How it Works

• An operation is done where the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis (the vas deferens) are cut, sealed or tied
• The sperm therefore cannot reach an egg
• This is a permanent procedure and not typically reversible

Advantages

• High success rate - only 1 in 2000 procedures fail
• Does not affect sex
• Do not have to think about contraception (although it does not protect STIs so condoms may still be needed)
• Can be performed under local anaesthetic

Disadvantages

• Not easily reversible
• Rarely some men experience on-going testicular pain. Treatment for this is often unsuccessful
• Need time to recover after the procedure and there may be some pain after the procedure

Sterilisation: Vasectomy

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