If you’re ready to stop having children, a vasectomy is the most effective form of birth control available, even slightly more effective than tubal ligation in women. Board-certified urologist W. Cooper Buschemeyer III, MD, has years of experience performing safe and effective vasectomies in the comfort of his office. To learn more about the procedure or to schedule an appointment, call the office in Conroe or The Woodlands, Texas, today. You can also request an appointment using the convenient online booking feature.
A vasectomy is a simple office procedure that provides effective birth control for men. The procedure works by stopping sperm from getting into semen. You can still have a healthy sex life with normal erections and ejaculations, but without sperm, your partner won’t get pregnant.
During a vasectomy, Dr. Buschemeyer III cuts the vas deferens, the tube that carries sperm from your testicles to the urethra. That prevents the sperm from reaching the urethra, where they mix with semen right before ejaculation.
Dr. Buschemeyer III does your vasectomy using a topical anesthetic. He uses a special instrument that makes a tiny hole in the scrotum. Then he gently pulls the vas deferens through the hole, cuts it, and seals the two ends. He repeats the same procedure on both testicles.
You may have mild discomfort or swelling, but that goes away in a few days, and you can go back to work the next day. It takes about a week to heal fully. During that time, you should avoid strenuous activities, including sex. When you start having sex again, it’s important to use another method of birth control.
Even though the vas deferens are cut, and new sperm do not leave the testicle, you still have sperm in the tube on the other side of where it was cut. It takes about three months or 20 ejaculations to clear all the sperm out.
During your follow-up appointments, Dr. Buschemeyer III checks your sperm count to determine when you can safely have sex without backup birth control.
If you change your mind down the road and want to have more children, you can have microsurgery to reconnect the vas deferens. Your vasectomy doesn’t affect sperm production, so once the tube is restored, your semen once again contains sperm.
Vasectomy reversal is generally a successful procedure, especially when it’s done within 10 years of your vasectomy. However, it doesn’t always work for everyone.
Your odds of a successful reversal go down as more time passes. Additionally, getting pregnant depends on other variables, such as the health of your sperm and the quality and quantity of your partner’s eggs.
If you’re ready for a vasectomy or you would like to learn more about the procedure, call W. Cooper Buschemeyer III, MD, or request an appointment online today.