A vasectomy is a procedure, performed on a man by a urologist in a urologist’s office. When coming into our office, located at North Austin Urology, most men have an idea of what a vasectomy entails, but do not always know specifically what happens during the procedure.
A vasectomy is considered a permanent form of sterilization, although the testicles are still making sperm. Because of this, if you chose to reverse it, that would still be possible.
A vasectomy will not affect sexuality
A Vasectomy is designed to make a man sterile. Many men are concerned with whether a vasectomy will affect parts of their sexuality, which is a very important part of your body! More specifically, many men question whether or not a vasectomy will affect erections and sex drive.
Our answer is no, it shouldn’t! There is nothing about the procedure that will affect the ability to get an erection or that will affect sexual pleasure. It will not even change how your semen looks coming out of your body.
The procedure is done in-office and lasts 20 minutes
A single incision is made in the scrotum, where we find the tubes that transport the sperm. We remove a section out of the middle, tie the ends, and then hide them from each other. Despite still being able to ejaculate, under a microscope however, the semen will not show any sperm. It is important to note that you are still capable of getting your partner pregnant until all sperm ejaculated from the vas deferens.
Recovering from your vasectomy
When you go home, a simple 48-hour rest will usually have you right back to normal. We do recommend taking at least one day before resuming any activity that is rigorous or requires prolonged squatting or standing. For more information on vasectomy recovery, click here.
If you have any additional questions about what a Vasectomy procedure entails, you can contact our office.
At our office, located at North Austin Urology, most people who come in for a vasectomy consultation have the consultation and their procedure done on the same day. So, in our case, it is important to be prepared for the procedure when you come in for the consultation.
Avoid blood thinners prior to your vasectomy
The most important thing you can do is to avoid blood thinners, including aspirin, ibuprofen and other medicines which can thin the blood and increase your risk of bleeding. We ask that you avoid these medications for at least seven days prior to your procedure. This includes the use of Plavix or other blood thinners for atrial fibrillation if prescribed by your doctor.
Shaving before your vasectomy
The purpose of shaving the scrotum is to avoid hair that could be caught up in the incision and make it easier for us. Soaping up the scrotum well and then shaving the area underneath the penis on either side of the scrotum is going to go a long way to making the experience the best that it can be. If you fail to shave yourself, then I’ll be forced to do it.
Mental preparedness is an important part of your vasectomy prep
Beyond physical preparation, there might be a little mental preparation. After all, this is a pretty important part of your body, that you’ve spent a long time keeping knives and sharp instruments away from. I would say that the most important thing you can do is to make sure is to make sure that you and your partner have discussed this procedure thoroughly and are comfortable with proceeding.
In our office, some patients will have the procedure done even if they don’t have children. But, most have had children and are prepared for this next stage of life. If you have any questions about that, you may want to call our office and inquire about sperm preservation, which can be done, thus avoiding the need for a vasectomy reversal or other procedure in the future.
If you are ready to move forward with a vasectomy consultation, or have additional questions, you can contact our office and schedule an appointment.