Vasectomy and/or Reversal

A vasectomy is surgery to cut and seal the vasa differentia (singular: vas deferens), the two tubes that carry a man’s sperm from the testes (testicles) in the scrotum to the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries sperm and urine out of the penis. After a vasectomy, sperm cannot move out of the testes and form part of the ejaculate. Thus it is an effective method of long-term birth control. Vasectomy is usually done using local anaesthesia. A small cut is made in the upper part of the scrotum, then each vas deferens is cut and sealed. Stitches or a skin glue are normally used to close the wound. You may have a vasectomy without a cut. This is called a no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV). The surgeon finds the vas deferens and then gives you local anaesthetic. A small hole is made in the skin of the scrotum and the vas deferens is pulled through in order to cut and seal it. You will not need stitches. Vasectomy does not affect a man’s ability to have an erection or orgasm, or to ejaculate semen.

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