If you’re sure you don’t want to father children, a vasectomy is the most effective form of birth control, even slightly better at preventing pregnancy than tubal ligation in women. At the Urology Center of Orange County, Khaled Fareed, MD, has extensive experience performing vasectomies in the private, relaxing atmosphere of his office. The first step is scheduling a consultation so Dr. Fareed can answer your questions and explain the procedure. To make an appointment, call the office in Fountain Valley, California today.
A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that permanently stops your ability to father a child. You can still have a healthy sex life with normal ejaculations. However, your ejaculate no longer contains sperm, so your partner can’t get pregnant.
To ensure your comfort, Dr. Fareed performs vasectomies in the Urology Center of Orange County office. Most men find the office more relaxing and private than being at a hospital or outpatient surgical center.
Before you have a vasectomy, Dr. Fareed schedules a consultation. During your consultation, he answers all your questions and explains the procedure. Your consultation can occur in the office or via a telehealth appointment so you can talk with him from the convenience of your home.
During a vasectomy, Dr. Fareed cuts and blocks the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from your testicles to the urethra. As a result, sperm can’t get into your semen.
After applying a topical anesthetic, Dr. Fareed uses a special instrument to make a tiny hole in the scrotum. Then he carefully pulls the vas deferens through the hole, cuts it, and seals each end. He repeats the same procedure on the other testicle.
Most men have mild discomfort or swelling that goes away in a few days, but they can go back to work the next day. However, it takes about a week to fully heal.
While you recover, it’s important to avoid strenuous activities, including sex. When you have sex again, you need to use another method of birth control until Dr. Fareed determines your semen no longer contains sperm.
After cutting the vas deferens, new sperm can’t leave the testicle, but sperm remain on the other side of the cut and can get into your semen. It takes about three months or 20 ejaculations to clear out all the sperm.
During your follow-up appointments, Dr. Fareed checks your sperm count to determine when you can have sex without back-up birth control.
If you change your mind later, you can consider microsurgery to reconnect the vas deferens. However, surgery to reverse a vasectomy isn’t always successful, and your odds go down as time passes.
To schedule a vasectomy consultation, call the Urology Center of Orange County today.