What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy, also known as male sterilization, is a surgical procedure that is meant to permanently protect against pregnancy.* This effective procedure is performed on men in an office, hospital or clinic. During the surgery, the small tubes in the scrotum are cut. This will prevent sperm from leaving the body causing pregnancy.* The procedure is very quick and you will be able to go home the same day.
There are two types of vasectomies:
- Incision method
- No-scalpel (no-cut) method
How does a vasectomy work?
Sperm is produced in the testicles and leaves through two tubes called the vas deferens. As sperm leaves the testicles, it mixes with other fluids in the body to make semen. The sperm in your semen can cause pregnancy when it enters the vagina and eventually joins up with an egg. A vasectomy cuts or blocks each vas deferens tube, keeping sperm out of your semen. Sperm cells that stay in your testicles are then absorbed by the body. Within 3 months of your surgery, your semen will no longer contain any sperm.* You will still produce the same amount of semen that you did before, but it will be sperm-free.*
During a no-scalpel vasectomy, the skin of the scrotum is not cut with a scalpel. Instead, one tiny hole puncture is made to reach both vas deferens tubes. The vas deferens tubes are then tied off, blocked or cauterized (closed with an electrical current). During the surgery, the small tubes that carry sperm in the scrotum (vas deferens) are blocked off so that it cannot leave the body and cause pregnancy. No-scalpel procedures see reduced bleeding and a lower risk of bruising, infections and other complications.* There’s no scarring with this method and you will not need stitches.*
How effective is the procedure?
Vasectomies are one of the most effective forms of birth control. Its success rate is close to 100% for preventing pregnancy, though not right away.* It can take a few months for your semen to become sperm-free.* Your doctor will do a semen analysis test after your surgery to confirm this. You should not have unprotected sex until the results come back from this test. This procedure is meant to be permanent, and should only be performed on men who no longer want to have any children. Vasectomies will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.
Schedule an appointment in central Alaska
If you are certain that you don’t want to cause pregnancy, and you live in or around Fairbanks, Alaska, schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Sarrimanolis. Dr. Sarrimanolis will discuss the procedure with you, and he will address any questions or concerns that you have. After this initial consultation, we will schedule out the procedure. To request your consultation today, fill out the form on our site. To speak with a member of our staff directly, give us a call at (907) 451-1174.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.