Vasectomy Education 101

Background: 

With a 99% effective rate, the vasectomy is a great birth control option that can be performed in the comfort of our office in about 20 minutes. Should you desire a full sedation during your procedure, you and Dr. Kenneson may decide to head to the hospital's operating room. Nearly 500,000 men opt for a vasectomy each year. Apart from abstinence, a vasectomy prevents pregnancy better than any other method of birth control.

The Process:

So what does a vasectomy entail exactly? Essentially, sperm is blocked from reaching the semen that is ejaculated. So while semen still exists, it will have no sperm in it. After a vasectomy, the testes still make sperm, they are just soaked up by the body and not ejacualated with the semen. TIP: It is a great idea to wear sweatpants, or loose fitting pants with a drawstring of some sort to your appointment. That way, you won’t have to struggle slipping back into tighter pants and you will be ahead of the game when it comes to optimum comfort.

Recoving:

After the vasectomy, mild pain meds may be needed to take care of any discomfort or pain. It is important to follow the doctor’s orders for pain management to help keep you as comfortable and relaxed as possible during your recovery. Severe pain may suggest infection or other problems, and you should see your urologist. You may experience some mild pain but this usually gets better with time, cold compresses, wearing a supportive undergarment and rest. Most men heal fully in less than a week. Many men are able to return to their job as early as the next day.

In terms of sex, it is important to know that a vasectomy does not work right away because there will still be lots of sperm in the pipeline so to say that takes time to clear. After the vasectomy, new sperm won't be able to get into the semen and you will have to follow up with your urologist for semen analysis to check for sperm in your ejaculate. Most urologists suggest waiting to check for semen for at least 3 months after the procedure. While sex can often be resumed within a week after the vasectomy, during this time you should use other forms of birth control until your vasectomy is proven effective.

If you or a loved one have any questions or would like to schedule a vasectomy consult, please contact our office at 904.644.8252 today!

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