Vasectomy, contraception for men
Vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilization or permanent contraception. It ensures that in most cases the person will be sterile after confirmation of success following surgery. Patients are usually men who have already had children. The surgery can be performed on adult males of any age, but due to it being a permanent method of contraception, men are usually counseled and advised to consider how the long-term outcome of a vasectomy might affect them both emotionally and physically.
How the surgery is performed?
Vasectomy is usually performed under local anesthesia and the surgery itself takes no more than 30 minutes. 2 small cuts are made in the skin of the scrotum to reach the vas deferens. The vas deferens are cut and tied with a suture. The scrotal cuts may be closed with dissolvable stitches or allowed to close on their own.
- Sexual intercourse should be avoided for 1 week after surgery;
- Other methods of birth control should be used for at least 3 months after surgery;
- Surgery does not affect a man’s sexual potency.