alternatives for future family planning.
  • Alternative Birth Control:
    There are various birth control methods available. Talk to your doctor about options like condoms, birth control pills, or intrauterine devices (IUDs). These can be temporary and offer flexibility if your plans change.
  • Partner’s Involvement:
    If you’re in a serious relationship, it’s important to discuss this decision with your partner. Make sure you’re both on the same page about family planning and the impact of a vasectomy on your future.
  • Professional Guidance:
    Feeling unsure? That’s okay. Schedule a meeting with a healthcare professional. They can answer your questions, explain the procedure, and help you make an informed decision.

Vasectomy Reversals

Curious if vasectomy reversal is possible? Our accomplished urologist specializes in performing vasectomy reversals, offering a viable option for those exploring family expansion. Discuss your individual needs with our expert urologist for more personalized guidance.

Top Benefits of a Vasectomy

A vasectomy has many benefits that can make it a great choice for some men.

Here are the top 10 benefits to consider:

  1. Effective Birth Control:
    After a vasectomy, you won’t need to worry about causing a pregnancy anymore. It’s a reliable way to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
  2. Enjoy Sex More:
    Without the worry of pregnancy, you can enjoy intimacy with your partner more freely and without stress.
  3. Permanent Solution:
    Once you have a vasectomy, it’s a permanent decision. You won’t need to think about birth control again.
  4. Simple Procedure:
    The vasectomy procedure is simple and usually doesn’t take long. It’s done in a doctor’s office or clinic.
  5. Fast Process:
    Getting a vasectomy is a fast process. The procedure itself is quick, and you can usually go back to your regular activities within a few days.
  6. Affordable Option:
    Compared to the costs of other birth control methods, a vasectomy is often more affordable in the long run.
  7. Safe Choice:
    Vasectomies have been performed for many years and are considered safe by medical experts.
  8. Fast Recovery:
    Most men recover quickly, returning to work in a couple of days and resuming sexual activity after one week.
  9. Low Long-Term Risks:
    After a vasectomy, there are usually no long-term risks or health problems to worry about.

How the Vasectomy Procedure Works

When you decide to have a vasectomy, here is what you can expect:

 When you Arrive:

  • Take the time to discuss any concerns or questions you might have with the medical staff.
  • Change into a gown and lie down on the operating table.
  • If you’re feeling anxious, you can choose to be sedated, which will help calm your mind and nerves while you remain awake. Complete sedation is also available, though not necessary.
  • Local anesthetics will be applied to the scrotum area to numb it and minimize any discomfort during the procedure.

With a Scalpel Procedure:

  • The doctor will make 1-2 small incisions in the scrotum.
  • Through these incisions, the vas deferens tubes are gently pulled out.
  • A small section of the tubes is removed, and the ends are stitched or cauterized.
  • The vas deferens tubes are then placed back into the scrotum, and the incisions are stitched closed.

No-Scalpel Procedure:

Many men prefer the non-scalpel approach due to its quickness, effectiveness, and short recovery time.

  • Instead of a scalpel, a specialized instrument is used to puncture the scrotum and access the vas deferens.
  • From there, the procedure continues as usual.

Procedure Duration:

  • The entire procedure typically takes between 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the approach used and individual factors.

Unfounded Concerns

When considering a vasectomy, it’s important to separate unfounded concerns from actual risks.

Here are some common unfounded concerns that you may come across:

  • Loss of masculinity or sexual function: Vasectomy does not affect your masculinity or sexual function. It only blocks the sperm from entering the semen, but it doesn’t change the production of hormones or the ability to have an erection or enjoy sex.
  • Increased risk of prostate cancer: Multiple studies have shown that there is no association between vasectomy and an increased risk of prostate cancer.
  • Chronic pain: While some men may experience temporary and usually minor discomfort or pain after a vasectomy, chronic pain is extremely rare.
  • Hormonal changes: Vasectomy does not alter your hormonal balance.
  • Increased risk of heart disease or other health problems: No scientific evidence supports a link between vasectomy and an increased risk of heart disease or other health problems.

Our Vasectomy Providers

Our Vasectomy Location

Franklin County Specialty Clinic
64 N 1st E, Preston, ID 83263
Second Floor, Suite 200
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
(208) 852-3662