About Vasectomy Surgery
A vasectomy is a form of birth control during which the vas deferens (the tubes that carry a man’s sperm) are cut. Once the vas deferens has been separated, there is no way for sperm to be released in the ejaculate. This procedure is considered a permanent form of birth control, but it is possible to have a reversal surgery should the patient change their mind in the future.
Benefits of a Vasectomy
It is recommended that men only get a vasectomy when they are certain that they no longer wish to have children. It is the preferred choice for many couples because:
- The use of male birth control (condoms) or female birth control (pills, IUDs, etc.) is no longer needed.
- The procedure is the most effective form of sterilization, as it is almost 100 percent certain to prevent pregnancy.
- It is much less expensive than female sterilization.
- In most cases, a vasectomy will be performed in-office and is considered an outpatient procedure. Full-anesthesia is not required, only a local anesthetic is necessary.
Recovery After the Procedure
Immediately following a vasectomy, there will be bruising and swelling, but these symptoms should subside after a few days. Apply ice packs every few hours to help control your discomfort. It is also recommended that patients wear tight-fitting underwear so that the scrotum is provided extra support.
Get plenty of bed rest during the first week. At the very least, try to stay off of your feet for two or three days. Avoid bathing for about 48 hours, because this will allow the incisions to heal faster and prevent infection. Most patients are able to return to their normal lives after one week.
Sex After a Vasectomy
Wait at least one week before having sexual intercourse. It is best to refrain from such activities until your physician has cleared you.
Keep in mind, you are not sterile right away. Viable sperm are living on the other side of the tube that was cut. It takes about 15-20 ejaculates or 2-3 months to clear the system. It’s very important you get a post-vasectomy SA at that time to confirm success. After a few months, Dr. Loeb will check sperm levels to confirm that they are declining until finally reaching zero.
The vasectomy will not affect your sex drive or orgasms. You will still ejaculate, as only a small percentage of your ejaculate comes from the testicles. Occasionally, men feel a slight pressure in their testicles when aroused, but eventually, that feeling will go away.
For further instruction on post-vasectomy care, please refer to Dr. Loeb’s vasectomy guidelines.
Schedule a Consultation!
If you would like to talk to a specialist at about a vasectomy and whether or not it may be an option for you, please give Dr. Aram Loeb a call at (440) 887-9139. You may also request an appointment with Dr. Loeb at one of our 3 office locations using our online form.