The Snip, Male Sterilisation
Permanent, cost-effective, not associated with changes to sexual function, simple procedure, often performed under local anaesthetic. Failure rate <0.1%.
Lower reversal success rate over time, carries surgical risks, negative semen test required at least 3 months after operation before it can be relied on.
How does a Vasectomy work?
A vasectomy involves cutting and separating the vas deferens, which are the tubes that move sperm from the testicles to the penis. After the procedure, sperm is reabsorbed into the body instead of being integrated into the seminal fluid. This means ejaculated semen will no longer contain sperm and therefore can’t get anyone pregnant.
It’s important to know that vasectomy is not effective until after the sperm count test has been performed and passed, which happens 3 months after the initial procedure. This means backup contraception needs to be used during those three months.
Tip: Make sure you’re getting the vasectomy gold standard; no scalpel, open ended.
How do I get a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a one off procedure, and once it’s complete you don’t need to do anything else. But there are a few crucial steps you need to take before you’re certified to not get anyone pregnant.
Step 1. Book your vasectomy. You don’t need a referral to get one, you can book yourself in with a proceduralist. A proceduralist is someone who specialises in a specific medical procedure, and is often the only type of surgery they perform (which means they’re pretty good at it). If you decide to go through your GP and get a referral, be aware that they may refer you to a specialist such as a urologist, who might charge significantly more than a proceduralist.
Step 2. Attend the appointment. Before the procedure you’ll meet with your vasectomist for a pre-care evaluation to make sure there’s nothing in your medical history or down below that might be an issue. If everything is fine, the snip will go ahead!
Step 3. Once the vasectomy is done, you’ll need to take a week off before you can have sex again, to ensure that you give your body time to heal from the procedure.
Step 4. After a week of recovery, you’re ready to have sex. When you do though, it’s crucial that you use another method of contraception for the first 3 months following your vasectomy.
Step 5. After 3 months you’ll have your sperm count test to ensure that there’s no viable sperm left in your ejaculate. Only once you’ve received the all clear from your sperm test are you free to have unprotected sex without worrying about pregnancy.