A safe, effective and long-term means of birth control
It entails a minor surgical procedure that is more economical and safer than female sterilization. Each year, more than 500,000 U.S. men undergo a vasectomy. The procedure is very quick, and you can go home the same day.
Studies show that a vasectomy is over 99% effective at preventing future pregnancies, making it the most effective form of birth control.
How a vasectomy works
A vasectomy 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. Vasectomies will not change hormonal (testosterone) function, so it won’t affect your sex drive.
Our physicians offer conventional vasectomy and no-scalpel vasectomy procedures. Patients can go home immediately after the procedure, and after a few days of light activity, can resume a normal routine, including sexual activity.
A consultation with one of our urologists is the first step — to answer any questions you may have regarding a vasectomy.
At the time of check-out from the consultation, the appointment for the vasectomy procedure can be scheduled.
Following the procedure, approximately 12 weeks and 15 ejaculations later, a semen analysis is performed at a follow-up appointment.
You will have temporary numbness lasting approximately 1-2 hours. To ease any discomfort, your physician may recommend over-the-counter pain relief (e.g. acetaminophen) and/or use of an athletic supporter.
It is important to rest as much as possible over the next several days and ice regularly to reduce discomfort. Stay off your feet and relax.
Resuming sexual activity
This will depend on your personal comfort, but your physician will provide instructions on how and when you can resume sexual activity.
Other forms of birth control should be used until your physician assures your vasectomy is completely effective. You are not immediately sterile following your vasectomy. It takes time to clear sperm from the semen after the procedure. Your physician will obtain a semen analysis at a follow-up appointment after your procedure.
A vasectomy is meant to be a permanent procedure. It can be reversible, but the likelihood of a successful reversal decreases over time. It is not advisable to have a vasectomy if you think you may change your mind later.
The cost of a vasectomy varies depending on your insurance. Central Ohio Urology Group performs vasectomies for men with and without health insurance.
Most major health insurance providers cover a vasectomy. Ask your insurance company by calling the number on your insurance card, or contact our billing department to help you determine coverage. Please provide us with your policy number and group ID.