Vasectomy is a surgical operation for male sterilization. It is a very effective, safe and permanent form of contraception. If you feel that your family is complete or certain that you don’t wish to have any more children, vasectomy may be the right option for you.
What happens with a vasectomy?
Vasectomy is a simple day procedure. A local anesthetic injection numbs the area and then a very small hole is made in the front of the scrotum. Through this opening, each sperm-carrying tube (vas deferens) is cut and sealed off. Once this heals you will have a very small scar on the scrotum which will fade over time.
The procedure usually takes around 30 minutes. It is recommended you take it easy and have a day or two off work or more if your work is very physical. Ordinary pain killers and a cold pack will help manage discomfort when you get home.
After a vasectomy, sperm are still produced and leave the testes, but are stopped in the epididymis (the collecting tube that lies along the back of the testes) where they are reabsorbed back into the body. The semen volume does not noticeably reduce, but it will no longer contain sperm.
You will need to submit a semen sample three months after the procedure to ensure your semen is sperm-free. This is very important. You will need to use contraception until this time.
Important facts about vasectomy
More than 25,000 men have a vasectomy in Australia each year. In total one in four men over the age of 40 have had a vasectomy. Vasectomy is more reliable than other methods of birth control, such as condoms or withdrawal, or for women, the contraceptive pill, intrauterine devices (IUD’s), diaphragms and related methods. For men, vasectomy is less complicated and less expensive than tubal litigation, the permanent method of birth control for women.
An appointment with the Medical Practitioner is required prior to booking a vasectomy. We advise that this appointment is scheduled at least two weeks prior to the vasectomy booking. This is so necessary arrangements can be made and a suitable time is available. The Medical Practitioner will explain any significant risks and relevant treatment options prior to the procedure. The procedures are performed on a Friday afternoon to allow recovery time over the weekend period.
Fees & Charges
The fee for vasectomy is $495. The Medicare rebate for this procedure is $164.25. The Medical Practitioner will also recommend you take pain killers following the vasectomy if required.