A vasectomy is a popular procedure to prevent pregnancy, especially among married men, because it’s quick, simple, and highly effective. Board-certified urologist Mark J. Kelly, MD, performs minimally invasive no-scalpel vasectomies at his practice in Santa Monica, California. To learn more about vasectomy as a contraceptive option, call the Medical Office of Mark J. Kelly, MD, Inc. or schedule an appointment online today.
A vasectomy is a quick, simple contraceptive surgery for men. Following a vasectomy, your semen doesn’t contain sperm, so you can’t impregnate your partner. During the procedure, Dr. Kelly blocks or cuts your vas deferens, the ducts that carry sperm from your testicles to your urethra.
Because a vasectomy is a permanent form of birth control, you should consider the procedure only if you’re positive you don’t want to have any more children. Though it’s possible to reverse a vasectomy through a second surgical procedure, the decision to have a vasectomy is not to be taken lightly. Further, a reversal procedure is much likelier to restore your fertility if your vasectomy was fairly recent.
Vasectomies don’t have any negative effect on your sex life or sexual performance, which is one reason why so many men — and their partners — favor them as a form of contraception. In fact, you may find that your sex life improves because you don’t have to worry about impregnation or the method of contraception you’re using. After a vasectomy, you may actually find sex with your partner is more spontaneous, relaxed, and natural.
The surgery doesn’t affect how much testosterone you produce, so it doesn’t reduce your sex drive. You can achieve and sustain an erection just as easily as before the surgery, and you experience all the same sensations from sexual activity. Also, because sperm makes up only a tiny percentage of semen, the quality of your ejaculation remains the same.
A vasectomy is an outpatient procedure that lasts about half an hour. Dr. Kelly performs no-scalpel vasectomies, which are minimally invasive. A conventional vasectomy requires making two incisions, but a no-scalpel vasectomy requires only a small puncture that heals without stitches.
At the beginning of the procedure, Dr. Kelly numbs the treatment area with a local anesthetic, and you may also receive a sedative to help you relax. You should feel no pain while Dr. Kelly performs the vasectomy, though you may experience a slight tugging sensation.
Dr. Kelly provides instructions on caring for the treatment area and prescribes over-the-counter painkillers, such as acetaminophen, to manage any discomfort. You can expect to go back to work after 48 hours and have sex after a week.
A vasectomy doesn’t immediately prevent pregnancy. Your first 15 to 20 ejaculations after the procedure still contain sperm. Continue to use other forms of contraception until Dr. Kelly tests your semen at a follow-up appointment and confirms that it’s free of sperm.
To find out if a vasectomy is right for you, call the Medical Office of Mark J. Kelly, MD, Inc.or schedule an appointment online today.