How is it done?
During a vasectomy, the vas tubes are accessed through a single, tiny skin opening in the scrotum. Each tube is divided and sealed off using heat (cauterization) and a very tiny clip. This prevents the passage of sperm but does not change the amount of semen in any way that can be noticed - most semen is made in glands above the tubes.
Does it hurt?
Your vasectomy will be pain free... or almost – and over after 15 minutes. The majority of patients say that it is better than going to the dentist or getting blood drawn! The doctor uses a spray applicator or very fine needle (the size of a hair) for local anesthesia. This numbs the skin and area around the tubes. General anesthesia is not needed. The vasectomy site does NOT touch the testicles, penis, or other sensitive areas.
How well does it work?
Vasectomy is extremely effective (it fails less than 1 time in 2000). But, it can take up to 3 months for it to start working. The semen needs to be checked after the surgery to make sure there is no more sperm in it. Until then, another method of birth control must be used or pregnancy can occur. Most patients have no more sperm in their semen the first time it is tested.
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