More than 500,000 American men choose to have a vasectomy each year. Finding the right doctor for this procedure is important. James Richey, MD, and Lance Templeton, MD, of Alexandria Urology Associates in Alexandria and Oakdale, Louisiana, are highly skilled in vasectomy techniques and have helped many men take control of their reproductive health. Learn more during a consultation, which you can book online or by phone today.
A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that prevents a man’s sperm from reaching his semen, thereby preventing pregnancy. This form of birth control is the most reliable method and results in only 1-2 pregnancies out of every 1,000 women who have partners with a vasectomy.
There are many reasons to choose a vasectomy. The vast majority of birth control options are available only to women, but many men also want the opportunity to prevent pregnancy. For men who are certain they don’t want more children, a vasectomy is a great option.
Other couples choose vasectomy to avoid relying on hormonal female birth control. Many women struggle to find a hormonal method that’s right for them and have to live with the disruptive and uncomfortable side effects for much of their reproductive lives. A vasectomy makes good sense once a couple has had their last child.
A vasectomy severs your vas deferens, the tube that runs from your epididymis, the coiled structure on top of the testicle where sperm is stored until ejaculation, and your seminal vesicle, where the fluids that make up semen are stored.
Your doctor accesses your vas deferens through very small incisions in your scrotum. Once your vas deferens are severed the ends are tied, sutured, or sometimes even seared to prevent sperm from reaching your semen.
You’ll receive full recovery instructions prior to the date of your procedure. Following these instructions is key to a successful outcome.
You should plan to take a few days of rest to recover. It’s possible to schedule your vasectomy on a Friday then return to work the following Monday.
A degree of soreness is normal in the days after your procedure. An ice pack can reduce tenderness and ease swelling. Some men prefer to wear a supportive garment similar to a jockstrap for a few days.
Wait a few days before having sex. It’s important to understand that your semen will still contain sperm for a period of time. Use an additional birth control method until you’ve ejaculated 10-20 times after your vasectomy.
If you’d like to learn more about the vasectomy procedure, call the office today to set up a visit or spend a few moments on the online booking page.