Vasectomy is a form of male birth control that cuts the supply of sperm to your semen. It's done by cutting and sealing the tubes that carry sperm. Vasectomy has a low risk of problems and can usually be performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia.
Before getting a vasectomy you need to be certain you don't want to father a child in the future. Although vasectomy reversals are possible, vasectomy should be considered a permanent form of male birth control.
Vasectomy offers no protection from sexually transmitted infections.
Jan. 19, 2016
- Sharlip ID, et al. Vasectomy: AUA guideline. The Journal of Urology. 2012;188:2482.
- Vasectomy. Urology Care Foundation. http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/vasectomy. Accessed Oct. 12, 2015.
- Ongaro TJ. Overview of vasectomy. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Nov. 20, 2015.
- Rayala BZ, et al. Common questions about vasectomy. American Family Physician. 2013;88:757.
- Viera A. Vasectomy and other vasal occlusion techniques for male contraception. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Oct. 12, 2015.
- Barbara Woodward Lips Patient Education Center. Vasectomy. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2007.
- Castle EP (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz. Dec. 6, 2015.
- Trost LW (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Dec. 5, 2015.