CHICAGO, IL — Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) has launched no-scalpel vasectomy permanent sterilization services for men at the Near North Health Center located at 1200 N. LaSalle St. (corner of LaSalle and Division).
No-scalpel vasectomy is a non-surgical procedure providing permanent birth control for men. Since it was introduced in the United States in the 1980’s, thousands of men who have completed their families or don’t want to have a child biologically in the future – due to personal preference, a partner’s health risks or the fear of passing on a hereditary illness or disability – have chosen no-scalpel vasectomy as their form of birth control.
“We’re thrilled to expand access to birth control options for men in the Chicago area,” said Carole Brite, PPIL President and CEO, “Vasectomies are extremely effective and are an essential component to providing a full range of comprehensive birth control services for men and women.”
No-scalpel vasectomies are over 99% effective in permanent sterilization. During a no-scalpel vasectomy, the vas tubes that bring sperm from the testes to the semen are blocked through a small incision on the scrotum, preventing pregnancy. There is no change in sex drive, no change in climax sensation and no change in erections.
“No-scalpel vasectomy is a safe and easy outpatient procedure,” said Kai Tao, Vice President of Clinical Operations. “Patients are provided with anesthesia and numbing medication to make the procedure virtually painless. There is little recovery time and most men return to work the next day.”
Sterilization is not immediately effective. It takes 8 to 16 weeks or 12 to 20 ejaculations for the sperm to completely leave the semen. A follow-up test is performed three months after the procedure to confirm sterilization.
PPIL offers no-scalpel vasectomy, including pain medications and follow-up appointments for less than the cost of private doctors and much less than the lifetime cost of contraception for the female partner. Many private insurance companies cover the service. Some men may qualify for further discounts.
PPIL is now accepting patients for no-scalpel vasectomy services. To make an appointment for a consultation call 800-230-PLAN or visit www.ppil.org.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) provides affordably-priced, high-quality reproductive health care services to women and families throughout Illinois. Through health care services, educational programs and advocacy efforts, PPIL works to ensure and protect the reproductive rights of each individual. For more information, visit www.ppil.org.