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Vasectomy - what to expect

What you need to know about your appointment with Marie Stopes UK

Vasectomy is a simple procedure that takes about 15 minutes

It's performed under local anaesthetic, and during the procedure a surgeon seals the sperm-carrying tubes (vas deferens) to prevent sperm entering the fluid when ejaculation occurs.

Once the area is numbed, a small hole is made in the scrotum to locate the vas deferens and the tubes are sealed using heat. The incision is very small and no scalpel or stitches are needed.

If you're considering vasectomy, our specialist team are available 24/7 to offer expert advice and support

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Your vasectomy consultation

When you book your vasectomy, one of our advisors will arrange your consultation. This appointment will take around 15 minutes, and you can do it face-to-face or over the phone.

There will always be a 10 day gap between your consultation and your procedure. This means if you choose to have a face-to-face consultation, it will not be on the same day as your procedure. Most people find it easier to have their consultation over the phone.

During your consultation we will go over the vasectomy procedure in detail, so you know what to expect on the day, and what to do afterwards. We will also discuss your medical history, and the risks and complications. You can use your consultation appointment to ask any questions you might have about the procedure.

Before your treatment you will be asked to read and sign a consent form confirming that you understand the procedure, the possible risks and complications, and the aftercare instructions.

Making sure you're comfortable

Before the procedure starts, a fast-acting local anaesthetic is injected into the skin of the scrotum with a small needle.

The injection can be slightly uncomfortable, but the anaesthetic will numb the area immediately.

During the procedure, some men may feel a tugging sensation or slight pain in their lower abdomen, but most describe the procedure as uncomfortable rather than painful.

You’ll be given pain relief if necessary & advice on what pain relief to take afterwards if needed.

Looking for more information about vasectomy?

You’ll find answers to the questions people ask most about vasectomy here. If you can’t find out the information you need, please call us on 0345 300 0212.

Making the right choice for you

Vasectomy is a permanent and effective method of contraception. Knowing what to expect from your vasectomy procedure and recovery will alleviate any stress and concern you may have about the procedure.

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