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How vasectomy works
Sperm are formed in a man's testes, and they mature in an area attached to the testes called the epididymis. It takes nearly 90 days from the time of sperm production for them to travel gradually up two tubes called the vas deferentia and then become available for ejaculation. Before ejaculation, fluids from the seminal vesicles and the prostate are combined with sperm to form semen. Vasectomy interrupts this process by closing off the vas deferentia, preventing the sperm from joining the other fluids. Because the sperm's contribution to volume is less than 5 percent, there is no noticeable change in the man's semen.
A man's virility is not affected by vasectomy, because it doesn't change the testes' production of the male hormone, testosterone. His sex drive, potency, male characteristics, and sexual pleasure should be unchanged. In fact, roughly 30 percent of men report improved sexuality after a vasectomy, most likely because the worry of pregnancy is eliminated. After a vasectomy, sperm continue to be produced but at a decreased rate. Those that are produced die and are absorbed by the body.
What is vasectomy?
Vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure,
performed in the office, that renders a
man sterile by stopping the flow of sperm
from the testicles to the penis. Sperm
(spermatozoa) are reproductive cells made
by testicles. Semen is the fluid that carries
the sperm and is what comes out during
ejaculation. Semen comes from the
prostate and seminal vesicles. Ejaculate is
from semen, not sperm. Most men do not
notice a change in the amount of fluid they
ejaculate after vasectomy.
Though it is not always necessary, it is advised to have someone come along to drive you home. Resting and applying an ice pack to your scrotum for a couple of days following the procedure will significantly speed your recovery and reduce the risk of complications.
A pre-vasectomy consultation is required
for all patients who desire sterilization. This
visit with your physician will allow him
to obtain information about your general
health and perform an examination. You
will receive information about vasectomy
and have the opportunity to get all of your
questions answered. At the conclusion of
the visit, you can schedule the vasectomy
procedure if you choose to do so.
Vasectomy is performed after you
receive medication to completely numb
the area. One or two small incisions
are made on the scrotum. A piece of
the vas defrens is removed and both
remaining ends are obstructed.
Incisions are very small and only
require a few stitches. The procedure
itself only takes 30 minutes.
We recommend you spend the first 48
hours resting and remaining sedentary. If
you have a desk job you may return to work
in 2-3 days. If your job involves heavy
lifting, climbing stairs or standing a lot, you
may need to modify your duties or be off
for 5 -7 days
Your insurance will likely cover the cost of
both the initial consultation and vasectomy
procedure. Insurance may defer some
costs to you through deductibles and
copays. We will verify your benefits prior
to procedure so you are aware of the cost of
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