Gold Coast Vasectomy FAQ
What is a Vasectomy?
A minor 15-30 minute operation, under local anaesthetic performed in an out-patient operating theatre. Vasectomy offers the most effective permanent means of surgical contraception. It has one of the lowest incidences of side effects when compared with other contraceptive methods.
How Is It Done?
The doctor closes the tiny narrow tubes through which the sperm (male seeds) travel. This tube, the vas deferens, gives the operation its name.
How Does This Prevent Pregnancy?
Sperm travelling through the tubes enter a mans sexual discharge (semen) . Cutting the tubes prevents sperm from reaching the semen. When there are no sperm in the semen after a vasectomy, the discharge at sexual relations cannot cause pregnancy.
What Happens To The Sperm?
They die, dissolve and are absorbed by the body, a process which occurs with all cells - for example 5 hundred million red blood cells die every day.
Does Vasectomy Involve A Mans Sex Organs?
No, neither the penis nor testicles are affected. Semen and male hormones are produced as usual. Studies on men, both before and after vasectomy, have demonstrated that no hormonal changes occur.
Does Vasectomy Affect Sex Enjoyment Or A Mans Ability To Reach A Climax?
There is no change. A man enjoys sex as much as before and continues to have erections, orgasm and ejaculations of semen but the discharge is sperm-free. Removal of fear of accidental pregnancy may add a greater sense of pleasure.
Does The Operation Hurt?
With local anaesthetic there is usually no pain. As with other minor surgery some discomfort or tenderness may be felt afterwards. This can be relieved with Paracetomol.
Does The Operation Require Time Off Work?
Most men can return to their jobs after 2 to 3 days. BUT should avoid heavy work or sport for 7 to 10 days.
What Are The Risks Of A Vasectomy Operation?
All surgery involves some risk. The most frequent complications are local swelling, bleeding and infection, (about 1 in 100). Serious bruising , pain or other complications (less than 1 in 1,000).
How Soon After Can The Man Have Sex?
As soon as you are comfortable which may be only a few days.
Is There Any Chance Of Pregnancy After Vasectomy?
Active sperm may remain in the vas (tube) ahead of the cut and come out in the semen for some time after the operation. This varies with each man, but might take up to several months. So a contraceptive method must still be used until the semen is tested and the man told his discharge contains no sperm. In very rare instances a tube may grow back together, letting sperm pass through, or one side may have more than one tube.
Can Fertility Be Restored At A Later Time?
Some success has been recorded in reconnecting the tubes surgically. But no one should count on reversing the operation. Couples should use vasectomy only when they are certain they do not want more children. Medicare does not have a refund for reversals.
Before My Vasectomy?
Avoid Asprin and anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofin. Shave the scrotum and pubic area and thoroughly clean the area. Firm underpants rather than boxers.
How Do Men Who Had Have A Vasectomy Feel About It?
The great majority are happy about it and recommend it to their friends. Few men express reservations or regret. Usually these have had complications, insufficient discussion beforehand, expected it to solve a previous problem, or were pushed into having the operation.
How Is A Vasectomy Arranged?
You can self refer or your GP will refer you to the Vasectomy Venue Vasectomy Clinic, 95 Nerang street, Southport 4215, on 1800 Vasectomy = 1800 827 328.
Is The Cost Refundable From Medicare?
Yes, but the amount varies with Federal Government policies.