What do you need to know?

Vasectomy is a surgical procedure that allows sterilization in men. This operation is 99% effective and involves few risks. It is therefore a reliable method of contraception. More and more men are using it, especially to avoid their partner having to take hormonal contraceptives. Before using vasectomy, however, everyone should consider other available contraceptive methods to make an informed choice based on what is best for them.
It should be noted that sterilization is also possible in women, but it is a much more invasive and costly procedure.

What does the urologist do?

The vasectomy is performed on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia. It consists in cutting the vas deferens, i. e. the ducts that carry sperm from the testicles. Thus, the ejaculate will no longer contain sperm and therefore will not risk causing a pregnancy in his partner. The procedure does not affect the ability to ejaculate, the amount of ejaculate or the pleasure of orgasm.

There is a small risk of complications, including bleeding, hematoma or discomfort for a few days. However, more serious complications are very rare. It should be noted that vasectomy is most of the time not reimbursed by health insurance.

What if I regret it?

Vasectomy is a reversible procedure in 95% of cases. However, it should be noted that the quality and quantity of semen in the liquid may be lower than before. In addition, this “cancelled” operation is more complex and relatively expensive.

What to remember

  • Vasectomy is a 99% effective contraceptive method.
  • It consists of cutting the ducts that carry sperm from the testicles.
  • Vasectomy is reversible, but the quality of the sperm may then be poorer than before.


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