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What is a Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a simple surgery done by a provider in an office, hospital, or clinic. The small tubes in your scrotum that carry sperm are cut or blocked off, so sperm can’t leave your body and cause pregnancy. The procedure is very quick, and you can go home the same day. And it’s extremely effective at preventing pregnancy — almost 100%.

There are two types of vasectomies: the incision method, and the no-scalpel (no-cut) method. No-cut methods lower the risk of infection and other complications, and generally take less time to heal.

Vasectomies are meant to be permanent — so they usually can’t be reversed. You should only get a vasectomy if you’re 100% positive you don’t want to be able to get someone pregnant for the rest of your life.

The term “vasectomy” comes from the name of the tubes in your scrotum that are blocked during the procedure: vas deferens.

How is a Vasectomy Performed?

There are two types of vasectomies: one that requires an incision (a cut in your skin), and one that’s incision-free (no-scalpel or no-cut). PPGP offers the incision-free procedure.

What Happens During a No-Scalpel Vasectomy?

The provider makes one tiny puncture (hole) to reach both vas deferens tubes — the skin of your scrotum isn’t cut with a scalpel. Your tubes are then tied off, cauterized, or blocked. The small puncture heals quickly. You won’t need stitches, and there’s no scarring.

No-scalpel methods — also called no-cut or no-incision — reduce bleeding and lower the risk of infection, bruising, and other complications.

How Do I Prepare for My Vasectomy?

  • Before your vasectomy, take a shower or bath, eat a light meal, and take all of your usual morning medications (patient does not need to be off of aspirin). 
  • Do not use any alcohol or drugs for 24 hours before your vasectomy. 
  • You may shave, but please do not use Nair within 72 hours of your procedure. 
  • Bring headphones, phone charger, a book, etc., in case you have a wait.  
  • Bring two of your own close-fitting (tight pouch) jockey style briefs or athletic supporter.  
  • Bring your method of payment (insurance card, credit card, etc). 
  • Have several ice packs (or frozen peas) and ibuprofen and tylenol ready at home.
  • Prepare to take a couple days off from your normal activities to recover.
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We currently offer vasectomy services at two locations:

Peoria Tulsa Location

1007 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74120
Call: 918-858-4661

Oklahoma City Location*

619 NW 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Call: 405-528-2157

If you are using Sooner Care, you will have to wait thirty days after your consultation to have your procedure.

Financial assistance may be available.

*Vasectomies are offered on a limited basis at our Oklahoma City health center.


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