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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 puncture hole is made in the scrotum to locate the vas deferens and the tubes are sealed using heat. A scalpel is not used and stitches are rarely needed on the skin.

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 20 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 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 as it means you only need to come to the centre once. 

During your consultation we will talk about 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.

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, you may experience some discomfort, often described as a tugging sensation, but everyone is different. 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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Recovery and aftercare

Follow our advice and tips to help speed up your recovery after your procedure.

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We provide counselling for anyone who would like time to talk through their options before making a decision

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