A vasectomy provides men with long-term contraception after one simple in-office procedure. Board-certified urologist Micaela Aleman, MD, at Lone Star Urology in Austin, Texas, is an expert in performing vasectomies with minimal discomfort. If you are sure you do not want children in the future or consider your family complete a vasectomy may be for you. Call Lone Star Urology to arrange a consultation, or use the online booking feature to make an appointment.
A vasectomy procedure offers men a safe, permanent method of preventing conception. It is almost 100% effective as a birth control method, so it’s a great choice if you are sure you do not want to have children in the future or you consider your family complete.
For fertilization to occur, viable sperm need to reach a woman’s egg. Your testicles make and store sperm, then during sex, you ejaculate a fluid produced by the prostate gland (semen) from your penis into the woman’s uterus.
During a vasectomy, Dr. Aleman seals the vas deferens tubes that transport the sperm from the testicle to the penis.
Dr. Aleman will advise you on vasectomy’s suitability for your needs after:
Diagnostic imaging may sometimes be necessary to examine the testicle structure in detail.
Dr. Aleman tells you about any preparation required for your vasectomy, such as stopping certain medications or dietary supplements. You should also arrange for someone to drive you home afterward.
Wear comfortable clothing to your vasectomy appointment and bring tightly fitting underwear to put on afterward. You should also bathe or shower and remove excess hair.
Your vasectomy won’t be painful because you have a local anesthetic that numbs the treatment area beforehand. You can also have a mild sedative to help you relax.
Dr. Aleman makes a tiny hole in your scrotum to extract and cut the vas deferens. She seals it and places it back inside the scrotum. A typical vasectomy lasts 10-30 minutes.
After your vasectomy, you will likely experience some mild swelling, tenderness, and/or bruising. Ice the area, get some rest, and wear tight-fitting underwear for at least 48 hours to support your scrotum. You should also avoid sexual activity and vigorous exercise until Dr. Aleman gives you the all-clear.
After a vasectomy, there could still be sperm in your semen for a while, so use birth control until you you are cleared. At your follow-up visit, Dr. Aleman runs tests to ensure your semen is sperm-free.
Call Lone Star Urology to learn more about having a vasectomy, or book an appointment online today.