Vasectomy – are you a suitable candidate? If you are considering having a vasectomy however are unsure of whether or not it is the right birth control choice for you, the following article answers some key questions that you may want to consider. What is a vasectomy? A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure blocking sperm passing from the testes. This procedure will provide effective birth control. Dr Michael Read has extensive knowledge and understanding of the various techniques required to perform the procedure. He performs a no scalpel (keyhole) vasectomy. This procedure exposes the sperm-carrying vas deferens tube, which is cut and then sealed at the end. Vasectomy is contraception only. You should expect to have normal testes, hormones, erections, ejaculation and libido. Once the pregnancy risk is gone, many men claim their sex lives are better. How safe is a vasectomy? All surgical procedures involve some risk, but a vasectomy is a simple and safe method of contraception. The no-scalpel, keyhole technique is being adopted as the preferred method due to its lower risk of complication. Minor complications may include local swelling, bleeding and infection but these are rare occurrences. All potential risks and complications, along with ways to minimise this risk, will be discussed in your initial consultation. Are vasectomies reversible? The decision to have a vasectomy should be made with the understanding that it is a permanent means of birth control. Although vasectomy can often be reversed, this process can be costly and often unsuccessful. It is important to have an adequate discussion with all parties involved and be fully informed prior to going ahead with the procedure. You will receive all the relevant information and be given the opportunity to ask any questions in your initial consultation. If you are thinking about a reversal now, perhaps you should take more time to decide if vasectomy is right for you. Is now the right time for you? The decision to have a vasectomy should not be taken lightly. As stated above, there are no guarantees that the procedure can be successfully reversed. If you are considering having a vasectomy, you should be certain that you do not wish to have any children in future. We highly recommend that you discuss this with your partner and make the decision together. You may also wish to consider other forms of contraception. All of these topics and more will be discussed during your initial consultation with Dr Read. To book an appointment, call us on 5531 3205 or complete the enquiry form on this page. Don’t forget to share this via Twitter and LinkedIn.