Vasectomy is a permanent method of male contraception that involves cutting the vas deferens. The procedure prevents sperm from mixing with semen and from being ejaculated, thereby preventing pregnancy. The testicles continue to produce sperm after vasectomy, but rather than being ejaculated, it is absorbed.
Vasectomy is an effective method of preventing pregnancy. According to the Urology Care Foundation, vasectomy is better than any other form of birth control except abstinence. Only 0.1 to 0.2 percent of women will get pregnant in the year after their partner has a vasectomy.
Most men are relieved to discover that a vasectomy actually causes very little pain or discomfort after the procedure and recovery is typically quick. And, a vasectomy will not affect a man’s libido, ejaculation, sexual pleasure, or erections.
How it Works
A vasectomy works by cutting the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the penis. This prevents the sperm from exiting the penis during ejaculation. After a vasectomy, your body will continue to produce sperm, but they will die and be re-absorbed. A vasectomy will not noticeably affect the seminal fluid; your ejaculate will still look and feel the same. A vasectomy also will not affect your testosterone (male hormone) levels or your ability to have an erection.
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The skilled surgeons at Colorado Urology are experienced in performing the no-scalpel vasectomy. Rather than using a scalpel to make incisions in the scrotum, your doctor will use a special instrument to puncture one small hole in the scrotum, which is then stretched to make an opening for the vasectomy to be performed. This no-scalpel approach is less invasive than a traditional vasectomy.
- A safe, effective and permanent method of birth control
- 99.85% effective as a birth control method
- A vasectomy will not interfere with your sex drive, ability to have erections, the sensation of orgasm, or ability to ejaculate.
Can a Vasectomy be Reversed?
Yes. A vasectomy can be reversed in a procedure appropriately called a vasectomy reversal. Sometimes, life circumstances change and years after having a vasectomy, some men wish to be able to conceive a child naturally with their partner.