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Vasectomy

What is a Vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a quick and relatively painless surgical procedure which ensures permanent sterilisation in men. The tubes that carry sperm from a man's testicles to the penis are cut, blocked or sealed with heat. You will be able to return home the same day. 

A vasectomy has no effect on sex drive or ability to enjoy sex. You will still have erections and ejaculate normally. The only difference is that your semen will not contain sperm.  

Your appointment at LivingCare

The procedure involves the skin of the scrotum being numbed with a local anaesthetic to prevent any pain. Small incisions are made on each side of the scrotum through which the surgeon can reach the vas deferens tubes. Each tube is cut and a small section removed, then the ends are sealed. The incisions are then stitched. The operation will take between 15 and 30 minutes. The stiches will dissolve and will not need to be removed. 

It’s common to have some mild discomfort, swelling and bruising of your scrotum for a few days after the vasectomy. If you have pain or discomfort, you can take painkillers, such as paracetamol

Contact your GP for advice if you are still experiencing considerable pain despite taking painkillers.

 

It’s common to have blood in your semen in the first few ejaculations after a vasectomy, which is not harmful.

Wearing close-fitting underwear, such as Y-fronts, during the day and at night will help to support your scrotum and will also help ease any discomfort or swelling.

It is usually safe for you to have a bath or shower after your operation – check with your doctor what is suitable for you. Make sure you dry your genital area gently and thoroughly. 

You can have sex again as soon as it is comfortable to do so, although it is best to wait for a couple of days. However, you will still have sperm in your semen immediately after the operation, as it takes time to clear the remaining sperm in your tubes. It takes an average of 20-30 ejaculations to clear the tubes of sperm. You will need to use another method of contraception until you have had a clear semen test.

Once the operation has been carried out successfully and semen tests have shown that there is no sperm present, long-term partners may not need to use other forms of contraception.

 

Your vasectomy procedure will be held at:

Thorpe Park Clinic

Fountain Medical Centre

Northgate Medical Centre