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What Is a Vasectomy Procedure Like?

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.