Frequently Asked Question
Vasectomy is the procedure of dividing the vas (the tube that delivers the sperm from the testis to the prostate) in order to prevent conception. It is the most common method of male contraception in this country where about 500,000 vasectomies are done each year. It is an elective surgical procedure to achieve sterility. Since vasectomy simply interrupts the delivery of the sperm, it does not change the hormonal function of the testis and sexual drive and ability remain intact. Since most of the semen is composed of fluid from the prostate, the semen will look the same. Although the man continues to have sexual intercourse and climax as before, his semen does not contain sperm and he cannot father a child following a vasectomy.
No scalpel-vasectomy is different from a conventional vasectomy, The No SNIP vasectomy is a registered trademark and stands for No-Scalpel, No Needle, No Incision, and No Pain Vasectomy. An improved method of anesthesia helps make the procedure less painful.
It takes 20-25 minutes to perform vasectomy
Sterility after vasectomy is NOT immediate. It may take 20 to 25 ejaculations and several weeks before your semen is negative for sperm. You should use alternative methods of contraception till 2 consecutive semen tests are negative. Occasionally, some patients will have rare non-motile (dead) sperm in the semen for periods longer than 3-6 months. Most of these patients will get sperm free semen at some stage on repeated checking. These low counts of sperm are generally incompatible with pregnancy. Only presence of motile (moving and alive) sperm in semen make a case for failed vasectomy.
The testes continue to produce sperm after vasectomy. They however face obstruction on their path to semen at the site of vasectomy. After living their life span (like many other cells) they die and are dissolved. The proteins and debris so produced are absorbed into body.
Yes, you can drive in and out to have our no SNIP vasectomy. The procedure is minimally invasive. We do not use sedation. Therefore, it is safe to drive. We, however, encourage you to use a driver if one is available.
Vasectomy is the safest and most cost effective method for contraception. To read more about alternatives with success/failure rates please click here.
No. The risk of STD is not changed by vasectomy and recommended guidelines for protection against STDs should be practiced.
Unless surgically reversed (vasectomy reversal), vasectomy is considered permanent.
Vasectomy only blocks the transport of sperm from testes to semen (sperm make less than 5-10% of ejaculated fluid). There is no appreciable change in ejaculated volume. The male hormones (responsible for sexual drive) and erection are not affected by this procedure, hence there is no adverse effect on sexual desire and performance.
Most insurance programs cover a vasectomy, and it may be included in your existing benefits. If your plan covers the procedure the majority of the cost will be paid through the insurance. Depending on the terms of your program, the actual cash cost to you could be only a small co-pay or deductible amount. For self-pay patients, the total cost is $1700.00 (It includes Consult $250, Procedure $1250, Follow up visit $100 and Mandatory Pathology report by a pathologist is $100)
There have been many large, epidemiological studies comparing vasectomized and nonvasectomized men, and none of them have shown any health risks associated with vasectomy especially dementia. At this time, it is believed that there is no association between vasectomy and prostate or testicular cancer; although more research is needed before definitive conclusions can be reached.
Vasectomy is low risk procedure and associated with minor complications. For a detailed review of complications, you can review our complications page under "No SNIP Vasectomy" link in header navigation bar.
Sperm make only 5% or less of the total semen volume, so you shouldn't notice any change in your ejaculate after vasectomy. Your partner may sometimes be able to feel the vasectomy site.
Ejaculation and orgasm are not affected by vasectomy.
A vasectomy does not cause erectile dysfunction.
There is a small chance a vasectomy may fail. This occurs when sperm leaking from one end of the cut vas deferens find a channel to the other cut end. The risk of pregnancy after vasectomy is 1 in 2000.
Yes. The vas deferens can be surgically reconnected in a procedure called vasectomy reversal. If you don't want to have vasectomy reversal, sperm can be taken from the testicle or the epididymis and used for in vitro fertilization. You may also consider sperm banking before vasectomy. These procedures are costly and may not be covered by your health plan. Also, they don't always work. If you think you may want to have children one day, you should look into non-permanent forms of birth control before deciding to have a vasectomy.