Valley Urology Center
Urologists located in Renton, WA
If you’re looking to eliminate the chances of pregnancy, a vasectomy is one of the most reliable and simple options available. At Valley Urology Center in Renton, Washington, the experienced team of urologists also offer a no-scalpel technique as a simple and less invasive vasectomy treatment. To find the most advanced men’s reproductive health services in western Washington and the Pacific Northwest, call Valley Urology Center or schedule an appointment online today.
Vasectomy Q & A
What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy, or male sterilization, is a surgical technique that eliminates the chance of a man being able to impregnate a woman. During this procedure, your doctor blocks or cuts the tubes carrying your sperm from your scrotum to prevent it from leaving your body. These two tubes are the vas deferens.
Vasectomies are considered a permanent birth control solution, and while you can have a vasectomy reversed, it only restores fertility 40-90% of the time. If you’re considering having children in the future, you should wait to have a vasectomy.
How does a vasectomy work?
In order to become pregnant, a woman’s egg must come in contact with a man’s sperm so fertilization can take place.
A man’s testicles make sperm. Sperm then travels from your testicles through your vas deferens and mixes with other fluids to makes semen. These seminal fluids alone don’t cause pregnancy as they must contain sperm from the testicles to fertilize a woman’s egg.
By blocking or cutting the vas deferens, you prevent the possibility of pregnancy as sperm is unable to fertilize a woman’s egg. When your sperm can’t leave your testicles, your body simply reabsorbs it.
It generally takes about three months for your semen to no longer contain sperm after your vasectomy. Vasectomies don’t affect the feeling of your orgasms and also don’t prevent semen from leaving your body when you ejaculate.
What is a no-scalpel vasectomy?
There are two popular vasectomy procedures. The incision method, which uses one or two incisions in the scrotum to access your vas deferens, and the no-scalpel technique. Valley Urology Center relies on the no-scalpel technique because it’s a simple and less invasive surgical procedure that uses a single puncture.
During a no-scalpel vasectomy, you receive a local anesthetic for your comfort. Using a special clamp with very sharp tips, your urologist at Valley Urology Center punctures the tissue of your scrotum. They then cauterize or suture your vas deferens without cutting any blood vessels or nerves near your scrotum.
No-scalpel vasectomies offer several advantages. Not only are they less traumatic for the vas deferens, but they require no stitches or sutures and only take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Because of this minimally invasive approach, you generally experience less pain and fewer risks of infections or blood clots.
If you’re considering a vasectomy, call Valley Urology Center or schedule an appointment online today.
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