WHAT IS A VASECTOMY
A vasectomy is a sterilisation procedure performed on men to prevent
them having any or more children. It is the safest and most effective
method of birth control. It is more reliable and much cheaper than
female sterilisation (tubal ligation) and can be performed under
local anaesthetic with minimal discomfort.
involves dividing the tubes (vas deferens) which carry sperm from
the testicles to the penis.
You can click this diagram to view it in more detail.
At the Wellington Vasectomy Clinic we have performed several thousand
vasectomies under local anaesthetic using the "no
scalpel" technique. This is regarded as the
gold standard technique, being the safest and most reliable method
A vasectomy is simple, quick
and painless. It will have no effect on your sex
drive or performance.
As most of the semen is made up of fluid from the seminal glands
and prostate, both of which are downstream from the operation site,
orgasm and ejaculation are unaffected except that the semen will
no longer contain sperm.
You should consider having a vasectomy if you are quite sure you
don’t want any more children and you want permanent reliable
In making this decision, you should consider the stability of your
present relationship and the ages of your children. Would you want
to have more children if one of your children died or your present
relationship ended? If in doubt, you should use a more readily reversible
method of contraception [eg condoms, “the pill”, IUCD]
as the cost of reversal is high with no guarantee of success.
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