Vasectomy is minor surgery to block sperm from reaching the semen that is ejaculated from the penis. Semen still exists, but it has no sperm in it. After a vasectomy the testes still make sperm, but they are soaked up by the body. Each year, more than 500,000 men in the U.S. choose vasectomy for birth control. A vasectomy prevents pregnancy better than any other method of birth control, except abstinence.
Vasectomy is a safe and effective form of contraception with a failure rate of only 15 in 10,000. You and your partner should have an open conversation about this choice of contraception and both be in agreement. Vasectomy procedure consists of cutting of the vas deferens in order to stop sperm from entering the semen. Dr. Byrne performs the no-scalpel technique. The procedure generally takes less than 20 minutes in the office. Medications to avoid prior to the procedure: aspirin, ibuprofen (brand names: Advil, Motrin, Nuprin), ketoprofen (brand name: Orudis) or naproxen (brand name: Aleve). These medications increase bleeding. Be sure to have tight fitting underwear for after the procedure. You can use an ice pack the night of the procedure to decrease possible swelling. You should have two negative semen analyses before unprotected intercourse. This can take months to achieve depending on number of ejaculations.
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