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Vasectomy Services

Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio is proud to offer vasectomy services at our Cincinnati Surgical Center.

Vasectomy is a simple, safe, and extremely effective form of permanent birth control that works by blocking the vas deferens, which are the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles. Learn more about the procedure and how to schedule your consultation below.

How is it done?

During a vasectomy, the vas deferens tubes are accessed through a small incision in the scrotum.  Each tube is isolated, a small section removed and sealed (closed) using either heat (cauterization) and a small titanium clip or suture.  This prevents the passage of sperm but does not change the amount of semen in any way that can be noticed.

Does it hurt?

A no scalpel vasectomy is nearly pain free and over after 30-45 minutes. The majority of patients say that it is easier than going to the dentist or getting blood drawn! The doctor will use a 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.

How well does it work?

Vasectomy is extremely effective, but it can take up to 3 months for it to start working.  After the procedure, semen will need to be examined to ensure there is no presence of sperm. After post-vasectomy testing is complete, there is no need to use other methods of birth control.

Ready to schedule your vasectomy?

Call us to schedule your consultation today.

Call 513-287-6484

 

Thinking about a vasectomy but don’t know where to start? 

Read our blog post to learn everything you need to know about vasectomies.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect after my procedure?

Some pain, swelling and bruising will be normal after a vasectomy. Rest, ice, supportive clothing, and ibuprofen will help. You should rest fully for 2-3 days after the procedure and then may return to most of your normal activities. No physical work, heavy exercise, or sexual activity for at least 7 days. 

Pro tip: Use this time to binge watch your favorite show for a couple days while you recover.

Are there any hormonal changes?

Nope! A vasectomy only blocks sperm cells from coming out in your semen, which does not affect testosterone levels. 

Can a vasectomy be reversed?

Short answer: sometimes.  

The vasectomy procedure is a sterilization and is meant to be permanent. Although getting a reversal is an option—it doesn’t always work. Reversal procedures are also more complicated and can be costly with no guarantee it’ll restore your ability to cause pregnancy.   

That’s why vasectomy isn’t a good option if you think you might want children someday. 

Vasectomy Advantages

  • No noticeable change in the semen 
  • No change in sex drive or climax sensation 
  • No change in the testes
  • No change in erections
  • No need to use other methods of birth control
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