Vasectomy Frequently Asked Questions


How effective is a vasectomy?

Vasectomies are more than 99 percent effective as a form of birth control. However, the procedure does not make you infertile right away. Until two separate semen analysis show your ejaculate is free of sperm, you must continue to use a form of birth control.

Does it hurt?

Most men report the procedure as "uncomfortable". The worst part for most is the anesthetic being administered (about the same as an injection at the dentist). The hair growing back on the scrotum can also be uncomfortable for some.

Will it affect my sex life?

Most studies show that men’s sex lives are better or unchanged after a vasectomy.

Can it be reversed?

A vasectomy reversal is possible, but the chance of reversal with restoration of fertility varies and is dependent on multiple factors. In general, if that vasectomy is reversed within 5 years there is roughly a 50-60% chance of restoring fertility.

Will I still feel like a real man afterwards with regards to hormones?

Absolutely. Your testicles will still produce testosterone, so there is no reduction in your masculinity.