A vasectomy makes a man unable to father a child. The doctor cuts and ties or seals the tubes that carry sperm to the penis. These tubes are called the vas deferens. The fluid that comes out when you ejaculate (semen) will seem the same as before. But after surgery it will no longer contain sperm. A woman can't get pregnant if there are no sperm to fertilize her egg.
This is a lasting method of birth control. Before you have it done, be sure you no longer want to have children.
You can go home on the same day. You will likely go back to work the next day. If your job involves intense activity or lifting, it may take 2 or 3 days before you can go back.
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.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: March 14, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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