A vasectomy is a safe and effective means of birth control that millions of American men have used. At Virginia Urology, it is one of the most commonly performed procedures done in our outpatient surgery center. Our physicians offer conventional vasectomy and no-scalpel vasectomy. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to perform. Patients are able to go home immediately after the procedure, and after a few days of light activity, can resume a normal routine including sexual activity. Vasectomy is often covered by insurance plans, and is a very cost effective and convenient method of birth control when considering the ongoing costs of other methods.
Alternative procedures such as bilateral tubal ligation or tubal occlusion procedures are more invasive and may have a higher operative risk when compared to vasectomy. Also, vasectomy allows women to discontinue oral contraceptives avoiding the potential risks these medications may have over time.
It is important to understand that a patient is not sterile immediately after a vasectomy and that it takes time to clear sperm from the semen after the procedure. At least 2 post-vasectomy semen analyses are required at 12 and 14 weeks following the procedure to ensure the absence of sperm in the semen, and insure the success of the vasectomy. These are evaluated in the office and appropriate instructions will be given to the patient.
The physicians at Virginia Urology have extensive experience with this procedure and are available to discuss this with you. Please call and make an appointment at (804) 288-0339.