A vasectomy aims to make a man sterile by interrupting the vas deferens. These are the tubes that carry sperm from the testes. Small incisions are made over the scrotum, which allow for a segment of the vas to be removed. This is a day case procedure, and absorbable (dissolving) stitches are used to close the skin.
The operation is confirmed as being successful by a laboratory examination of the semen, to ensure there is a zero sperm count. This is usually conducted three months after surgery, and after a minimum of 20 ejaculations. It is important to continue contraceptive measures until this test shows the operation has been successful.
The operation should have no effect on sexual function, erectile function, or risk of prostate cancer.
We are happy to discuss the procedure so you and your partner are well informed on making a decision regarding contraception.
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