If you’re sure your family is complete, a vasectomy is one of the most effective and easy forms of birth control possible. The procedure is almost 100% effective at preventing pregnancy and, in most cases, can be reversed if you change your mind.
A vasectomy makes it so sperm can’t leave your body through your semen. It cuts off the supply by sealing the vas deferens, which are the tubes that carry sperm from your testicles to the urethra.
During a vasectomy, Dr. W. Cooper Buschemeyer III, makes a tiny incision in your scrotum to access the vas deferens. He removes a small part of the tube and then ties the two ends together to prevent transport of sperm. He’ll seal your scrotum with dissolvable stitches and the procedure is complete. It takes just a few minutes in the office.
Despite the relatively simplicity of the procedure, it’s still scary to have any type of surgery — especially surgery that involves sensitive areas.
Here are some facts that can calm your nerves in advance of your vasectomy.
There’s little discomfort with a vasectomy. You may feel a slight tugging during the procedure, but your scrotum is numb.
You may have a little pain and discomfort for a few days, but it’s easily controlled with over-the-counter pain medications and ice packs. Plan to return to work the day after surgery.
You will need to avoid sexual intercourse for 3-7 days. And, for about three months afterwards, you should still plan on using other forms of birth control. We will schedule a semen analysis in 8-16 weeks to be sure your semen is free of sperm, but until you get this clearance — conception is possible.
Even after a vasectomy, your testicles continue to make sperm. The sperm just can’t enter your urethra and your semen. Overtime, your sperm cells die and are then absorbed by your body.
A vasectomy doesn’t affect your manliness in any way. You still produce testosterone and release it into your system to support your sex drive, deep voice, and facial hair.
Your erections and climaxes remain exactly the same as they were before your vasectomy. You just now have azoospermia, a fancy word for semen without sperm. In fact, you might enjoy sex more because you don’t have the added stress of potentially creating an unwanted pregnancy or stopping to deal with contraception.
If you’re really anxious about your procedure, we can offer you a prescription for single-use anti-anxiety medication to help you relax. The medication just takes the edge off your nerves so you feel more at ease when you come to the office.
If you’re ready to explore how a vasectomy can free up your sex life contact Buschemeyer Urology to set up a consultation. Call one of the offices in Conroe or Woodlands, Texas, today or use this website to arrange your appointment.