Vasectomies are virtually 100% effective for preventing pregnancy. Though they’re sometimes reversible, you should consider your vasectomy to be permanent. The team at Midwest Regional Health Services, a patient-centered medical home in Omaha, Nebraska, is available to answer any questions you may have about vasectomies. If you decide to have the procedure, you can depend on their experience and have your vasectomy done in the privacy of the office. If you’d like to learn more about vasectomies, call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking form.
A vasectomy, also called male sterilization, is a simple and safe procedure that prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm from getting into semen.
Having a vasectomy does not affect your ability to enjoy sexual intercourse. You still have normal erections and ejaculate semen, but you won’t need to worry about getting your partner pregnant.
Vasectomies are easily performed in the office under light sedation. There are two techniques your provider may use, but both approaches get results by cutting the vas deferens, removing a small piece of the tube, and then closing the two ends.
The vas deferens is a long, narrow tube that carries sperm from each testicle to the urethra. At the junction with the urethra, sperm combines with semen before the fluid is ejaculated. Cutting the vas deferens prevents sperm from getting into the seminal fluid.
To perform a traditional vasectomy, your provider at Midwest Regional Health Services makes a small incision in the scrotum. Then they pull the vas deferens through the incision, cut it and tie the ends.
Your provider may take another approach, called a nonsurgical vasectomy. During this procedure, your provider uses a specialized instrument to create a small puncture wound. Then they gently stretch the skin, creating an opening that’s used to access and cut the vas deferens.
Most men have some discomfort and swelling for a short time after their vasectomies. Your provider may recommend using cold packs, wearing supportive underwear, and taking over-the-counter pain medications to relieve the discomfort.
You need to limit your activities for a few days, but most men get back to their normal activities, including having sex, within a week.
It takes a few months for sperm that were already in the vas deferens (above the cut) to pass out of your reproductive tract. It takes about three months or roughly 20 ejaculations to clear out the sperm.
Your provider at Midwest Regional Health Services checks semen samples and lets you know when your sperm count is down and you can have unprotected sex. Until then, you or your partner should use another reliable form of birth control to prevent pregnancy.
Some vasectomies can be reversed. However, the surgical procedure is complex and not always successful. For this reason, you should consider your vasectomy to be permanent.
If you have questions about vasectomies or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call Midwest Regional Health Services or use the online booking system.