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vasectomyA friend of mine, Glenn, had a vasectomy a few months ago. He laughingly refers to it as having "the snip" and he now refers to himself as a "sports model".

If you are interested in having a vasectomy, you will need to make an appointment with an urologist. He/she will perform the operation. You have a choice to have either a general or local anaesthetic. Glenn opted for general anaesthetic. He had the operation in the morning and was discharged in the afternoon.

During the operation
  • Your scrotum is cleaned with antiseptic and a small section of the hair is shaved
  • One or two incisions are made on the scrotum
  • The tubes (vas deferentia) one from each testicle are cut, tied and then cauterised
  • The small incision is sewed up with dissolvable stitches
  • A plaster covers the area (it is best to shower for the next few days)
  • The procedure takes 20 – 30 minutes
  • Your scrotum will be numb for 1 – 2 hours after the surgery
  • You can apply cold packs to the area
  • Wear snug underwear
  • You scrotum may swell and be tender for a few days
  • Remember to take your pain medication as instructed by your Dr
  • You can resume sexual relations as soon as you are comfortable
Success Rate
Remember to go back to your Dr to check that your sperm count is now zero. This must be done four months after the operation. Some Dr's prefer to analyse your sperm twice just to be sure that no sperm is getting through.
In the interim be sure to use another form of contraception as it takes awhile for the semen that is stored in your body to be released. The experts say it takes between 10 -20 ejaculations before this occurs.
A vasectomy will not interfere;
  • with your sex drive
  • ability to have erections
  • sensation of orgasm
  • or ability to ejaculate.
  • You may have occasional mild aching in your testicles during sexual arousal for a few months after the surgery. The testicles continue to produce sperm, but the sperm are reabsorbed by the body.
Psychological Factors
The decision to have a vasectomy should not be taken lightly.
Discuss it with your wife
You may decide to freeze some sperm before having the operation
The operation may be reversed
How does it work?
A vasectomy prevents the release of sperm when a man ejaculates. An egg cannot be fertilized when there are no sperm in the semen.
The Cost
Although it is an expensive procedure, it is a once-off expense and most medical aids will cover some of the expenses. Glenn's cost a little more than R3 000 and his medical aid covered about half of that amount.
Effectiveness as Birth Control
A vasectomy is a very effective (99%) birth control method. Only 1 to 2 women out of 1,000 will have an unplanned pregnancy in the first year after their partners have had a vasectomy.