Vasectomy for Effective, Painless Birth Control
Dr. Larry Lipshultz can provide you with a vasectomy at his Houston practice, using sophisticated techniques to make this procedure absolutely painless. If you are certain that you do not wish to expand your family, or if you are certain you do not wish to have children at all, a vasectomy is an effective means of achieving male birth control. By cutting and sealing the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm), a vasectomy can eliminate the possibility of pregnancy from your sex life. If you would like to learn more about having a vasectomy, contact our Houston practice today.
The Vasectomy Procedure
A vasectomy is usually an outpatient procedure that can be performed in about half an hour. We can provide oral medications to help you feel relaxed and calm during treatment. Next, a local anesthetic is applied to the area to help ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. One or two very small incisions will be made in the scrotum. This will allow the doctor to reach the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles in preparation for ejaculation. Both vas deferens will be severed, and sealed either by being tied, clamped, or through electrocautery, or the application of heat. Finally, the vas deferens are placed back inside the scrotum, which is then sealed closed with sutures.
You can expect to rest at our office for a short period of time following the procedure. Afterwards, we will send you home to rest for a couple of days. During this time, it is recommended that you avoid all strenuous activity. Meanwhile, you should wear snug underwear or a jock strap. You can apply cold packs to ease swelling and reduce any discomfort. After a few days, you may be able to resume your normal activities.
Resuming Sex after a Vasectomy
You can start having sex again as soon as you feel comfortable, but you must use a backup birth control method until a follow-up sperm count is taken three months after your vasectomy. This test will confirm that you have zero sperm in your semen, and that you have eliminated the risk of pregnancy.
Anyone interested in undergoing a vasectomy should consider the effects permanent. However, some men who undergo a vasectomy find themselves experiencing a change of heart, due to reasons such as remarriage or the loss of a child. In these cases, Dr. Lipshultz does perform vasectomy reversal. We invite you to learn more about vasectomy reversal by contacting our Houston practice, or by exploring these answers to frequently asked questions.
Learn More about Vasectomy
If you are interested in achieving effective male birth control without the use of condoms, or the continued use of birth control by your partner, please contact our Houston office to learn more about the vasectomy procedure. Dr. Larry Lipshultz can help you determine whether this treatment will allow you to achieve the sex life you desire.