Understanding a Vasectomy
As mentioned above, a vasectomy aims to block sperm from exiting the body through semen during ejaculation. In order to achieve this, your surgeon cuts or blocks a tube called the vas deferens. This tube is the duct that carries sperm from your testicles to your urethra.
Sperm must travel from the testicles to the urethra to then enter the vagina and meet with the woman’s egg. By blocking this initial pathway, we may prevent sperm from reaching the urethra and consequently prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Types of Vasectomy
There are two main types of vasectomy to consider. These are both usually performed under local anaesthetic and are referred to as:
This form of vasectomy is conducted by first making small incisions in the scrotum and removing a small piece of the vas deferens tube. This is then completed by tying the two ends of the tube together. By tying these ends together, the tube is now redundant and unable to supply sperm to the urethra.
This version of vasectomy does not involve. Instead, a small clamp is used to block the tube. Afterwards, a small hole is made in the scrotum for the tube to be either taken out and then cut or tied. It is then put back in place.
3 important things that you must know about a Vasectomy
How effective is a Vasectomy?
Vasectomies are extremely effective as a means of preventing pregnancy; however, they are not 100% effective and there is an extremely small chance that pregnancy could occur.
Additionally, the procedure is not immediate and may take up to 3 months to take full effect. This is due to the excess sperm that may need to be cleared.
When can I return to my daily routine after a Vasectomy?
Most people can return to work after one day of rest. There is usually a period of swelling and pain that can occur for a few days; however, this can be somewhat alleviated with ice packs and pain medication.
Your doctor may recommend some techniques to help with your recovery.
How long does a Vasectomy take?
A vasectomy procedure is usually short and only takes around 20 minutes. Local anaesthetic is usually used and it is rare for general anaesthetic to be needed.
It may be recommended that 2-3 day’s rest is required after your procedure; however, many people may be able to return to work after just one day.