So, what is the process for getting a vasectomy and what should you consider?
A vasectomy might feel daunting, but it is actually a fast and simple procedure. With modern methods, vasectomies are now a routine procedure, that is a pain free way to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Across Australia, vasectomies are becoming more common, with over 30,000 men having the procedure each year. About one in four men over the age of 40 are opting for this safe, effective, and permanent form of contraception. In this blog, we will go through the process of getting a vasectomy so you can learn more about the procedure and see if it is right for you and your partner.
At Circumcision Vasectomy Australia, you don’t need a referral from your GP before booking a consultation.
Before you get a vasectomy, also known as ‘the snip’, you need to have an initial assessment to check if the procedure is right for you. During this appointment, our doctors will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you might have. We will perform an examination on you to ensure that you can have the procedure safely performed under local anaesthetic. We’ll take the time to talk through any concerns you might have so you feel safe and comfortable before proceeding with the vasectomy. You can have the option of planning a separate consultation and procedure, but many chose to have the consultation and procedure in a single visit.
2. Preparing for the Procedure
Although the snip is portrayed as an invasive procedure, modern methods have allowed the procedure to be performed ‘scalpel free’. We do this by making a small hole with a needle, no wider than 3mm in your scrotum and using a specialised instrument, we cut the vas deferens. This method means that we don’t use stiches, so that you will have less bruising and a reduced risk of infection. The ‘no scalpel’ ‘open ended’ procedure is quick and simple, taking around 20 minutes.
After the procedure, we will go through complete aftercare with you. As a patient, you will also receive access to our 24-hour aftercare hotline if you have any follow up questions or concerns. Everyone feels pain differently, but it can range from only pain when sitting in certain positions to needing paracetamol in the first 24 hour post a vasectomy.
Take it easy a few days after your procedure. You might feel bruising and mild discomfort over a few days. Ice packs can help with this, but make sure they aren’t in direct contact with your skin.
Try and avoid strenuous activity – if you have a desk job, many choose to go back to work after 2 days. However, if your job involves more physical activity and cannot be on light duties, we can provide you with a medical certificate.
Talk to your doctor about your lifestyle and work so we can recommend the best steps for your recovery. We are here to support you so that you feel safe and comfortable during your recovery.
4. Follow Up Sperm Count
It is important to note that you are not infertile straight away! You can resume protected sex 1 week after your vasectomy. During your appointment, we will organise a sperm test (usually 3 months after your procedure) to confirm that you are infertile. At this point, many patients will receive all clear and will not need a repeat test. You must get clearance from your doctor that your vasectomy is ‘successful’ before you commence unprotected sex.
Find out more information at Circumcision Vasectomy Australia
The success rate of a vasectomy is 99%, but it is important to be prepared and know all the facts about this procedure. We support our patients at Circumcision Vasectomy Australia, and we are committed to giving you the best care at every step of this process. There is a lot to consider when it comes to a vasectomy, and often it comes down to what you and your partner decide. If you are interested in a vasectomy or want any information on pricing or the procedure, please call us on (03) 9007 2020 or send us a contact form online. We are here to answer any questions you might have and discuss if it is the best option for you.
About The Author
Dr. Shehab Abdalla is the Director of Circumcision Vasectomy Australia. He has completed a fellowship through the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and now specialises in circumcisions and vasectomies.
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