Would you prefer not to have to worry about contraception after you’re finished with having children? You know condoms and spermicides can fail, female birth control can be thrown off by antibiotics or missing a single pill, and the rhythm method has a high rate of failure. If kids aren’t in your future, there’s a permanent solution that’s minimally invasive.
A vasectomy is a simple, highly effective procedure, taking the guesswork out of sex with your partner and relieving anxiety over a potential unplanned pregnancy. In Santa Monica, California, men can have a no-scalpel vasectomy performed by board-certified urologist Mark J. Kelly, MD.
What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a contraceptive surgery for men that stops sperm from entering the ejaculate. Since no sperm is in the semen, you won’t be able to impregnate your partner. A vasectomy doesn’t prevent STDs, however, so a barrier method of protection is still advised unless there’s no cause for concern over STDs.
Traditional vasectomies require making two small incisions on either side of the scrotum close to the vas deferens, which are the tiny ducts that carry sperm from your testicles to your urethra. The ducts are severed or blocked, preventing sperm from traveling through them. A vasectomy is a permanent solution, although it can be surgically reversed for some men.
How a no-scalpel vasectomy works
Dr. Kelly uses a less invasive method known as the no-scalpel vasectomy. For this procedure, the vas deferens are held in place from the outside by a clamp on the scrotum. Instead of cutting through the skin, the blocking of ducts is done through a single, tiny scrotal puncture. Pain and swelling afterwards is minimized, as is the risk of a blood clot or other complications.
You’ll get a local anesthetic before Dr. Kelly begins, and you can also request a sedative to help you relax fully. He performs the procedure quickly and effectively and your recovery time is much faster.
The procedure takes only a few minutes, and you shouldn’t feel any pain. Some patients say they can feel a gentle tug, but that’s all, and there are no stitches needed. Some men take off at their lunch break on Friday, get their vasectomy done, and return to work on Monday.
After your vasectomy
Expect some soreness for a few days after your vasectomy. You’ll be advised to abstain from ejaculation for a week, and it will take up to 20 ejaculations to be sure your semen is clear of sperm. You’ll come back for a follow-up appointment to check your semen, but need to ensure that your sperm count is zero before having unprotected sex.
Having a vasectomy doesn’t affect your sexual performance or lower your sex drive. It will not impair your production of testosterone and won’t increase your chance of cancer. The amount you ejaculate will still appear to be the same in volume, as sperm accounts for only about 1% of your semen.
To find out if a no-scalpel vasectomy could be right for you, call our office at 310-819-9003, or schedule an appointment online today.