A vasectomy is a procedure that makes a man sterile (unable to get a woman pregnant). During vasectomy, the tubes that carry sperm are blocked. When the tubes are blocked, sperm cannot leave a man’s body and cause pregnancy.
Vasectomy has a number of advantages over other forms of birth control:
Vasectomy will not affect your masculinity or sexual performance. Your body will continue to produce male hormones, and you should have the same sex drive. You will still be able to have an erection, orgasm and ejaculation. In fact, some couples say their sex life is improved because the fear of pregnancy is gone.
A vasectomy is an outpatient procedure. This means that you will be able
to go home on the same day as the surgery. You will likely be awake during the
procedure and may be given medication for pain and relaxation. Your
doctor will discuss your options with you.
There are two types of vasectomy: traditional and no-scalpel. These procedures are similar in many respects, but no-scalpel vasectomy is performed without incisions or stitches, which typically results in faster healing times. Traditional vasectomy typically takes 25 to 40 minutes, and the no-scalpel version of the procedure is usually completed in approximately 15 minutes.
Vasectomy is a very safe procedure. But like all surgeries, there are some risks. These include bleeding, infection, a mild reaction called sperm granuloma, and pain.
Vasectomy is one of the most effective forms of birth control. However, vasectomy is not effective right away. Even after your surgery, sperm will remain beyond your blocked tubes. You will have to ejaculate a certain number of times over a few months to get rid of the sperm. A simple test shows when there are no more sperm in your ejaculate. Until then, you must use other birth control.
Lahey's expert team of board-certified urologists provides vasectomy services at six convenient locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire:
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center41 Mall Road Burlington, MA 01805 Phone: 781-744-8762 Driving directions
Lahey Urology at Emerson Hospital 131 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Suite 740 Concord, MA 01742 Phone: 978-369-5551Driving directions
Lahey Institute of Urology at Dover 17 Old Rollinsford Road (Building A, Suite 3) Dover, NH 03820 Phone: 603-742-5011 Driving DirectionsLahey Institute of Urology at Nashua 17 Riverside Street Nashua, NH 03062 Phone: 603-594-0800 Driving directions
Lahey Institute of Urology at Portsmouth875 Greenland Road (Orchard Park, Building C, Suite 3) Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: 603-742-5011 Driving Directions
Lahey Institute of Urology at RochesterFrisbie Medical Building 21 Whitehall Road, Suite 203 Rochester, NH 03867 Phone: 603-742-5011 Driving Directions
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