Written by Dr. Varshini Jayaraman,  Ph.D. | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond)

Vasectomy- Sterilisation Technique For Men

Vasectomy is a surgical procedure where a part of the vas deferens is surgically removed

Vasectomy is an effective and safe form of birth control method in men. In this surgical procedures a part of the vas deferens (the small tube which carries sperm from the testicles) is cut and removed through surgery. This disconnection ensures absence of sperms in the ejaculate during intercourse, thus making him sterile. Vasectomy does not affect the volume of ejaculate or potency of a man. Most men get confuse vasectomy with castration. In the latter, the testicles are removed, which affects the production of male sex hormones (predominantly testosterone). However in vasectomy, the production of sex hormones in undisturbed. Therefore there is no decrease in the sexual drive (libido) or in having an erection or in the ability to ejaculate.

In the United States, the surgery is performed on more than 0.5 million men. Despite the fact that it is less costly and is associated with fewer complications than the female tubal ligation, the number of vasectomies is significantly less when compared to the number of tubal ligation done worldwide. Reasons for this include:

1. Equating vasectomy with castration

2. Perception of vasectomy as loss of masculinity

3. Fear regarding pain or complications associated with the procedure

Recent studies point out that men in their 30s or 40s are more likely to undergo vasectomy compared to men of other age groups.

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Tom57, United States

Having had a traditional bi-lateral vasectomy myself over 29 years ago, I can tell you that it is a very easily done procedure with minimal pain. I had my surgery done in very early afternoon and was working already that evening due to the fact that I had to as I was a dairy farmer and had cows to be milked. Other than the milking and routine chores, I did take it easy for several days and tried to ice my scrotum area whenever possible. I had a very quick recovery, went for sperm check in two months and was given the "all clear" for safe sex. Best decision my wife and I did during our entire marriage. Forgot to mention that we had two children and our family was complete before having the vasectomy. I am writing this for educational purposes hoping that it will encourage men contemplating vasectomy to go ahead with it.

rassammy, Panama


danewbeat, United States

can you get someone pregnant after having a Vasectomy done in 3 years?

skatman, United States

Is this article real? The author must be in third or fourth grade. There are grammar errors all over the place and that is what makes me deem this article completely unprofessional. Although the information was helpful, the author should see to it that he/she take a grammar class prior to wtiting another medicle article.

corn_nut26, Canada

is it possible for a women beinging 25 with a man being 55 with a vasectomy to have it reversed and still able to produce healthy sperm to have a family together?