Vasectomy is the minimally invasive in-office procedure for male surgical sterilization. A small break is made in the scrotal skin through which the vas deferens are divided and separated to block the passage of sperm to the ejaculatory ducts. Often this is performed without the use of a scalpel and often the wound is so small that stitches are not even necessary.


How effective is a vasectomy?

Vasectomies are more than 99 percent effective as a form of birth control. However, the procedure does not make you infertile right away. Until two separate semen analysis show your ejaculate is free of sperm, you must continue to use a form of birth control.

Does it hurt?

Most men report the procedure as “uncomfortable”. The worst part for most is the anesthetic being administered (about the same as an injection at the dentist). The hair growing back on the scrotum can also be uncomfortable for some.

Will it affect my sex life?

Most studies show that men’s sex lives are better or unchanged after a vasectomy.

Can it be reversed?

A vasectomy reversal is possible, but the chance of reversal with restoration of fertility varies and is dependent on multiple factors. In general, if that vasectomy is reversed within 5 years there is roughly a 50-60% chance of restoring fertility. Urology Associates does not perform reversals, but we are happy to refer patients to one of our trusted partners.

Will this change my production of testosterone and hormone balance?

No. Your testicles will still produce testosterone, so there is no reduction in your hormones.