If you’re finished having children or you don’t want them, a vasectomy is a permanent birth control option that reduces the chance of a pregnancy. Board-certified urologist Garry Peers, MD, and his experienced team offer minimally invasive vasectomies at Aloha Urology with little downtime. They have two locations in Honolulu and another Lihue, Hawaii. Call your nearest office to learn more about vasectomies.
A vasectomy provides permanent birth control for men. A urologist performs vasectomies to prevent sperm from reaching semen. Your doctor cuts the tubes that carry your sperm outside of the testicles.
After the procedure, your testes still make sperm but your body absorbs it instead of combining it with semen. This prevents pregnancy.
Vasectomies are common procedures, and more than 500,000 men in the United States choose them each year.
Vasectomies are effective for pregnancy prevention, and only 1-2 women out of 1,000 get pregnant within a year after their partners have vasectomies. So the procedure is almost 100% effective!
However, vasectomies do not protect against STDs.
Before getting a vasectomy, your urologist reviews your medical history and makes sure a vasectomy is the right birth control option for you. During the procedure, you’re given local anesthesia, so you stay awake but won’t feel pain.
Your urologist numbs the area by injecting an anesthetic into your scrotum and makes a small cut or puncture in the upper part of it. He locates your vas deferens, or the tube that carries semen from the testicles, and cuts it.
He seals the vas deferens shut and returns it to its original position within the scrotum. Your urologist closes the incision using glue or stitches or lets it heal on its own over time. The procedure usually takes about 10-30 minutes to complete.
After a vasectomy, you can go home the same day. Recovery time is typically less than a week. You might experience bruising, swelling, or pain that subsides within several days.
Your doctor may instruct you to:
Signs of an infection include redness, fever, worsening pain, or blood oozing from the surgical site.
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Vasectomies can be reversed in some cases, but it’s not a guarantee.
When you’re ready for permanent birth control that’s nearly 100% effective, schedule a vasectomy with the experienced urologists at Aloha Urology or book an appointment online today.