MaleSterilisationVasectomy

A vasectomy is a procedure that involves cutting or blocking two tubes, called the vas deferens, so that sperm can no longer get into the semen.

This is a permanent method of Contraception and is commonly referred to as “sterilisation” or “getting the snip”.

A Vasectomy does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or blood-borne viruses (BBVs). Practice safer sex by using condoms to reduce the risk of STIs and BBVs.

    What is a Vasectomy?

    The vasectomy blocks the vas deferens on both sides so the sperm cannot
    travel and mix with the semen.

    After the vasectomy, the man’s sexual arousal, response and orgasm will be the same and he will still ejaculate but the ejaculation will be semen that does not contain sperm.

    How does a Vasectomy work?

    Sperm are produced in the testes. They pass into the epididymis and travel through two tubes called the vas deferens until they mix with the seminal fluid.

    The seminal fluid is produced by the seminal vesicles & prostate gland. This mixture is semen, which is released through the penis during ejaculation.

    A vasectomy is a procedure that involves cutting or blocking the vas deferens, so that sperm can no longer get into the semen.

    How well does a Vasectomy work?

    A Vasectomy is one of the most effective methods of contraception 99.5%. It is considered to be a permanent form of contraception (last forever).

    It is not immediately effective as viable sperm may remain in the vas deferens for 3 months.

    A semen analysis to detect any remaining live sperm should be done 8-12 weeks after the procedure.

    Other forms of contraception should be used until the semen analysis is clear. Click here for other contraceptive options

    What's good about a Vasectomy?

    • It is a quick and simple procedure and the complication rate is low.
    • It is permanent (lasts forever).
    • It’s is very effective and low cost compared to other forms of contraception.
    • It does not affect your ability to enjoy sex or be able to have an orgasm.
    • It allows your partner to stop taking other forms of contraception.

    What can stop a Vasectomy from working?

    It is very uncommon for a vasectomy to stop working.

    Are there any side effects from having a Vasectomy?

    Problems which can occur after a vasectomy include:

    • Some discomfort & bruising after the procedure is to be expected. This may last a few days.
    • Pain relief, cold compresses and a scrotal support should be organised before the procedure.
    • Lumps or Infection at the wound site.
    • Mild inflammatory reaction to sperm that may have gotten loose during the surgery (called sperm granuloma).

    Why a Vasectomy may not be right for you?

    A Vasectomy may not be a good choice for you if you are:

    • Unsure as to whether you want to have children in the future.
    • Under the age of 30 years

    How do I get a Vasectomy?

    Step 1
    If you are considering a Vasectomy you should see your doctor for an appointment.

    They will explain the procedure, organise a referral to a doctor whom performs the procedure and arrange any necessary tests.

    Step 2
    The doctor who will perform the procedure will carry out an assessment to see if your suitable for the procedure.

    If you are deemed suitable and are a private patient a date for the surgery will be arranged. If you are a public patient, you will be placed on the surgical waiting list.

    Step 3
    Vasectomy Surgery – During the procedure, the male vas deferens (2) are cut and tied or sealed thereby preventing sperm from coming out of the penis during sexual intercourse.

    A Vasectomy is mainly done under local anaesthesia & you are awake during the procedure.

    Step 4
    Recovery – Some post operative discomfort is common.

    What do I do if I have unprotected sex before knowing if the Vasectomy has worked?

    To ensure the Vasectomy has worked you need to have a sperm test 8-12 weeks after the procedure to know if the Vasectomy has worked.

    If you do have unprotected sex before this time your partner may need Emergency contraception.

    Can a Vasectomy be reversed?

    A Vasectomy can be reversed but there is no guarantee that a reversal procedure will be successful.

    It can be expensive and you have 50%-60% of fathering a child after the reversal.

    What else do I need to know?

    It is important for a man to discuss the procedure with his doctor to ensure he is making an informed decision.

    It is important to consider vasectomy as permanent.

    There is no guarantee that a reversal procedure will be successful. It can be expensive and you have 50%-60% of fathering a child after the reversal.

    If you have an infection on or around your genitals, or if you have a bleeding disorder. You may need to wait to have a vasectomy.

    It is very uncommon for a vasectomy to stop working.

    Do not have unprotected sex until you have a sperm test to see if the vasectomy has worked.

    If your partner does get pregnant after your vasectomy it is safe to continue with the pregnancy.

    Where to get more information, support or advice.

    Family Planning Tasmania has clinics in Glenorchy, Launceston, and Burnie. Click here to contact a clinic near you

    Any of our Doctors or Nurses can assist you with information or support about Vasectomys, or you can talk to you regular GP

    You can also download our My Choice App which can help you to be informed and take control of you own sexual health. Go to My Choice

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    Glenorchy
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    Burnie
    9am-5pm Mon, Wed, Thurs6431 7692