A vasectomy – or male sterilisation – is a quick surgical procedure which cuts the tubes which carry sperm from a man’s testicles.

A vasectomy is highly effective and enables men to take an even more active and long-term role in contraception and family planning.

Vasectomy Procedure

Local anaesthetic is applied to the scrotum (ball bag) to numb the area so a small incision (cut) can be made.

The tubes which carry the sperm from the testicles to the penis are pulled through the cut and a small section is removed.

The procedure typically takes around 30 minutes and – after some initial tenderness – there is usually little pain or discomfort.

Existing sperm can remain within the tubes, so a semen sample is taken after 12 weeks. If no sperm are present, the procedure is successful and the man is sterile.

A vasectomy is over 99% effective. However, it is long-term and very hard to successfully reverse.

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