What You Need to Know Before You Get a Vasectomy

What You Need to Know Before You Get a Vasectomy

What’s the most effective form of birth control? Men have the option of a vasectomy, a simple and effective contraceptive procedure that’s even more effective that a tubal ligation for women. If you’re a man who is sure you don’t want to conceive children in the future, a vasectomy lets you go about your life with peace of mind about reproductive matters.

Dr. Khaled Fareed performs vasectomy procedures from his location at the Urology Center of Orange County of Fountain Valley, California. Here’s what Dr. Fareed wants his new and existing patients to understand before opting for a vasectomy.

How does a vasectomy work?

The tubes of your vas deferens transport your sperm from the testicles to the urethra when you ejaculate, potentially fertilizing an egg in your partner’s body if you’re having intercourse. A vasectomy works by simply blocking these tubes, so that your semen after ejaculation will no longer contain sperm.

Post-vasectomy, your sexual biology functions the same way as before, but without a risk of unwanted conception. That means that you can forget about pills, condoms, pregnancy tests, and all the rest!

What happens during a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a simple outpatient surgical procedure that is performed under topical anesthetic. Dr. Fareed makes a small incision in your scrotum, then pulls out the vas deferens tube, cuts it, and seals the tube. The procedure needs to be repeated for both of your testicles.

Dr. Fareed offers vasectomies from the comfort and relaxation of his office at the Urology Center of Orange County, which may be less stressful for you than undergoing the procedure at a hospital.

What happens after a vasectomy?

After your vasectomy, you can head home right away. Typically, any mild swelling or discomfort related to your vasectomy procedure should be gone within just a few days, and you can go back to work and regular activity right away. Wait on strenuous activities, including sex, for a week to fully heal.

While a vasectomy provides excellent long-term contraception results, it can take up to three months post-procedure for full sterilization. That’s because you might still have sperm present in your system that could be released through ejaculate. It takes about 20 ejaculations to completely clear your body of currently-present sperm. That’s when the results of your vasectomy reach full strength.

Dr. Fareed checks your sperm count at follow-up appointments after your vasectomy, and can let you know where you are in the process of clearing your system. You might need to continue using backup birth control methods until your sperm count is sufficiently low to indicate success with your vasectomy.

Is a vasectomy permanent?

Your results after your vasectomy can last a lifetime. However, if you discover after your procedure that you’re interested in fathering children, your vasectomy may be reversible. You have better odds of successful reversal of your vasectomy if less, rather than more, time has elapsed since the initial procedure before the reversal microsurgery.

Before your vasectomy, Dr. Fareed makes sure you understand all the risks and implications of your vasectomy for your whole-body and reproductive health. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment with Dr. Fareed over the phone or online, and learn more about whether a vasectomy could be right for you. 

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