A vasectomy is a reliable, safe, and permanent way to prevent pregnancy without affecting any other aspects of your sex life. The team at Urology Group of Florida perform no-scalpel vasectomies, a simple, less invasive alternative to traditional surgical vasectomies.
Vasectomy Q & A
What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy prevents sperm from leaving the testes by cutting the vas deferens, the duct that carries sperm. After a vasectomy, you will retain full sexual function, but your semen will no longer contain sperm, effectively preventing pregnancy.
Vasectomies are designed to be permanent, and they have a nearly 100% success rate. It’s sometimes possible to reverse a vasectomy; however, if you’re sure you won’t want to conceive a child in the future, a vasectomy is a simple, minimally invasive form of fertility control.
At Advanced Urology Group of Florida, the doctors perform no-scalpel vasectomies, a technique that minimizes pain and recovery time.
Will a vasectomy interfere with sexual activity?
One advantage of a vasectomy is that your sex life will remain virtually the same, except that you won’t have to worry about an unwanted pregnancy. A vasectomy won’t reduce your sex drive, and you’ll be able to achieve orgasm and ejaculate just as you did before. The only difference is your semen won’t contain sperm.
Can a vasectomy prevent STDs?
A vasectomy cannot prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Many STDs spread through skin-to-skin contact, and semen can still carry disease even if it doesn’t contain sperm. You’ll still need to follow the same precautions you do now to practice safe sex, including using condoms.
What can I expect from a no-scalpel vasectomy?
The doctors at Urology Group of Florida perform no-scalpel vasectomies, a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgical vasectomy. Rather than making incisions, a no-scalpel vasectomy involves a tiny puncture in the vas deferens, through which your doctor ties off the tubes. The puncture heals quickly and doesn’t require any stitches.
Your doctor will provide local anesthesia for the procedure, and the whole thing takes only about 15-30 minutes.
Though the procedure causes minimal discomfort, you may feel some soreness afterward, and you’ll want to set aside at least a day to rest. It typically takes about a week to recover fully from your no-scalpel vasectomy, and you should avoid sex and any strenuous physical activity during that time.
A vasectomy won’t immediately remove the sperm from your semen. In most cases, it takes between 15 and 20 ejaculations to clear out any remaining sperm. Your doctor will test your semen to see if it still contains sperm at a follow-up appointment. Until your doctor confirms that your semen is free of sperm, you should continue to use a backup method of birth control.