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VasectomyAt Carolina Urology Partners your vasectomy will be performed safely and easily. The outpatient procedure is performed for patients in North and South Carolina. A vasectomy is a permanent and effective means for preventing pregnancy. You should only consider a vasectomy from our Carolina physicians if you and your partner do not wish to have children at anytime in the future.
Understandably, some men are apprehensive about the vasectomy procedure because it involves such a delicate area of the body. You can rest assured that our highly trained staff and experienced physicians will perform the vasectomy with great precision and care at one of our Carolina locations. It should also be noted that a vasectomy will not affect the man's libido, ejaculation, sexual pleasure, or his erections.
The vasectomy yields very little pain or discomfort after the procedure. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at one of our many North and South Carolina vasectomy locations.
How It WorksA vasectomy works by cutting the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the penis. This prevents the sperm from exiting the penis during ejaculation. After a vasectomy, your body will continue to produce sperm, but they will die and be re-absorbed. A vasectomy will not noticeably affect the seminal fluid; your ejaculate will still look and feel the same. A vasectomy also will not affect your testosterone (male hormone) levels or your ability to have an erection.
Preparing for Your VasectomyYour doctor may ask you to stop taking vitamin supplements, aspirin or ibuprofen several days to one week before your vasectomy. Anti-inflammatory medications thin the blood and could cause excessive bleeding. Notify your urologist if you are taking any blood thinners. You may eat a light meal before your procedure.
During the Procedure
- Your procedure is performed in an outpatient surgery center using local anesthesia.
- Your urologist will make a small incision (less than 1 centimeter) in the scrotum or perform a "no scalpel" vasectomy in which a special instrument makes a puncture instead of a small cut.
- Various techniques are then used to block the passage of sperm through the vas deferens.
After Your Vasectomy
- Most patients can drive home afterwards.
- To minimize discomfort, your doctor may prescribe pain relievers, an ice pack and/or an athletic supporter.
- Contact your doctor if you experience fever, chills, increasing pain or significant swelling and bruising.
- Your doctor will give you instructions for resuming work and sexual activity, typically after three to four days. Try to remain off your feet for 24 hours.
- You must use other forms of birth control until your doctor assures you that your vasectomy is completely effective. This may take several months until all of the sperm left in the upper part of the vas deferens is ejaculated.