Do you have questions about vasectomy? We have the answers.
Have you ever considered a vasectomy? Considering this option inevitably raises questions. We’ve collected some of the most frequently asked questions about vasectomy and put together the answers here. Always consult your healthcare provider for specific information and recommendations that apply to your individual health needs.
UT Health East Texas Urology offers Vasectomy in Tyler, Athens and surrounding areas. For more information on this procedure, or to schedule an appointment, please visit uthealtheasttexas.com/vasectomies.
What happens during the vasectomy procedure?
In the male reproductive system, the two testicles produce sperm that pass through the vas deferens (Latin for “carrying blood vessels”), mix with semen in the penis, and are taken up by the female to fertilize an egg. In a vasectomy, a urologist cuts the vas deferens attached to each testicle, removes a small section, and closes the two ends to prevent sperm from entering the semen.
A vasectomy is usually performed in an outpatient setting under light sedation and takes 10-30 minutes to complete.
What are the benefits of a vasectomy?
effective contraception – A vasectomy is a male birth control method that can prevent pregnancy almost 100% of the time. These high odds make vasectomy more reliable than other forms of birth control.
simple procedure – Vasectomy can be done in the clinic under light sedation. Local anesthesia is given to numb the scrotum during surgery.
cost effective – This procedure is much easier and less expensive than going into the operating room for a tubal ligation, also called a tubal ligation, which closes the fallopian tubes that connect the ovaries to the uterus. Women who have undergone this procedure can no longer conceive.
No effect on sex life –While some men fear that their libido will decrease after a vasectomy, in reality the opposite often happens as the patient is no longer interested in getting their partner pregnant. A ductectomy does not change a man’s hormones, libido, erections, or ejaculation. It just prevents the sperm from moving into the semen.
What are the risks of a vasectomy?
side effects – In most cases, the procedure is safe and effective with minimal side effects. Patients may experience some swelling in the groin area, which can be treated with ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers. Such cases do not occur regularly.
Not necessarily reversible – Because a vasectomy is permanent, it cannot always be reversed. Vasectomy reversal success rates are based on individual factors such as time since procedure and the patient’s overall health.
No prevention of STDs – Vasectomy does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). A man’s ejaculated semen can transmit disease to his partner.
How to Schedule a Vasectomy Appointment
Urologists at UT Health East Texas are available for vasectomy consultations. Patients can request an appointment by calling 903-262-3900 (Tyler) or 903-676-9339 (Athens).