Vasectomy is a surgical operation for male sterilisation. It is a very effective, safe and permanent form of contraception. If you feel that your family is complete or certain that you don’t wish to have any more children, vasectomy may be the right option for you.
More than 25,000 men get a vasectomy in Australia each year. In total one in four men over the age of 40 have had a vasectomy. Vasectomy is more reliable than other methods of birth control, such as condoms or withdrawal, or for women, the contraceptive pill, intrauterine devices (IUD’s), diaphragms and related methods. For men, vasectomy is less complicated and less expensive than tubal litigation, the permanent method of birth control for women.
What happens with a vasectomy?
Vasectomy is a simple day procedure. A local anesthetic injection numbs the area and then a very small hole is made in the front of the scrotum. Through this opening, each sperm-carrying tube (vas deferens) is cut and sealed off. Once this heals you will have a very small scar on the scrotum which will fade over time.
After a vasectomy, sperm are still produced and leave the testes, but are stopped in the epididymis (the collecting tube that lies along the back of the testes) where they are reabsorbed back into the body.
How effective is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is extremely effective, with close to 100% effectiveness rate. Situations in which a vasectomy fails are very rare, and usually occur when the procedure was carried out by an inexperienced doctor. At Carina Medical vasectomy clinic, you’ll have no problems.
How long does a vasectomy take?
The vasectomy procedure usually takes around 30-45 minutes. We’ll let you know how long your procedure will take when you attend your consultation.
Is a vasectomy painful?
The vasectomy procedure itself won’t be particularly painful. We use a local anaesthetic to offset any pain. You may feel some discomfort or slight pressure, but overall the level of pain will be extremely low.
Ordinary pain killers and a cold pack will help manage discomfort when you get home.
Can you still ejaculate after a vasectomy?
Your semen volume does not noticeably reduce after a vasectomy, but it will no longer contain sperm.
Are you awake during a vasectomy?
You will be awake during the procedure, but we’ll use a local anaesthetic, so there will only be minimal pain or discomfort.
How long does it take to recover from a vasectomy?
It is recommended you take it easy and have a day or two off work or more if your work is very physical.
What is the cost of getting a vasectomy?
The cost of a vasectomy at the Carina Medical Vasectomy Clinic is $495.
How soon after a vasectomy can you have sex?
Following your vasectomy, there will still be viable sperm in your vas deferens. It may take up to 20 ejaculations for these viable sperm to completely leave your system.
You will need to submit a semen sample three months after the procedure to ensure your semen is sperm-free. This is very important. You will need to use contraception until this time.
How to prepare for your vasectomy
Wear supportive clothing. You’ll want reasonably snug underwear rather than boxer shorts. The aim is to avoid placing any stress on the affected area. You may consider trimming the area with clippers. Do not shave with a razor, just give it a trim. If you can’t or won’t trim with clippers, we may have to when you come in.
Can you drive after a vasectomy?
As for any other mildly invasive medical procedure, we recommend that you do not drive home after a vasectomy. It is helpful to allow your body to begin the healing process immediately. For this reason, it’s best to have someone drive you home. Due to the relatively quick procedure, they may be able to wait in our waiting room.
Is there a Medicare rebate for a vasectomy?
The Medicare rebate for this procedure is $195.40.
How to make a vasectomy appointment
An appointment with the Medical Practitioner is required prior to booking a vasectomy. We advise that this appointment is scheduled at least two weeks prior to the vasectomy booking. This is so necessary arrangements can be made and a suitable time is available. The Medical Practitioner will explain any significant risks and relevant treatment options prior to the procedure. The procedures are performed on a Friday afternoon to allow recovery time over the weekend period.