Vasectomy FAQs

January 11 2023

Q: What is a vasectomy?

A: A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that is used to sterilize a man. It is a permanent form of birth control that is intended to prevent pregnancy. During the procedure, a small incision is made in the scrotum and a small section of the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the prostate, is removed or blocked off. This prevents sperm from leaving the testes and mixing with semen, making it impossible for a woman to become pregnant.


Q: How effective is a vasectomy?

A: A vasectomy is a highly effective form of birth control. The failure rate is less than 1% when the procedure is performed correctly and the follow-up instructions are properly followed. This means that fewer than 1 out of every 100 women whose partners have had a vasectomy will become pregnant. It is important to note that a vasectomy does not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and it does not work immediately.


Q: What are the risks associated with vasectomy?

A: As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with vasectomy. These include bleeding, infection, and reactions to anesthesia. However, the risk of serious complications is low. Your healthcare provider will be able to give you more information about the risks and how they can be minimized.


Q: Is vasectomy reversible?

A: Although vasectomy is intended to be a permanent form of birth control, reversal is possible, but it is a difficult and not always successful procedure. Before getting a vasectomy, it’s important to be certain that you do not want to have any more children or that you have completed your family.


Q: How long does it take to recover from a vasectomy?

A: Recovery time is usually short, with most men able to return to work within a few days. However, it is important to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous activity, and sexual intercourse for about a week. Your healthcare provider will give you detailed instructions on how to take care of yourself after the procedure.


Q: What are the alternatives to vasectomy?

A: Alternative forms of birth control include condoms, diaphragms, hormonal methods, and more. Your healthcare provider will be able to give you more information about these options and help you decide which one is right for you.


Q: When can I start having sex after a vasectomy?

A: Your healthcare provider will give you specific instructions on when you can start having sex again after a vasectomy. It is usually recommended to avoid sexual intercourse for a week or two following the procedure. You should continue to use alternative forms of birth control until a semen analysis confirms that there are no sperm in your semen.


Q: Will a vasectomy change my sex life?

A: A vasectomy should not affect your sex life. The procedure does not affect your hormone levels or your ability to have an erection or ejaculation. It simply prevents sperm from being present in your semen.


At Myers Street Medical Practice, Dr Alex Sossin performs clinic vasectomies.

Call our clinic to schedule a procedure – 52295192.