What is a vasectomy?
Vasectomy is a sterilization operation performed on a man. This involves cutting and ligating the two-vas deferens. They are the conduits of sperm from the testis (place of production) to the region of the prostate and seminal vesicles (place of storage). This procedure is performed under local anesthesia.
Is it final (it can’t be reversed)?
Yes. At the very least, it should be considered as such. If it is true that it is possible to perform a re-permeabilization operation by microsurgery, it should nevertheless be known that this is a difficult procedure, not reimbursed by insurance and health funds, with a success rate of less than 50%.
Is the effect immediate?
No. The sperm reserves stored at the level of the prostate can last up to 4 months. Until the ejaculation of all this sperm, it is essential to practice the contraceptive measures used before the operation.
Does vasectomy influence sexual activity?
No. The testicles are not being touched during the operation and there are no hormonal changes. The sexual potency, that is to say the erection, remains unchanged. Ejaculation takes place as before and in almost identical volume. The sperm will, however, be composed only of prostatic fluid and seminal vesicles. Nevertheless, one must take into account the psychological problems that this intervention can cause. Indeed, it is sometimes difficult, for certain men, to make the difference in their subconscious, between the “castration” and the “sterilization” thus their psychic balance can suffer from it.
Is this a safe method?
Yes. However, it should be noted that very rare cases of spontaneous re-channeling have been described (less than 1:1000). For this reason, and in order to be certain of the good result of the intervention, a spermogram should be performed.
What are the possible complications of the operation?
As in any surgical procedure, local infection cannot be ruled out with absolute certainty. Rarely, bleeding may occur requiring surgical revision. A small postoperative hematoma (blood collection) can sometimes form which will subside without consequences. Occasionally, swelling of the testicles appears transiently.
Is it painful?
Postoperative pain is perfectly bearable and subsides after 1 to 2 days. However, it is possible to have sex right after the procedure. Incapacity for work is limited to the day of the intervention.
What are the financial conditions?
Most insurance and health funds do not reimburse the costs of this operation! Check with your insurer if you wish to perform vasectomy. Our cabinet will provide you with the cost of the intervention in advance.
What should be done after the intervention?
It will be possible to shower. However, you will have to wait about ten days before taking a bath.
If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to ask your surgeon. Confidentiality is guaranteed!