View our commonly asked questions Dr Michael Read is here to answer any questions you have regarding your Vasectomy procedure. Please take a look at our FAQ’s to see if your question has already been answered. If your questions haven’t been answered below feel free to contact our clinic on 1800 377 323 What is a Vasectomy? A minor 15-30-minute operation, under local anaesthetic performed in an out-patient operating theatre. Vasectomy offers the most effective permanent means of surgical contraception. It has one of the lowest incidences of side effects when compared with other contraceptive methods. How does a vasectomy work? The doctor closes the tiny narrow tubes through which the sperm (male seeds) travel. This tube, the vas deferens, gives the operation its name. How does this prevent pregnancy? Sperm travelling through the tubes enter a man’s sexual discharge (semen). Cutting the tubes prevents sperm from reaching the semen. When there are no sperm in the semen after a vasectomy, the discharge at sexual relations cannot cause pregnancy. What happens to the sperm? The sperm die, dissolve and are absorbed by the body, a process which occurs with all cells – for example 5 hundred million red blood cells die every day. Does a vasectomy involve a man’s sex organs? No, neither the penis nor testicles are affected. Semen and male hormones are produced as usual. Studies on men, both before and after vasectomy, have demonstrated that no hormonal changes occur. Does vasectomy affect sex enjoyment or a man’s ability to reach a climax? There is no change. A man enjoys sex as much as before and continues to have erections, orgasm and ejaculations of semen but the discharge is sperm-free. Removal of fear of accidental pregnancy may add a greater sense of pleasure. Is a vasectomy painful? With local anaesthetic, there is usually no pain. As with other minor surgery some discomfort or tenderness may be felt afterwards. This can be relieved with Paracetamol. Does the operation require time off work? Most men can return to their jobs after 2 to 3 days, it is advised to avoid heavy work or sport for 7 to 10 days. Is a vasectomy safe? All surgery involves some risk but a Vasectomy is safe. The most frequent complications are local swelling, bleeding and infection, (about 1 in 100). Serious bruising, pain or other complications (less than 1 in 1,000). How long after a vasectomy can you have intercourse As soon as you are comfortable which may be only a few days. Can a man get a woman pregnant after a vasectomy? Active sperm may remain in the vas (tube) ahead of the cut and come out in the semen for some time after the operation. This varies with each man, but might take up to several months. A contraceptive method must still be used until the semen is tested and the man told his discharge contains no sperm. In very rare instances a tube may grow back together, letting sperm pass through, or one side may have more than one tube. Can fertility be restored at a later time? Some success has been recorded in reconnecting the tubes surgically although no one should count on reversing the operation. Couples should use vasectomy only when they are certain they do not want more children. Medicare does not have a refund for reversals. Before my vasectomy? Avoid Aspirin and anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen. Shave the scrotum and pubic area and thoroughly clean the area. Firm underpants rather than boxers. How do men who had have a vasectomy feel about it? The great majority are happy about it and recommend it to their friends. Few men express reservations or regret. Usually these have had complications, insufficient discussion beforehand, expected it to solve a previous problem, or were pushed into having the operation. How is a vasectomy arranged? Call the Vasectomy Clinic on 1800 377 323 to book your consultation or visit your GP for advice. Is the cost refundable from medicare? Yes, but the amount varies with Federal Government policies. Don’t forget to share this via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.