The vasectomy procedure, one of the safest and most effective forms of birth control, is a quick minor procedure available at Mad River Community Hospital. Call for more information to see if it is right for you. 826-8267
Interested in a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a sterilization procedure that cuts the tubes that carry sperm out of a man's body. This permanent birth control method prevents a man from getting a woman pregnant.
If you’re interested in having a vasectomy, review the information on this webpage and call (707)-826-8267 to make an appointment with a pre-procedure nurse. During this appointment, you can ask questions and take the next steps towards having a vasectomy.
How It Works
Sperm are made in the testicles, which are found inside the scrotum. During ejaculation, sperm travel from the testicles through tubes called the vas deferens and out the end of the penis.
The vasectomy procedure cuts and blocks the tubes. This prevents sperm from leaving the penis and therefore never reaching a woman’s egg.
A vasectomy is permanent. After a few months, the semen no longer contains sperm. A vasectomy doesn’t change your sex drive, your ability to have an erection, or the way ejaculation feels. Your semen will still look and feel the same after the procedure. A vasectomy doesn't protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). You should continue to use condoms to protect against STDs.
Sperm Count Test
After your vasectomy, it takes 3 months for the sperm to clear out of the tubes. During this time couples should continue to use birth control. After 3 months, we will test your semen to confirm that it’s free of sperm. The test is called a sperm count test. You’ll need to provide a small amount of semen for testing.
A vasectomy is one of the most effective methods of birth control. Less than 1 out of 100 women whose partners have this surgery become pregnant in a year.
The procedure is considered very safe and does not require general anesthesia.
A vasectomy is permanent. When you have a vasectomy, condoms or other birth control methods do not have to be used during intercourse unless you need to protect against STDs.
Disadvantages and Side Effects
A vasectomy is not effective right away. Couples must use backup birth control for 3 months until your semen is free of sperm.
A vasectomy does not prevent STDs.
It’s not reversible. If you and your partner change your minds and want to get pregnant, you must have a procedure to reconnect the tubes. The reversal procedure is expensive and does not always work.
A vasectomy is surgery so there’s a small chance of bleeding, infection, or pain in the scrotum after the procedure. Contact your doctor if you have any of these side effects.
Before Your Surgery
Before the vasectomy, we will:
Explain the risks and benefits of this procedure, to help relieve any anxiety you may have. Common concerns include fear of pain, loss of sex drive, or damage to the penis or scrotum.
Discuss other birth control options to be sure you and your partner are making the right choice.
Ask you to sign a special consent form 30 days before the surgery.
Possibly recommend avoiding aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and other medications that thin the blood.
After Your Surgery
We will give you a post-procedure instruction sheet, but some things you can expect after your vasectomy include:
Some bruising and swelling for about 2 weeks. Applying an ice pack may prevent or reduce swelling.
Taking a nonprescription pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), to help reduce discomfort.
Wearing a scrotal support for 3 to 4 days after the procedure.
Most men return to work within 2 to 3 days. Some return to work the next day if their work does not involve heavy lifting.
You can start having sex after a week but you must use a backup method of birth control until your doctor tells you that your post-vasectomy sperm count indicates it is safe.