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Vasectomy: Procedure, Cost and Vasectomy Reversal

 Vasectomy is a surgical procedure in which the tubes that carry a man’s sperm from the scrotum to the testicles (vas deferens) are cut, thus preventing him from making a woman pregnant.

In the U.S. vasectomy cost can range between $350 and $2,000 depending on the geographical location and the medical facility.

Why Is Vasectomy Performed?

Vasectomy makes a man sterile, therefore, it is recommended for men who do not wish to have any more offspring. For men looking for short-term treatments for birth control, the procedure is not recommended, although vasectomy reversal is also a possibility.

The vasectomy procedure is a good choice for men in a relationship where:Veterinary_Small

  • Both partners agree on not having more children and cannot use or do not want other birth control treatments
  • Partners have health problems which would cause high health risks during pregnancy
  • One or both partners suffer from genetic disorders and do not want to pass it on to their children.

In contrast, vasectomy is not a good choice for men who:

  • Do not want to be bothered with other forms of birth control during sexual activity
  • Are divorced, widowed, or separated.
  • Are young with life options ahead.
  • Want children later on (and consider having a vasectomy reversal or sperm cryopreservation)
  • Want to please their partner
  • Are in a stressful or unstable relationship
  • Are in a relationship and are unsure about having children in the future.

Vasectomy Procedure and Prognosis

The vasectomy procedure is usually done under local anesthesia. First, the scrotum is shaved and a small surgical cut is made in the upper part to cut the vas deferens. Stitches are used then to close the wound.

When the vasectomy procedure is performed without surgical cut, it is called no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV), in which a tiny hole is made in the skin of the scrotum to seal off the vas deferens. In this case, no stitches are needed.

Vasectomy is a common procedure without serious risks involved besides the usual complications anesthetics and an incision itself implies (infection, swelling, prolonged pain). After the operation, the semen is tested several times to make sure it does not contain sperm.

After the procedure it is important to rest for a few days, avoid heavy work and take care of the swelling and bruising, wearing the scrotal support and use ice pack. Pain medicine is also recommended.

Men’s ability to have an erection or an orgasm is not affected by vasectomy. The procedure does not influences the ability to ejaculate, and does not prevent the spread of STIs (sexually transmitted infections).

Additionally, vasectomy does not increase the risk of prostate cancer.

After vasectomy, the sperm count of the patient will gradually decrease and after approximately 3 months, sperm will no longer be present in the semen, nevertheless the patient must continue using birth control until the semen sample is 100% sperm free.

In general it is a satisfactory procedure for most men and couples.

Vasectomy Reversal

The surgical procedure performed to reconnect the male reproductive tract after interruption by vasectomy is called vasectomy reversal. It has become possible thanks to the advances in microsurgery, but due to the technical demands, it still remains and expensive surgery. In some cases vasectomy reversal may not restore pre-vasectomy conditions.

Vasectomy reversal cost can go up to $8,000 in U.S. hospitals.


4 / 5 stars
Phillipa Ross
My husband and I decided that he should have a vacectomy. We were both tested for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and were found carriers of the CF gene mutation. We don't want to have children with CF, it's too traumatic. He will have the operation next month in Austria, we decided to have it abroad due to expensive costs ($9000) in Baltimore.
5 / 5 stars
Kevin Faulkner
I'm after vasectomy procedure and I must say that I'm surprised on how well it went. Withing two hours I was out of the clinic , this was a no scalpel vacestomy , truly recommend it for any man who has thought of having this procedure, I had a bit of bruising but it wore off in two days, I had it done in Argentina cause wanted to treat my partner with a holiday as well...cost me $1200 which I consider a fair deal

Explanation of Vasectomy procedure