The vas deferens is a small tube which takes sperm from each testis to the urethra. There is normally one in each side of the scrotum.
Vasectomy is a minor procedure in which both of these tubes are disconnected. It is one of the safest methods of contraception and is regularly performed by AUA urologists.
Under general or local anaesthetic, two very small incisions are made in the scrotum. A short segment of each vas deferens is then removed and the cut ends are tied off, cauterized or both. The procedure takes less than twenty minutes and is performed as a day case.
Although vasectomy is reversible, it should be regarded as a permanent form of contraception, as there is no guarantee reversal will be successful. Vasectomy has no effect on erections.
Importantly, a man is not confirmed sterilized until he has submitted a semen specimen for analysis which shows a zero sperm count. This is usually done approximately 8-10 weeks post-operatively. In this period, a man must continue to use contraception.
To make an appointment for a consultation to discuss vasectomy, please call AUA on 03 8506 3600.