Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose a vasectomy?

How soon can it be done?

How long before it is effective?

Can it fail?

Is it painful?

Any ill effects?

Will it affect my sexual functioning?

What about activities after a vasectomy?

Is vasectomy covered by medical insurance?

 

Why choose a vasectomy?

It is the only permanent form of contraception for men.It is safer and simpler procedure than female sterilisation and less expensive.

How soon can it be done?

After an initial consultation(Dr Flynn likes a long consultation for this) the operation can usually be performed within a week or two.

How long before it is effective?

It takes about 8-12 weeks or about 15 ejaculates for sperm to be cleared.You will not be sterile immediately.It is important to have your semen sample assessed 3 months afterwards at a pathology lab to ensure complete clearance of sperm.

Can it fail?

The failure rate is very low about 1 in 1000.Once established that the semen is clear of sperm, the subsequent failure related to the rejoining of vas is rare and about 1 in 5000.

Is it painful?

The procedure is done under local anaesthetic using a minimally invasive technique. Many patients report it as “much better then at the dentist”.The anaesthetic works almost immediately and lasts for 4-6 hours.usually pain killers in the form of paracetamol or simple antiinflammatories is all that is required.

Any ill effects?

Some mild discomfort ,bruising and swelling around the site is usually minor and short lived. Symptoms are usually relieved by simple analgesia and supportive underwear.

Will it affect my sexual functioning?

There are no effects on sexual functioning, in fact many men find that it improves it as is no fear of pregnancy.

What about activities after a vasectomy?

Many men can return to work after 48 hours rest.If one has a physical job it may be a good idea to plan a week off work. One can resume sexual activity after 4 days or when one feels comfortable. Sports are to be avoided for 7-10 days.

Is vasectomy covered by medical insurance?

Medicare pays a rebate for the procedure.Since hospital fees are not charged,private health insurance is not necessary.

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