What is a Vasectomy?

Considering a vasectomy? Here are a few facts you should know:

Vasectomy is a minor surgery that provides permanent birth control for men.

  • Nearly 50 million men have had vasectomies worldwide.
  • Around 500,000 vasectomies are performed every year in the US.
  • Vasectomy has the highest success rate of any form of birth control (99.85%.)
  • Vasectomy is more effective than other forms of contraception including condoms (98%) and birth control pills (96-99%.)
  • Besides providing birth control, a Vasectomy does not alter the sexual experience in any way.

If you are certain that you do not want children, vasectomy offers permanent protection from unwanted pregnancy and the responsibilities involved in fathering a child.


Vasectomies performed in the U.S. each year

1 in 2000

Risk of pregnancy after vasectomy is 0.05%

Vasectomy Procedures

  • The procedure is minimally invasive and is performed on an outpatient basis.
  • Vasectomy has a very low risk of complications and patients are usually able to return to work in 1 to 2 days.
  • A vasectomy will have no noticeable side effects for 98–99% of men.
  • During the procedure, the vas deferens tube is clamped, cut, or sealed. This prevents sperm from being released during ejaculation. Sperm continues to be produced, but the sperm are reabsorbed into the body.

No Needle, No Scalpel Vasectomy

No Scalpel Vasectomy is every bit as effective as the traditional Vasectomy. No Scalpel Vasectomy is even less invasive than the minimally invasive scalpel vasectomy. This results in less discomfort, shorter recovery time, and an even lower rate of complications.

No Needle Vasectomy offers most patients another less-invasive treatment than traditional Vasectomy. Rather than using a needle to deliver local anesthesia, the No Needle Vasectomy uses a jet injector to numb the area. This eliminates any fear of needles and removes the pain of a needle injection.

No Needle and No Scalpel Vasectomy may be combined to maximize the benefits of each procedure.

Schedule a Consultation

Considering a vasectomy in Century City, Santa Monica, Tarzana or surrounding areas? Start with a consultation with leading fertility specialist Dr. Scott Zeitlin: