Male vasectomy

What the packet says

What is male_vasectomy?

How male_vasectomy works

A vasectomy (male sterilisation) is a permanent surgical procedure to cut or seal the tubes that carry a man’s sperm. It prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm getting into a man’s semen. The procedure is usually done whilst the man is under local anaesthetic, when you’re awake but don’t feel any pain and takes about 15 minutes.

Male vasectomy side effects

  • Womb Cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Cystitis

Frequency

  • During intercourse
  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • 1 - 3 Months
  • 1 - 3 Years
  • 3 - 5 Years
  • Permanent
  • Clinical effectiveness

    99

    %

    Contains hormones

    No

    Want advice?

    Speak to one of our doctors about your concerns

    Looking to switch your pill?

    Our gamechanging app helps you find your perfect pill

    What you said

    Side effects

    Show more

    After effects

    Moods

    Periods

    Body weight

    Sex drive

    Reviewer data

    Time taken

    Age of Reviewers

    Reviewers had children

    Reviewers currently using

    Detailed information

    How to get a vasectomy

    • You will need to discuss getting a vasectomy in detail with your doctor – they will ask you a number of questions around your circumstances and you may want to discuss it with your partner.
    • If you decide to go ahead with it, you can get a vasectomy for free on the NHS but may need to wait several months on a waiting list.
    • There are two types of vasectomy – a Conventional vasectomy (where they make two small cuts in the skin on each side of your scrotum to reach the tubes) and the No scalpel vasectomy (where they make a tiny puncture hole, no stitches required). With both types they remove a small section of the tubes, before closing them by tying them or using heat.
    • The doctor or nurse should give you information about how to look after yourself in the weeks following your vasectomy. Men will normally have some mild discomfort and swelling after the operation – most can return to work within 1-2 days.  
    • About 12 weeks after the operation, men should have a semen test to see if the sperm have gone. Sometimes more than one test is needed.
    • Once the vasectomy has been confirmed as successful, there is no need for additional contraception.

    How to stop

    • Vasectomies are very difficult to reverse, so men need to consider all options and use other methods of contraception until they’re completely sure. Reversing a vasectomy involves rejoining the sperm-carrying tubes that were cut or blocked during your vasectomy, and success will depend upon how and when you were sterilised

    Things that can go wrong

    • Sometimes men have unprotected sex too soon after surgery and there is still sperm present in their semen.
    • About one in 2,000 male sterilisations fail – this can happen for a number of reasons, the tubes that carry the sperm can occasionally rejoin after sterilisation, immediately or some years after the operation has been carried out. Very rarely there are surgical errors, and the procedure is not completed correctly.
    • Occasionally, some men have bleeding, a large swelling, or an infection. In this case, see your doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes sperm may leak out of the tubes and collect in the surrounding tissue. This may cause inflammation and pain immediately or later on, but can be treated.
    • A small number of men experience ongoing pain in their testicles, scrotum, penis or lower abdomen. This is known as chronic post-vasectomy pain or CPVP. Drug treatments may be effective in easing the pain and some men require further surgery. It’s not always possible to relieve these symptoms permanently.

    Reviews

    1/5
    05/09/2020
    Male vasectomy
    Sept 1998. Had a vasectomy. Easy and quick. Done in the hospital operating room on a Friday morning. Went home And took ...
    3/5
    12/06/2020
    Male vasectomy
    Vasectomy has been a very effective contraceptive for me. It is good because it has allowed my hormones to follow a natu...
    3/5
    20/08/2019
    Male vasectomy
    As noted before, testicular pain/discomfort and testicles sensitive to pressure to the extent that rucked underpants cou...
    5/5
    28/06/2019
    Male vasectomy
    For women, this is the most natural contraceptive on the market. For me and all the other men, its mostly psychological,...
    3/5
    20/06/2019
    Male vasectomy
    Vasectomies are relatively safe for surgical procedures, but it is STILL SURGERY and as such has risks and side effects....
    5/5
    02/04/2019
    Male vasectomy
    I had a vasectomy at the age of 31 after fathering two children. I didn’t want my wife to be taking drugs for the ...