A vasectomy is one of the safest forms of permanent birth control available. However, getting surgery in the groin region can be daunting. Below are some frequently asked questions about vasectomy procedures covering everything from recovery times to sex after a vasectomy. If you have additional questions – please contact us!
How effective is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is 99% effective.
How soon can I return to work after a vasectomy?
Most patients can return to work several days after the vasectomy surgery. If your occupation requires heavy physical activity or extended driving please consult your physician for an appropriate estimate.
If vasectomies are the better procedure, why would someone choose tubal ligation instead?
Most often, a vasectomy is the best option for sterilization because it is less invasive, risky and costly compared to tubal ligation. However, couples occasionally choose tubal ligation because the female has better health insurance coverage or is more physically healthy than the male partner. Additionally, recent studies have revealed that receiving tubal ligation after child bearing can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
Will I stop making sperm after a vasectomy?
No, your testicles will continue to create sperm. After the vasectomy, unused sperm cells will be absorbed into your body instead of leaving in the semen. If you are debating whether or not to receive a vasectomy, please read our vasectomy decision process.
Will a vasectomy affect sexual performance?
The male sex drive, ability to have an erection and ejaculation should be unaffected by a vasectomy. For some couples, the ability to have sex without worrying about conception can even improve their sex life.
Will a vasectomy cause a noticeable change in ejaculation?
With sperm making up less than five percent of semen, there will be no noticeable differences in ejaculation sans sperm. After a vasectomy the fluid volume, color and texture of ejaculation should remain the same.
When can I have sex again after the vasectomy?
You can have intercourse after the vasectomy procedure as soon as it’s comfortable for you, which usually takes about four weeks. However, you can still cause a pregnancy until the sperm count is zero. Do not have unprotected sex until your semen has been tested and a zero sperm count has been confirmed.