A vasectomy is nearly 100% effective as a permanent way to prevent pregnancy. At McCormick | Finger Urology in Harlingen, Texas, expert urologist Dr. Erin McCormick and her team offer men in the Rio Grande Valley this simple procedure as a form of male birth control. If you’re considering a vasectomy, call the office or book an appointment online to find out more.
Men who are certain they no longer want to father a child are candidates for a vasectomy. It is a permanent form of birth control and much less invasive and more affordable than female forms of sterilization.
A vasectomy can be reversed, but it’s not guaranteed to work. So you should be sure you’re done having children before having the procedure. Note that a vasectomy will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.
During a vasectomy, your supply of sperm to your semen is cut off, so you’re no longer fertile. The entire procedure takes 10-30 minutes and is done on an outpatient basis, so you go home the same day.
Dr. McCormick numbs your area with a local anesthetic and then makes a small incision in the upper part of your scrotum. She locates and seals off the vas deferens (the tubes that carry semen from each testicle). She then closes the incision.
For the first few days following the procedure, you may have some swelling, pain, and bruising in the area. You’ll avoid sexual intimacy for about a week; ejaculation can cause pain or blood in the semen.
You are not immediately protected against pregnancy, so use alternative forms of birth control until Dr. McCormick informs you that sperm is no longer present in your semen. She will schedule a semen analysis 6-12 weeks after the procedure to test the effectiveness of the vasectomy.
You may hear that a vasectomy can negatively affect your sexual performance or permanently damage your sexual organs. These are unfounded claims: A vasectomy does not affect your sex drive or masculinity in any way.
To dispel another myth, a vasectomy does not increase your risk of cancer or heart disease.
Also, the procedure is not severely painful; discomfort is mild and goes away in a few days.
If you’re considering a vasectomy, set up an appointment with McCormick | Finger Urology by calling or booking online to find out if the procedure is right for you.