Effectiveness- Almost 100%
However, vasectomy is not effective immediately. There is still some sperm that remains beyond the blocked tubes. It usually takes about three months to clear all the sperm outside of the tubing. Until that time, you and your partner must use a back form of birth control.
So I know we said almost, in vary rare cases the tubes can grow back together again and pregnancy can occur (shots are reloaded). This happens in about 1 out of 1,000 cases.
How it Works
A health care provider closes or blocks the tubes that carry sperm. It’s usually a very short procedure done in an out patient clinic/doctor office. Vasectomy blocks each vas deferens ( the vesicles sperm travel through) and keeps sperm out of the seminal fluid. The sperm are absorbed by the body instead of being ejaculated. Essential shooting blanks. They are two types of procedures
Usually, a local anesthetic is injected into the pelvic area. Then, the doctor makes an incision on each side of the scrotum to reach each vas deferens — the tubes that carry sperm. Sometimes a single incision is made in the center. Each tube is blocked. In most procedures, a small section of each tube is removed. Tubes may be tied off or blocked with surgical clips. Or, they may be closed using an instrument with an electrical current.
With the no-incision (“no-scalpel”) method, the skin of the scrotum is not cut. One tiny puncture is made to reach both tubes. The tubes are then tied off, cauterized, or blocked. The tiny puncture heals quickly. No stitches are needed, and no scarring takes place.
The no-scalpel method reduces bleeding and decreases the possibility of infection, bruising, and other complications.
Major complications with vasectomy are rare and are usually caused by infection.
Complication rates for vasectomy are generally lower for the no-incision method than for methods that include cutting the skin.
After you’ve had a vasectomy, look for signs of infection high fevers, blood or pus around the incision area or excessive pain. Other side effects include:
- Bruising, which usually clears up on its own
- Hematomas — swellings that contain blood. They usually clear up by themselves, or with bed rest or ice packs. In rare cases, they need to be drained by a health care provider.
- Hydroceles — swellings that contain fluid and tenderness near the testicles. They usually clear up in about a week. Applying heat and wearing an athletic supporter can help. In rare cases, they need to be drained with by a health care provider.
- Granuloma — sperm that leaks from the tubes and causes a small lump under the skin near the site of the surgery. This usually clears up by itself. Surgical treatment is sometimes required.
- Pain or discomfort in the testicles. This is usually temporary, but in about 2 out of 100 cases the pain may be chronic and severe. Most of the time, pain is relieved by taking anti-inflammatory drugs or other medications. Very rarely, an injection called a spermatic cord block can be used to deaden the pain temporarily. Vasectomy reversal is very rarely needed to relieve pain permanently.
- Decreased sexual desire or an inability to have an erection occurs in 4 out of 1,000 cases. The most likely cause is emotional — yes boys we are saying that it’s likely in your head, because there is no physical cause for sexual dysfunction associated with vasectomy.
Note to Self
Vasectomy does not change your hormones or masculinity. And it will not affect your ability to get and stay erect. It also will not affect your sex organs, sexuality, and sexual pleasure. No glands or organs are removed or altered. Your hormones and sperm continue being produced. Your ejaculate will look just like it always did. And there will be about the same amount as before. Nationwide, the cost of a vasectomy ranges from $350–$1,000, including the follow-up sperm count.