This leaflet gives a brief summary of vasectomy.
Some key points
- You should never opt for vasectomy if you don't want permanent contraception - it is very difficult to undo.
- There is a small failure rate - rarely, the cut ends grow back together.
- Sex is not affected. Almost all semen is made in the seminal vesicle and prostate gland.
- The operation is easier and more effective than female sterilisation.
- The vasectomy operation is usually done using local anaesthetic.
- Complications are uncommon but include bruising, wound infection, pain and swelling.
- About eight weeks after the operation you will need to produce two semen tests about 3-6 weeks apart. If the samples do not contain sperm, you will be given the all clear.
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- Male and female sterilisation; Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (September 2014)
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