Yes. Most men say they don’t feel anything and some men don’t even remember the procedure. Before beginning, your urologist might give you intravenous (IV) medication to help reduce anxiety. Often times, this makes men sleepy and unaware of what’s going on. If that sounds like something you’re interested in, ask for it before scheduling your vasectomy procedure. The next step is numbing your groin area with a local anesthetic. This further lessens any pain you may experience during, and after the procedure.
After you’re numbed up, your doctor will make 1-2 small incisions in your scrotum. Both of your vas deferens tubes will be cut and sealed. The vas deferens are then placed back inside your scrotum and the incision is closed up with dissolvable stitches.
Most vasectomies are completed in about 20-30 minutes.
You’ll be ready for sexual intercourse as soon as your stitches are healed, or as soon as you feel you’re ready. Most men, though, need about a week to recover enough to be able to perform in bed. Regardless, make sure you ask about when you can have sex again, since recommendations vary by patient.
Aside from the initial healing period, having a vasectomy won’t affect your sex life at all. You’ll still have the same sex drive and ejaculate just as much as you used to, just without the sperm.
A vasectomy, or male sterilization, is the most effective form of male birth control. It has a nearly 100% success rate at preventing conception. But even after your vasectomy, you aren’t sterile overnight. You’ll have to continue using another form of birthcontrol for about 3 months after your procedure. That allows any straggling semen to escape your body. After a few months, your urologist can conduct a semen analysis to ensure that your semen is sperm-free. Until you get that green light from your doctor, keep using alternative birth control.
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