Vasectomy - FAQ
I have so many questions. Where do I start?
A vasectomy is a procedure which renders a man infertile.
The vas deferens is the highway which sperm travel through to reach their end destination.
In a vasectomy the highway is snipped stopping the sperm from progressing into the outside world.
Reversing a vasectomy is very difficult.
If you have any thoughts of reversing a vasectomy this procedure is not for you.
The consultation takes 20 minutes.
The vasectomy takes 20 minutes.
We keep you a further 20 minutes in the clinic post a vasectomy to make sure you are ok.
In total expect to spend 1 hour with us.
Bring tight fitting underwear. This is important and we expect you to wear this over the next 48 hours. You can always change into a new tight fitting underwear after 24 hours.
Please make sure you shave your scrotum the day before the procedure. A hairy scrotum increases the risk of an infection.
You can drive home on the day of the procedure.
No lifting more than 3kg for the first 24 hours post a vasectomy.
You can resume work within 2 days of having a vasectomy provided your work does not involve heavy lifting.
No vigorous heavy lifting for 2 weeks.
No contact sport for 2 weeks.
No, a vasectomy should not hurt.
We block the pain pathway to the brain by using a nerve block.
You may have discomfort after this block wears off in 12 hours. This can be managed with Panadol.
Yes you can ejaculate after a vasectomy.
Less than 5% of ejaculate is made out of sperm.
Most ejaculate comes from the prostate gland & seminal vesicles.
We snip the vas deferens early in the highway and therefore you will not notice a difference in your ejaculate volume.
Aftercare is simple. We provide all our patients access to our 24 hour hotline to address any concerns.
Please click on our Care Post Vasectomy page for details on aftercare.
The procedure does not work immediately. The sperm can be hidden in the tubes past the sight at which we blocked their pathway to the outside world for 3 months.
You commence having sex in 1 week but this must only be protected sex.
In 3 months we advise you have a sperm test to ensure the procedure is a success. Only then you can resume to have unprotected sex.
Our success rate is 99.9%. This is consistent with the medical industry and we pride ourselves in ensuring you obtain continuity of care by testing your sperm count in 3 months to make sure you are no longer fertile.
This depends on whether you have access to Medicare.
For Medicare card holders
- $390.00 out of pocket
Non Medicare card holders
No referral is required.