A vasectomy might not be the first thing you think of when you hear the words “birth control,” but there are few solutions more effective for men who don’t want any more children. At his practice Male Fertility Doc in Millburn, New Jersey, board-certified urologist Eric K. Seaman, M.D., provides vasectomies as a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that can prevent pregnancy at a rate of almost 100%. If you’re interested in a dependable, permanent form of birth control, call the office or schedule an appointment online today to find out if a vasectomy is right for you.
A vasectomy is a simple outpatient surgical procedure that works as a form of male birth control by stopping the supply of sperm to your semen. During a vasectomy, Dr. Seaman seals off the vas deferens, two tubes that connect your testicles to your prostate. He uses a no-scalpel, no-needle method that serves as an almost 100% effective form of birth control and is much less invasive and expensive than female sterilization from a tubal ligation.
While a vasectomy can be reversed, it should be considered a permanent form of birth control, so it’s only recommended if you’re sure you don’t want any more children.
Many men are nervous about getting a vasectomy, for obvious reasons, but the most common concerns men have about vasectomies are often unfounded. A local anesthetic is usually used when performing a vasectomy, and while you may feel some discomfort or a pulling sensation during the procedure, it’s extremely rare to feel any serious pain.
Despite some common misconceptions, a vasectomy won’t:
Furthermore, a vasectomy doesn’t affect your ability to produce semen, whether or not that semen contains sperm.
Before you arrive, make sure you tell Dr. Seaman if you’re taking any blood-thinning medications like warfarin, heparin, or aspirin. You should bring a pair of tight-fitting underwear or athletic shorts to support your scrotum after the procedure and help minimize any swelling.
At the start of the procedure, you’ll be given a local anesthetic to numb the area around your scrotum. Once the anesthetic takes effect, Dr. Seaman makes a tiny incision at the base of your scrotum and locates the two vas deferens tubes. He then pulls these tubes through the incision so he can cut and seal them, after which the vas deferens are returned to their place within the scrotum and the incision is closed.
With ice packs, tight-fitting underwear, and limited activity for a day or two, you should be fully recovered and able to go about your daily life. However, you should avoid sexual activity for a week to 10 days to allow for further healing.
If you’re interested in getting a vasectomy or have any questions about the procedure, call the office of Eric K. Seaman, M.D., or schedule an appointment online today.