A vasectomy is a permanent form of birth control that prevents men from getting women pregnant. It is an outpatient procedure that blocks the tubes (vas deferens) where sperm pass into the semen.
Having a vasectomy does not affect your ability to have an erection or orgasm. And, it does not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Types of Vasectomy
- No-scalpel vasectomy, a short procedure that is done under local anesthesia and offers the following:
- Shorter recovery time compared to a conventional vasectomy
- Very little bleeding
- No stitches
- Microsurgical vasectomy reversal, an advanced procedure that allows surgeons to be more precise, which results in high success rates.
Side effects from vasectomy — which typically subside shortly after the procedure — may include the following:
- Blood in your semen
- Mild pain or discomfort
It takes about three months after a vasectomy for there to be no sperm in your semen. Your doctor will check your semen for sperm at least once after your surgery.
Most men can have a vasectomy reversal, but this is not effective for everyone. It is a complex procedure. Success rates vary depending on how long ago you had your vasectomy.
Microsurgical vasectomy reversal is available at Rush. This can be a good option if you've changed your mind minds about having children or are starting life with a new partner.
Rush Excellence in Vasectomy
- Nationally ranked urology care: U.S. News & World Report ranked Rush University Medical Center as high performing for urology.
- Personalized care: The urology team at Rush understands that the decision to have a vasectomy or a vasectomy reversal can be deeply personal and emotional. Your doctor will explain all aspects of the procedure and help you determine if it is the right option for you.
- Convenient care: Rush urologists are available in a number of locations, including Chicago, Aurora Fox/ Valley and Oak Park. That means you're able to see a vasectomy specialist where and when it's easiest for you.