Each year, around 500,000 men have vasectomies, investing in permanent contraception that doesn’t interfere with their sexual performance or desire. If you’re considering a vasectomy, contact Jose Maymi, MD, a board-certified urologist practicing in Brownsville, Texas. Dr. Maymi offers thorough consultations as well as state-of-the-art vasectomy procedures. Call or make an appointment online today.
A vasectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that closes each of your vas deferens, which prevents sperm from leaving your body when you ejaculate. A vasectomy is one of the most effective methods of contraception. The procedure is also much safer and less invasive than a tubal ligation procedure for a woman.
During a vasectomy, Dr. Maymi thoroughly numbs your scrotum. Then, he makes a small incision in the top of your scrotum to access your vas deferens. He cuts the vas deferens and cauterizes the ends, which prevents any sperm from traveling from your testicles out of your body. When the procedure is complete, he closes the incision with a stitch.
Dr. Maymi can also perform no-scalpel vasectomies. The process is similar, but instead of making an incision in your scrotum, Dr. Maymi uses a special tool to create a tiny puncture in your skin to access your vas deferens. No-scalpel vasectomies don’t even require a stitch.
You can go home after your vasectomy to recover and should be able to get back to work and your regular activities within a few days. Many men schedule their vasectomies for Fridays and return to work on Monday.
You may have some mild discomfort or tenderness following the procedure. However, over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs should reduce any discomfort.
The effects of a vasectomy aren’t immediate. You may still have sperm in your vas deferens, and you should continue to use an alternative form of birth control until you have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Maymi that includes a semen analysis to ensure there is no longer any sperm in your ejaculate. Remember, a vasectomy doesn’t protect you from STDs, and you should always use a condom with new partners until you’re both tested and given clean bills of health.
You will be able to resume sexual activity about a week after your vasectomy. The procedure shouldn’t interfere with your sexual performance at all. Many patients report that they feel like their sexual performance improves as they don’t need to worry about pregnancy.
Call Dr. Maymi or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about vasectomies and whether the procedure is right for you.