Vasectomy, as its name suggests, is a small operation an adult male gets to block the passage of sperms and to prevent pregnancy. This procedure helps block sperms from getting to your penile urethra when you ejaculate. With no sperm in an ejaculation, you won’t be able to make a woman pregnant. However, you can still have an orgasm.

It is an outdoor procedure means that your doctor can do it in his office or clinic. The following are the two types of vasectomy procedures;

  • Conventional Vasectomy – The doctor makes small cuts in your scrotum (covering of the testis) to reach two tubes called a “vas deferens.” Your doctor may surgically excise a piece of each vas deferens and tie the ends with stitches or leave a short gap between the tubes. When vas deferens on both sides has been tied or cut, sperm can no longer leave your body.
  • No-Scalpel Vasectomy – Using a scalpel (a surgical instrument), your doctor feels for each vas deferens and uses a clamp to hold it in place. He will make a tiny hole in your scrotum, stretch it open, and excise a piece of each vas deferens. Later, each vas deferens is sealed with stitches, searing, or both.

Why it’s done

Vasectomy is an effective and safe birth control choice for men. This procedure is ideal for men who don’t want children or to limit the childbirth – while still able to enjoy the sex. Here’s why vasectomy is a preferred choice over other male infertility methods.

  • Studies have shown that this procedure is nearly 100% effective birth control choice.
  • Vasectomy is an outpatient procedure with a low risk of side effects or complications.
  • The cost of a vasectomy is less than that of the long-term cost of birth control medications and tubal ligation (a female sterilization method) for women.
  • A vasectomy means men won’t need to take barrier steps before sex, such as putting on a condom.

How it’s done?

Sperm are made in your testicles. They leave these tubular structures through two small tubes called the vas deferens. They later join the fluids secreted by other reproductive organs to make semen. If it gets into a vagina, healthy sperms in your semen can cause pregnancy.

A vasectomy procedure cuts each vas deferens tube and blocks the transport of sperms to your penis – keeping them out of your semen. They stayed in your testicles and died or absorbed by your body. About three months after a vasectomy procedure, your semen won’t contain any sperm, and you won’t be able to contribute to causing pregnancy. 

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