In the United States, around 1 in 10 married men has undergone a vasectomy to protect against impregnating their partner. For the skilled urologists at Prince William Urology Associates in Manassas and Haymarket, Virginia, this procedure is easy, fast, and incredibly effective. In fact, vasectomies are nearly 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. If you believe that a vasectomy may be right for you, call Prince William Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.
A vasectomy is a quick, simple surgery that makes it impossible for sperm to leave your body and impregnate your partner. During a vasectomy, your doctor either cuts or blocks off the tiny tubes in your scrotum that carry sperm from your testes to your urethra. Though they can be reversed with varying degrees of success, vasectomies are considered permanent and should not be undertaken unless you’re sure you no longer wish to have children.
In order to prevent pregnancy, a vasectomy blocks sperm from leaving your body when you ejaculate. Because the sperm can’t travel into the woman’s vagina and reach her egg, there is no chance of getting your partner pregnant.
This effect is achieved through a surgical procedure that cuts or blocks the vas deferens, which are the tubes that transport sperm from your testes to your urethra. This keeps your sperm inside your testes, where it’s then absorbed harmlessly by your body. Beginning around three months after your vasectomy, your ejaculate should no longer contain any sperm, eliminating any chance of impregnating your partner.
There are two types of vasectomies: surgical vasectomies and no-scalpel vasectomies. In both types of vasectomies, your doctor at Prince William Urology Associates injects a local anesthetic into your scrotum, numbing the area so you don’t feel the operation.
During a surgical vasectomy, your doctor makes tiny incisions at the top of both sides of your scrotum, allowing them access to the vasa deferensia. They then cut the tubes, tie them, or block them up using tiny clamps. If the tubes are cut, your doctor then cauterizes each end using heat, surgical clips, or a combination of both.
Once the operation has been performed, your doctor may close the incision site using stitches or glue, or may even leave the incision to heal on its own.
No-scalpel vasectomies are performed almost exactly the same as a surgical vasectomy, except that your doctor at Prince William Urology Associates uses a small needle instead of a scalpel. In either case, the procedure only takes about 10-30 minutes, and you can return home right away as soon as the doctor says you’re done. A little swelling after the operation is normal and should subside after a couple of days.
Your doctor will also advise you to limit your physical activity for a day or two following the procedure. Within a weak, you should be fully healed and back to your normal routine. In fact, many men have their vasectomies performed on Friday and return to work the following Monday.
If you believe a vasectomy is right for you, call Prince William Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.