Vasectomies are popular among men and their partners. This quick, simple, and highly effective procedure is a reliable way to prevent pregnancy and may even improve your sex life. Top-rated urological surgeon Scott Zeitlin, MD, performs vasectomies using minimally invasive no-scalpel, no-needle techniques at Los Angeles Infertility and Prostatitis. To schedule a vasectomy consultation, call one of the three Los Angeles area offices in Century City, or Santa Monica and Tarzana, California.
A vasectomy is a contraceptive procedure for men. The procedure involves clamping, cutting, or sealing the vas deferens, which carries sperm from your testicles to your urethra. As a result, your semen no longer contains sperm, so you can’t get your partner pregnant. The change in ejaculatory volume is typically imperceptible.
You may consider a vasectomy if you’re sure you don’t want to have any more children. Dr. Zeitlin can perform a vasectomy reversal, which may restore your fertility. However, this second procedure is more complex and involved, so think of a vasectomy as a relatively permanent commitment.
If you do decide to get a vasectomy, it’s a quick, simple outpatient procedure that reliably prevents pregnancy. It’s especially popular among married men (and their partners). And if you still want to have the option for future fertility you can freeze sperm prior to the procedure. Keep in mind that the procedure doesn’t prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), so you still need to take the same precautions to avoid those afterward.
One advantage of a vasectomy is that it doesn’t negatively affect your sexual performance or sex life. Other forms of contraception can disrupt sexual encounters, in part because you may worry about whether they’ll actually work. Many men report that sex is more spontaneous and relaxed after a vasectomy because they don’t have to worry about unwanted pregnancies.
A vasectomy doesn’t change your sex drive, testosterone production, erectile function, or ability to feel sexual sensations. Though you no longer produce sperm, sperm is just a tiny part of semen, so the quality of your ejaculation stays the same.
Dr. Zeitlin performs vasectomies in office, and the procedure lasts about half an hour. He uses non-invasive techniques, including no-scalpel vasectomies. A no-scalpel vasectomy doesn’t require making incisions, which results in less discomfort, a shorter recovery, and a lower risk of complications than a traditional vasectomy.
Before the procedure begins, Dr. Zeitlin administers a local anesthetic using a device called a jet injector. This no-needle vasectomy technique reduces the pain and anxiety of needle injections. You may also receive a sedative medication so you can relax during the procedure.
Dr. Zeitlin provides aftercare instructions, including how to manage any discomfort. He may prescribe a pain medicine as well. You can expect to return to work after 48 hours and strenuous physical activity after 1 week.
You may still be fertile for three to six months after the procedure. At a follow-up appointment, Dr. Zeitlin tests your sperm and confirms that your semen no longer contains sperm. Until then, plan to use other forms of contraception.
To learn more about no-scalpel, no-needle vasectomies, call one of Dr. Zeitlin’s three offices to schedule an appointment.