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A vasectomy is an operation to make a man sterile, or not able to make a woman pregnant. During a vasectomy, a doctor cuts or blocks the tubes, called the vas deferens, that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis. This keeps sperm from reaching a woman's egg to make a baby when ejaculation occurs during sex. A vasectomy is a simple procedure that can be done at your doctor's office or clinic.
A vasectomy will not change your ability to have sex or your sex drive. You will still be able to enjoy sex in the same way as before. You will still produce normal amounts of semen when you climax. The only difference is that the semen will not contain sperm.
Vasectomy is considered a permanent method of birth control. You should only consider a vasectomy if you have completed your family or are sure that you do not want children.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: September 26, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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