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What is a vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a procedure in which the two tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the urinary tract are surgically altered so sperm cannot pass through and be released to fertilize a woman's egg during sexual intercourse. For couples who have made the decision not to have any further children, vasectomy is the safest and easiest form of surgical sterilization. While

reversible in many cases, vasectomy should be considered a permanent form of birth control.

Vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure to cut and close off the tubes (vas deferens) that deliver sperm from the testes; it is usually performed as a means of contraception. The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes and usually causes few complications and no change in sexual function. About 500,000 vasectomies are performed annually in the United States. A vasectomy is less invasive than a tubal ligation (i.e., the procedure used to prevent a woman’s eggs from reaching the uterus) and more easily reversed. An increasing number of couples choose it as a means of permanent birth control.

More information on vasectomy

What is a vasectomy? - Vasectomy is a procedure in which the two tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the urinary tract are surgically altered.
What are the risk factors for vasectomy? - There are very few risks associated with vasectomy other than infection, bruising, epididymitis, and sperm granulomas.
How to prepare for the procedure of vasectomy? - No special physical preparation is required. Wash yourself thoroughly and put on clean, snug underwear or an athletic supporter (jock strap) before your appointment.
What happens during the procedure? - The vasectomy is done in an outpatient clinic or in the health care provider's office. It usually takes 15 to 20 minutes.
What happens after the vasectomy procedure? - Following the surgery, ice packs are often applied to scrotum to decrease pain and swelling.
What is vasectomy reversal? - The technical name for a vasectomy reversal is a vasovasostomy.
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