A vasectomy is a simple, permanent surgical procedure in which the tubes (vas deferens) that join the urethra are cut, clamped, cauterized or tied to prevent sperm from entering the semen. The procedure takes approximately 10-15 minutes and is usually done under a local anesthetic in a doctor’s office.
To get a vasectomy, you will need a referral to either a urologist or a general practitioner who specializes in this area. Contact our clinic for help finding a doctor in Greater Victoria.
A vasectomy is a permanent form of birth control and is therefore only recommended for people who are certain they don’t want to cause a pregnancy or feel their family is complete.
Vasectomies are highly effective with few complications
Benefits of the vasectomy as a method of birth control include:
- 99.85% effective
- Simple procedure with few complications, and the recovery time is quick
- Free for people who have coverage with the British Columbia Medical Services Plan
- No significant long term side effects, no interference with intercourse and no issues with compliance (nothing to remember)
- Vasectomies are not effective immediately. You will need to monitor sperm count for 3 months following the procedure and have a sperm count performed. Once it can be determined that there are no sperm present in ejaculate, it is considered an effective method.
- Permanent (although reproductive technology may be able to assist in achieving pregnancy)
- No protection against Sexually Transmitted Infections
Vasectomies do not affect ejaculation or virility
A vasectomy causes no changes in the ability to ejaculate as sperm make up less than 5% of the total volume of semen. After the procedure, the rate of sperm production will decrease and those that are produced will break down and be reabsorbed by the body- just as those sperm that are produced but not ejaculated.
Vasectomy has no effect on virility as the procedure doesn’t affect the testes production of testosterone. Sex drive, potency, male characteristics and sexual pleasure will remain the same.
Many people report improved sexual desire and pleasure after a vasectomy as the risk for pregnancy has been permanently eliminated.
Vasectomy should be considered carefully
The decision to have a vasectomy can be complex. Take time to assess your situation and discuss your thoughts and concerns openly and honestly with your partner and health care professional.