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What is vasectomy?

Vasectomy or male sterilisation is a simple, safe, effective and permanent method of surgical contraception for men. In vasectomy, the vas deferens which is the tube that takes the sperm from the testes to the penis is cut. Sperm are made in the testes and once the tube is cut, sperm can no longer get into the semen that is ejaculated during sex.

How can I be sure that I need a vasectomy?

· If you are absolutely sure that you don’t want to have any more children.

· If you want to enjoy sex without worrying about pregnancy

· If you don’t want to use any other form of birth control

· If pregnancy poses a risk to the health of your partner

· You want to save your partner from a tubal ligation which has a higher rate of failure and complications


When should I not consider a vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a lifetime decision. Consider the possibility of unforeseen changes in life-divorce, death of a spouse or child, or the just likelihood of you and your partner changing your mind about your desired family size.

A vasectomy might not be right for you if..

· You are young

· You have few if any children

· Your current relationship is not stable

· You are pressurised by your partner or by circumstances

· You are under a lot of stress

· Vasectomy is performed during time of personal crisis

· You have a religious affiliation prohibiting vasectomy

· You are counting on being able to reverse the procedure later

· You hope vasectomy will solve sexual and marital problems

The No Scalpel Technique:
Too good to be true? Read on....

In a conventional vasectomy, the scrotum is numbed with an injection of local anaesthetic into the skin on either side above the testes. A small cut is then made in the numbed area with a scalpel and the vas deferens on each side dissected out in turn. The tube is then cut and the cut ends tied. The small cuts in the skin are then stitched.

The No-Scalpel vasectomy starts with a more effective technique to anaesthetise the skin and the vas. The doctor finds the vas deferens under the skin and holds it in place with a special ring clamp. Instead of making two incisions, a tiny puncture is made in the skin and the vas delivered and blocked with a special cautery instrument called the Hyfrecator. This effectively pushes the blood vessels and the nerves aside instead of cutting across them. No stitches are needed to close the small opening which heals quickly with no scar.

See Frequently asked questions page if you want more information