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.
It involves dividing the tubes (vas deferens) which carry sperm from the testicles to the penis.
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 of vasectomy.
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 contraception.
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.