Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose vasectomy?
Vasectomy provides a permanent and safe means of contraception. It is less expensive and has fewer and less serious risks than female sterilization.
How soon can it be done?
An initial consultation can usually be arranged within days and the operation performed within one to two weeks.
Where circumstances dictate, it is possible to perform the vasectomy on the same day; however, it is advisable to take a little time to consider your decision after the initial consultation.
Is it immediately effective?
It takes about 15 ejaculations for sperm to be cleared from the tubes beyond the vasectomy site. Hence, you will not be sterile immediately after treatment. An alternative form of contraception should be used until your surgeon tells you that a semen sample assessed by a pathologist is clear of sperm.
Can it fail?
Both conventional vasectomy and No-Scalpel vasectomy can fail; though the incidence is very low……..about the same as for female sterilization.
Is it painful?
There is little discomfort from the procedure. You may need a mild pain killer on the night of the operation.
Some men do experience intermittent aching for a considerable time after vasectomy. Commonly both ends are sealed; however, Dr Snowball performs “open-ended” vasectomy where the testicular end is left open. This has been shown to significantly reduce the occurrence of post-operative and long term discomfort.
In fact, American researchers have concluded that the ideal vasectomy method is Open-Ended and No-Scalpel.
Are there long term health effects?
A number of studies have examined the long term health effects of vasectomy and the body of evidence indicates that men who have undergone vasectomy do not have an increased risk of any disease.
Will it effect my sexual function?
There is no effect on sexual function other than a very small (about 5-7%) reduction in the volume of ejaculated fluid.
Testosterone (male hormone) travels from the testicles via the bloodstream, not through the vas.
How long does it take?
A typical vasectomy will take 15-20 minutes once the anaesthetic has taken effect.
What about activities after vasectomy?
Usually men can return to work after 48 hours rest. If your work is very physical you may need to allow up to a week off work.
Sports may need to be avoided for 7 to 10 days.
Best advice is to resume sexual activity after about 7 days (but continue to take precautions).
Is vasectomy covered by Medical insurance?
Dr Snowball welcomes full discussion of fees prior to treatment. Medicare pays a rebate for the consultation and operation. In addition, private health insurers normally a pay a small rebate towards the surgery.
Private health insurance fully covers the Day Surgery Centre cost (except for any excess you may have on your policy).
Dr Snowball does not participate in private health fund "preferred provider" schemes.
How do I prepare for vasectomy?
It is important to tell Dr Snowball your medical history as this can influence how the treatment is approached. Make sure to disclose:-
- any allergies
- any history of prolonged bleeding or excessive bruising
- all medications whether prescribed or purchased over the counter
If you take ASPIRIN or ANTICOAGULANT drugs, these will need to be stopped for the surgery and this matter can be discussed at your initial consultation.
Do not take medicines containing Aspirin (such as some cough mixtures), large amounts of vitamins or anti-inflammatory medicines for 10 days prior to surgery as these can incresase the risk of bleeding.
Wear supportive underwear on the day of surgery.
Arrange for someone to drive you home if you anticipate needing sedation. Otherwise a driver is not essential but a good idea.
Can I drive home from my vasectomy?
Yes, you can drive yourself home if this is convenient. However, if you are prone to fainting, then you will be given medication before your procedure and in this case you will need a driver.