Frequently Asked Questions about Vasectomy

Why get a vasectomy? Well, for one thing, condoms are for single men. The day that you get engaged, you say goodbye to the condom forever. Plus, it's not that easy to get the package open in time. It's like 'Beat the Clock;' there's a lot of pressure there. The answer to more frequently asked questions about vasectomy here at Discount Medical Supplies.

Frequently Asked Questions about Vasectomy

1.       What is a vasectomy?

This is a male birth control procedure in which the tubes that carry sperm to the semen are cut and sealed.

2.       Who should undergo a vasectomy?

Men who are 100% they do not want to father children in the short or long-term future.

3.       How effective is a vasectomy?

Nearly 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. In the first few months after the procedure, sperm may very seldom find its way across the void between the two blocked ends of the tubes, but the overall failure rate of vasectomy is quite low – and then again, no single birth control method is 100% effective. About 15-20 in every 10,000 couples get pregnant in the year after the man has had a vasectomy. By way of comparison, 1,400 of every 10,000 couples have a pregnancy each year using condoms, and 500 of every 10,000 couples have a pregnancy each year using birth control pills.

4.       Are vasectomies safe?

This is a simple and safe procedure that can be performed at the doctor’s office or in an outpatient surgery center or a hospital with little risk of complications or side effects. It takes about 30 minutes. Recovery lasts about one week.

5.       What are the possible side effects of a vasectomy?


  • Bleeding or a blood clot (hematoma) inside the scrotum.
  • A lump in the scrotum (granuloma).
  • Blood in your semen.
  • Bruising of your scrotum.
  • Infection of the surgery site.
  • Mild pain or discomfort.
  • Swelling.


  • Chronic pain (only in about 10% of patients).
  • Fluid buildup in the testicle, which can cause a dull ache that worsens with ejaculation.
  • Inflammation caused by leaking sperm.
  • Pregnancy, in the extremely odd case that the vasectomy fails.
  • An abnormal cyst in the small, coiled tube located on the upper testicle that collects and transports sperm.
  • A fluid-filled sac surrounding a testicle that causes swelling in the scrotum.

6.       What are the benefits of vasectomy?

A vasectomy is less costly, simpler, more effective, and has fewer complications than female sterilization. It is also more cost-effective than the long-term cost of female birth control medications.

7.       What does a vasectomy not do?

·         Affect sexual performance.

·         Damage sexual organs.

·         Increase risk for certain cancers.

·         Cause severe pain.

8.       How can one prepare for a vasectomy?

·         Stop taking aspirin or other blood-thinning medications a few days before surgery (if asked to by a doctor).

·         Wash genital area thoroughly.

·         Shave away the hair from the entire scrotum all the way to the top of the penis – including any pubic hair that seems to fall onto the scrotum – the night before or the morning of the procedure (use a disposable razor instead of an electric razor).

·         Bring a pair of tight-fitting underwear or an athletic supporter to wear after the surgery to support the scrotum and decrease swelling.

·         Shower or bathe on the day of the surgery.

·         Take any preoperative medications as and when directed.

·          A light snack or liquid is preferable to heavy food before surgery.

·         Arrange for a ride home after surgery to avoid movement and pressure on the surgery site caused by driving.

9.       What goes on during a vasectomy?

·         The surgery site is injected with a local anesthetic.

·         A small incision or puncture (no scalpel method) is made in the upper part of the scrotum.

·         The tube that conveys the semen from the testicles is located.

·         Part of that tube is withdrawn through the incision or puncture.

·         The tube is cut where it has been pulled out.

·         The tube tied, cauterized, or clipped shut.

·         The incision is stitched or glued closed.

·         If the no scalpel method is used, no stitches are required.

10.   What happens after a vasectomy?

·         There will be some mild bruising, swelling, and pain in the area, which will subside in a few days and can be treated with acetaminophen.

·         The dressing should be changed when stained or soiled. Small sterile gauze squares are available at Discount Medical Supplies. The dressing can be removed when dry or stain-free, usually within a day or so.

·         A small amount of oozing is not only expected but also preferable to fluid building up on the inside.

·         The patient can start bathing/showering the day after the procedure. Pat the scrotum dry rather than rubbing it with a towel.

·         Sometimes the skin will separate due to tissue fluid, oozing blood, or body fluids. The edges can be pinched with sterile gauze and fingers to bring the skin together and allow it to heal.

·         The doctor – usually an urologist – may instruct the patient to:

-         Call right away if there are signs of infection (blood oozing from the surgery site, a temperature higher than 100.4 F, or worsening pain or swelling.

-         Support the scrotum with a bandage and tight-fitting underwear for at least 48 hours.

-         Apply ice packs to the scrotum for the first two days.

-         Rest for 24 hours after surgery.

-         Light activity after 2-3 days may be permitted, but sports, lifting and heavy work are to be avoided for a week or so.

-         Avoid any sexual activity for a week or so. The patient may feel pain or notice blood in the semen on ejaculation.

  • A vasectomy doesn't provide immediate protection against pregnancy.
  • A patient will have to wait about 3 months or longer and ejaculate more than 15-20 times to clear any sperm from the semen.
  • Use another form of birth control until the doctor confirms sperm are no longer present in the semen.
  • Most doctors perform a follow-up analysis of semen samples 6-12 weeks following surgery to make sure no sperm remain.
  • If sperm is found the analysis must be repeated until the American Urological Association guidelines for sterility are met.
  • The procedure may have to be performed again if sperm – whether dead or alive – continue appearing in the semen samples, or if sperm are found after a period of sterility.

11.   Does a vasectomy protect against sexually transmitted diseases?

Vasectomies do not offer protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

12.   Are vasectomies reversible?

Technically speaking, vasectomies can be reversed. However – and for all intents and purposes – patients should consider them a permanent form of male birth control. Of course, if you’re wondering whether you vasectomy reversal is possible, perhaps you should give getting one a bit more thought. Patients are recommended to discuss other alternatives with the doctors and partners (if they have one).


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