Vasectomy in Cleveland, OH
What is a vasectomy?
Vasectomy (commonly known as “getting snipped”) is a minor procedure that involves cutting your vas deferens, the tube that carries sperm out of your testicles. The purpose of a vasectomy is to prevent sperm from coming out when you ejaculate, so you cannot cause a pregnancy. Sperm continues to be made in the testicles but disintegrates. You will not notice any difference in volume, color or consistency of your ejaculate.
A vasectomy is permanent birth control, even though these operations can be reversed if absolutely necessary. Sexual activity, erectile function, penile sensitivity, and testosterone are not affected by vasectomy. A vasectomy does not provide any protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to one hour and involves making small incisions on each side of the scrotum. The sperm duct (vas deferens) is then cut and sealed, a small piece of the tube is removed. The skin incisions will be closed with stitches that will dissolve by themselves.
Saving Sperm Before your Vasectomy
Banking of sperm is an option for men considering a vasectomy. We recommend this if there is even a slight chance you may want children again.
Preparing for your procedure
You have the option of having your procedure done in the office (with local numbing medicine) or in the operating room (with sedation). We recommend that you shower and shave the scrotum and pubic area prior to your procedure. If you are uncomfortable shaving the area yourself, it can be done in the office prior to the procedure. Please stop taking any blood thinners (aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin) 7 days prior to your procedure, after checking with your primary care provider.
After the Procedure
You will go home with an athletic supporter and gauze for comfort. At home, use the supporter until the swelling goes down. We also recommend that you use ice packs on the scrotum, for 20 minutes at time, to decrease swelling.
Some bruising, discomfort and mild swelling are common and should subside within 1 week. Pain and discomfort following the procedure usually resolve within 1 week. Rarely (less than 1%), there may be prolonged pain, which can impact quality of life.
Do not have sex, masturbate, or do any strenuous exercise for 1 week following your vasectomy. Engaging in these activities can increase your risk of complications.
Vasectomy is over 99.9% effective, but rarely the cut ends of the cord may rejoin. This only occurs at a rate of 1 in every 2,000 vasectomies, making a vasectomy more reliable than most forms of birth control. Vasectomy is not immediately effective, so another form of contraceptive must be used until sterility is assured. In 4 months, you need to bring in a sample of ejaculate for the lab to analyze. Occasionally, it may take 6 months or longer to flush out all the sperm, and repeated semen samples are needed.