A vasectomy is a simple procedure for men that takes less than an hour and may be more effective at preventing pregnancies than a tubal ligation is in women. Leading urologists Dr. Raul Hernandez and Dr. Brian Grady at Fog City Urology in Duboce Triangle, San Francisco, are experts in men’s health and can talk to you about getting a vasectomy. Call the office or book an appointment online.
A vasectomy is an in-office procedure performed on men to stop their sperm from reaching the semen, so it can’t lead to a pregnancy. Instead of leaving your body with the semen, the sperm gets reabsorbed.
It’s a common procedure that more than half a million men undergo each year.
Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Grady are able to perform vasectomies in the office. It takes 20-30 minutes and is done under local anesthesia.
After prepping you for the procedure, the doctor makes one or two cuts in your scrotum to reach the vas deferens in each testicle. The vas deferens is the tube that carries your sperm from the testicle to the urethra. The vas deferens on each side is then cut and sealed to block the sperm. The cuts on your scrotum are then closed with dissolvable stitches.
You may be able to return to work within a day after a vasectomy and be fully healed within a week. Pain medication and ice packs may ease any discomfort.
The team at Fog City Urology recommends you refrain from sexual intercourse for a week after the procedure, and continue to use an alternative form of birth control for at least three months.
To ensure success of the procedure, the team tests your semen for sperm around three months after surgery. It usually takes about that amount of time, or up to 20 ejaculations, for your body to clear any sperm remaining in your semen.
Although very rare, there’s always a chance pregnancy can occur after a vasectomy. However, the procedure is considered 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.
While a vasectomy can prevent unwanted pregnancy, it doesn’t offer protection against sexually transmitted diseases, so you may still need to use a condom for additional protection against illness.
A vasectomy is considered a lasting form of birth control. If you think you’d like to have children in the future, you may want to consider a sperm bank to freeze your sperm.
Reversals are also an option, but they’re not performed at Fog City Urology and are not always effective.
If you’re considering a vasectomy for birth control, call the office or book an appointment online.
*Individual results may vary