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Vasectomy - Men's Sexual Health - Tennessee Urology
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Vasectomy

A vasectomy is a permanent and effective means for preventing pregnancy. A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that cuts the vas deferens, the tube that brings sperm from the testes, where it is made, to the penis during ejaculation.  This is a permanent form of birth control for men.  Vasectomies can be reversible; however, it is not advisable to have one if you think you may change your mind at a later date.

A Time-Tested, Safe Procedure

While many methods of contraception are available, vasectomy is a time-tested and very safe procedure. Understandably, some men are apprehensive about a vasectomy because it involves such a delicate area of the body. You can rest assured that Tennessee Urology’s surgeons utilize their extensive experience in reproductive microsurgery and minimally invasive surgical techniques to perform your vasectomy with great precision. The procedure is performed in one of our Summit Ambulatory Surgery Centers unless insurance or medical reasons indicate that the vasectomy needs to be performed in the hospital.

Most men are relieved to discover that a vasectomy actually causes very little pain or discomfort after the procedure and recovery is typically quick. And, a vasectomy will not affect a man’s libido, ejaculation, sexual pleasure, or erections.

How it Works

A vasectomy works by cutting the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the penis. This prevents the sperm from exiting the penis during ejaculation. After a vasectomy, your body will continue to produce sperm, but they will die and be re-absorbed. A vasectomy will not noticeably affect the seminal fluid; your ejaculate will still look and feel the same. A vasectomy also will not affect your testosterone (male hormone) levels or your ability to have an erection.

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Advantages of Vasectomy

  • A safe, effective and permanent method of birth control
  • 99.85% effective as a birth control method
  • A vasectomy will not interfere with your sex drive, ability to have erections, the sensation of orgasm, or ability to ejaculate.

Can a Vasectomy be Reversed?

Yes. A vasectomy can be reversed in a procedure appropriately called a vasectomy reversal. Sometimes, life circumstances change and years after having a vasectomy, some men wish to be able to conceive a child naturally with their partner.

No-Scalpel Vasectomy

The skilled surgeons at Tennessee Urology are experienced in performing the no-scalpel vasectomy. Rather than using a scalpel to make incisions in the scrotum, your doctor will use a special instrument to puncture one small hole in the scrotum, which is then stretched to make an opening for the vasectomy to be performed. This no-scalpel approach is less invasive than a traditional vasectomy.

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