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Now Offering Affordable Vasectomy Services

To learn more or to schedule an appointment,
call (844) 493-1052 

What is a Vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a simple, safe, and extremely effective form of permanent birth control. We offer no-scalpel vasectomies.

Vasectomy works by blocking the tubes (vas deferens) that carry sperm from the testicles. This prevents sperm from entering the semen.

Affordable Vasectomies

No insurance? No problem. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin will work with you to provide your care at a rate you can afford.

*Vasectomies are currently available at our Water Street Health Center in Milwaukee

To learn more or to schedule an appointment,
call (844) 493-1052

What are the 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

How is it done?

During a vasectomy, the vas deferens tubes are accessed through a small incision (one or two) 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 - most semen is made in glands above the tubes.

Does it hurt?

A no scalpel vasectomy will be pain free... or almost – and over after 30-45 minutes. The majority of patients say that it is better than going to the dentist or getting blood drawn! The doctor uses 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 (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 sperm in their semen the first time it is tested.

Ready to Schedule an Appointment?

To learn more or to schedule an appointment,
call (844) 493-1052

Frequently Asked Questions

Are vasectomies permanent?

Vasectomy is for life. If you decide to have a vasectomy, you will no longer be able to conceive or become pregnant with your partner. If you're unsure about not wanting more children some day, a vasectomy might not be a good choice for you. Surgical procedures do exist to reverse vasectomy; but these operations are expensive and do not always work. On average, only half of couples that try having children after reversal do have a child. For information about this, we can refer you to a urologist who does reversals.

What are the risks?

Vasectomy is a very safe, low-risk procedure, but with any surgery some complications can occur. Mild bruising and swelling can occur. We recommend wearing tight underpants or a jock strap for the first few days after the vasectomy to decrease your chances of bleeding.

What do I do after my procedure?

Relax with your feet up on the day of your vasectomy. If you choose, you can return to work or light activity the following day. After your procedure, you cannot have sexual intercourse for a week. 

There may be some initial soreness for a night or two after, but this is easily relieved with a cold compress and/or non-prescription pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol). Wearing tight underpants or a jock strap for support can decrease discomfort with movement.

Are there complications?

Other rare complications include: infection (very rare and can be treated with antibiotics), a painful bump on the vas (sperm granuloma), and bleeding into the scrotum causing a collection of blood (scrotal hematoma). Several weeks after the procedure some patients experience pain in the testicles that usually only lasts a few days (about 5%). This is resolved with oral anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). Chronic pain is very rare (about <1%).

Although unlikely, the continuing ability to get someone pregnant is also a risk of vasectomy.

Are there hormone changes?

Vasectomy does not cause health problems.  Vasectomy does not affect the male hormones produced by the testicles. After a vasectomy, sexual function does not change. Sensations, erections, and ejaculations will be the same except that the ejaculate no longer contains sperm.

Are there limitations?
  • Not 100% reversible
  • Must use other forms of birth control until sperm-free (approximately 3 months).
  • Does not prevent transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STI's).
  • Vasectomy Advantages

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