Male sterilization, or vasectomy, is performed over 500,000 times every year, producing results that are nearly 100% effective. Dr. Robert Puig of Urology Specialty Care of Miami has extensive experience performing safe and effective vasectomies. If you’re ready to take that step or you have questions about getting a vasectomy, call the office in Miami, Florida, or use online booking to schedule a consultation.
A vasectomy is a surgical sterilization procedure that prevents sperm from getting into semen. Men who have a vasectomy don’t experience changes in sexual desire or performance. You’ll continue having normal erections, sexual intercourse, and ejaculation, but you’ll no longer be able to get a woman pregnant.
Although a vasectomy can be performed two ways, both techniques get results by cutting the vas deferens, removing a small segment, then closing the two ends with sutures or by cauterization (heat).
The vas deferens is the tube that carries sperm from the testes, where they’re produced, to the urethra, where they combine with seminal fluid before being ejaculated.
In a traditional vasectomy, your doctor makes a small incision in each scrotum, pulls the tubes through the incision, then cuts the tube and seals the ends. A no-scalpel vasectomy uses a special instrument to make a small puncture hole, gently stretches the surface, then uses that opening to access the vas deferens.
Some discomfort and swelling follow your vasectomy. Cold packs, supportive underwear, and over-the-counter pain medications should make you comfortable.
As a general guideline, you should plan to take one or two days to rest at home and limit your activities. Most men get back to normal activities, including sexual intercourse, within a week.
You’re not immediately protected from pregnancy after a vasectomy because it takes a few months for all sperm remaining in the vas deferens to pass through your reproductive tract. Most men need to ejaculate at least 15 to 20 times to clear sperm from their semen.
Dr. Puig checks semen samples and lets you know when it’s safe to have unprotected intercourse. In the meantime, you or your partner should use another reliable form of birth control to avoid pregnancy.
Vasectomies are intended to produce permanent sterilization, but in most cases, it’s possible to reverse the procedure by re-connecting the two ends of each vas deferens. Vasectomy reversals are complex microsurgical procedures and many factors affect their overall success, but you can request a consultation with Dr. Daniel Martinez to see if you’re a candidate for it.
When you’re considering a vasectomy, call the experts at Urology Specialty Care of Miami or book an appointment online.