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Vasectomy is a simple, safe, convenient, and extremely effective form of male birth control. It takes the stress of preventing pregnancy off your partner and can even make your sex life better.

Benefits of Vasectomy Services at Planned Parenthood

  • Nearly 100% effective in preventing pregnancy
  • No change in erections, sex drive, climax or performance
  • Easy, low-risk outpatient routine procedure
  • Covered or partially covered by many insurance policies, Medicaid, or other state programs
  • No trips to the pharmacy, nothing to buy or use, nothing to put in place before sex

What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy – often referred to as male birth control – is an easy surgical procedure done to prevent pregnancy. You can’t forget to use it, or mess it up like you can with other birth control methods.

The male tubes in the scrotum that carry sperm are cut (some say ‘snipped’) or blocked off, so sperm cannot leave your body. You can go home the same day after your procedure, and recovering from a vasectomy is usually quick! You can return to regular activity within 2-3 days and return to exercising and lifting within 7 days. 

How is a vasectomy procedure done?

We are proud to offer the no-scalpel vasectomy procedure: the provider makes one small puncture (hole) to reach the tubes, then ties them off, cauterizes, or blocks them. There is no cut or incision made. The procedure takes only 10-15 minutes, and the appointment lasts about an hour. 

Your provider will test your semen 8-16 weeks (about 3 and a half months) after your vasectomy and tell you when the sperm are gone. Around 3 months after a vasectomy, you’ll still have the same amount of semen (cum) you did before, there just won’t be any sperm in it, so it can’t cause pregnancy!

How well does it work?

Get-it-and-forget-it birth control.

A vasectomy is the most effective type of birth control out there. It is almost 100% effective in preventing pregnancies for people with penises and testicles for the rest of their lives.

Once your provider says there’s no longer sperm in your semen, you don’t have to do anything else to prevent pregnancy.

Effective, Convenient, Permanent Birth Control

Ready to schedule your vasectomy appointment? Call 800-230-PLAN to schedule your procedure and get your questions answered today!


Can I undo a vasectomy or get a vasectomy reversal?

A vasectomy is designed to be permanent. You should only get a vasectomy if you’re totally certain you don’t want to get someone pregnant for the rest of your life.

A vasectomy may not be a good choice for you if:

  • You may want to have a child biologically in the future.
  • You’re being pressured by your partner, friends, or family.
  • You hope a vasectomy will solve problems that may be temporary — such as marriage or sexual problems, short-term mental or physical illnesses, financial worries, or being out of work.

There are vasectomy reversal procedures, but even if you get your vasectomy reversed, your fertility may never come back. Vasectomy reversal surgery is complicated, expensive, and doesn’t always work.

How will I feel after my vasectomy?

You can go home and rest right after your vasectomy. Most people only need to rest for a few days after their vasectomy. If your job is physically demanding, you’ll have to take about a week off from work.

You may feel some discomfort or pain after your vasectomy, but you shouldn’t be in terrible pain. You may also have some bruising and/or swelling for a few days.

  • Wear snug underwear that doesn’t let your testicles move too much to help with pain
  • Take over-the-counter pain medicine (like ibuprofen) to help with pain and swelling
  • Ice your genitals as needed on and off for the first 24 hours to help with pain and swelling
  • Don’t swim or take a bath for 2 days
  • Don’t do any hard physical work or exercise for 1 week
  • Don’t have any kind of sex or masturbate for 1 week

Will a vasectomy make my sex life better? Yes!

Take the burden of preventing pregnancy off your partner.

Sex can get better and more spontaneous when you and your partner can focus on each other instead of birth control.

Vasectomy doesn’t mess with your hormones or sex drive. It won’t change the way having an orgasm or ejaculating (cumming) feels. Your semen (cum) will still look, feel, and taste the same after a vasectomy. The best part? You can get caught up in the heat of the moment WITHOUT worrying about pregnancy.

A vasectomy takes the burden of preventing pregnancy off your partner, which can strengthen your relationship and make intimacy more enjoyable for them, too!


Find a Planned Parenthood Vasectomy Provider Near You

Ready to schedule your vasectomy appointment? Call 800-230-PLAN to schedule your procedure and get your questions answered today!

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