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Vasectomy

Vasectomy is the most common form of permanent male birth control. It is a minor, office-based procedure that removes a portion of, and then closes off, the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm from the testes). It takes about 15 minutes and has no effect on male sexual function. Urologists at Arizona Urology Specialists offer the latest vasectomy techniques.

Most men are relieved to discover that a vasectomy actually causes very little pain or discomfort after the procedure and recovery is typically quick. And, a vasectomy will not affect a man’s libido, ejaculation, sexual pleasure, or erections.

How it Works

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A vasectomy works by cutting the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the penis. This prevents the sperm from exiting the penis during ejaculation. After a vasectomy, your body will continue to produce sperm, but they will die and be re-absorbed. A vasectomy will not noticeably affect the seminal fluid; your ejaculate will still look and feel the same. A vasectomy also will not affect your testosterone (male hormone) levels or your ability to have an erection.

No-Scalpel Vasectomy

The skilled surgeons at Arizona Urology Specialists are experienced in performing the no-scalpel vasectomy. The No-Scalpel technique is done with just a single puncture made in the scrotum and requires no suturing. The primary difference compared to conventional vasectomy is the less traumatic manner in which the vas deferens are controlled, which results in less pain and fewer postoperative complications.

Please note: Not all office locations or physicians use the no-scalpel technique. If you are specifically looking for this technique, please confirm with the office when your appointment is scheduled with your surgeon.

Advantages of Vasectomy

  • A safe, effective, and permanent method of birth control
  • 99.85% effective as a birth control method
  • A vasectomy will not interfere with your sex drive, ability to have erections, the sensation of orgasm, or ability to ejaculate.

Can a Vasectomy be Reversed?

Yes. A vasectomy can be reversed in a procedure appropriately called a vasectomy reversal. Sometimes, life circumstances change, and years after having a vasectomy, some men wish to be able to conceive a child naturally with their partner.

 

Vasectomy - What to Expect

What can you expect during the vasectomy procedure? Find out here.

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