Vasectomy Doctor in Yorba Linda & Fullerton, CA
Each year in the U.S., around half a million men choose to have a vasectomy to permanently prevent them causing a pregnancy. The team at Southland Urology in Orange County, California offers safe, minimally invasive vasectomy procedures from their comfortable and modern office. If you’re sure you don’t want to have any more children, call the experts at Southland Urology to schedule a consultation. Our offices our conveniently located in Fullerton and Yorba Linda, CA.
What is a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a form of birth control during which the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm, are cut. When the tube is cut, there is no way for sperm to be released from the penis. This procedure is considered a permanent form of birth control, but it is possible to have a reversal surgery should the patient change their mind in the future. In most cases, a vasectomy will be performed in-office and is considered an outpatient procedure.
Benefits of a Vasectomy
It is recommended that Orange County men only get a vasectomy when they are certain that they no longer wish to have children. It is the preferred choice for many couples because:
- The use of male birth control (condoms) or female birth control (pills, IUDs, etc.) is no longer needed.
- The procedure is almost 100 percent certain to prevent pregnancy.
- It is much less expensive than female sterilization.
What is the Recovery After a Vasectomy?
Immediately following your vasectomy at our office in Fullerton or Yorba Linda, there will be bruising and swelling, but those symptoms should subside after a few days. Apply ice packs every few hours to help control these symptoms. Wear tight-fitting underwear so that the scrotum is provided extra support.
Get plenty of bed rest during the first week. At the very least, stay off of your feet for two or three days. Avoid bathing for about 48 hours because this will allow the incisions to heal faster and prevent infection. Take the antibiotics that your urologist provides.
Most patients are able to return to their normal lives after one week.
Can You Have Sex After a Vasectomy?
Wait at least one week before having sexual intercourse. Keep in mind, you may not be sterile right away. Ejaculate may still contain sperm and may continue for several months after the procedure. After a few months, the doctor will check sperm levels to confirm that it is declining until it reaches zero.
The vasectomy will not affect your sex drive and orgasms. Occasionally, men feel a slight pressure in their testicles when aroused, but eventually, that feeling will go away.
Vasectomy Frequently Asked Questions
You should plan on the procedure taking 10-15 minutes on each side. After undressing below the waist, you will have the affected area sterilized and a sterile drape will be positioned. Then, your urologist will numb the area with a local anesthetic; the anesthetic is administered without a needle, so you should just feel a slight pinch or pluck, like picking a hair. If you have any pain during the procedure, tell your urologist and he will give you more anesthetic. During the procedure, the ends of the vas deferens will be clipped, cauterized, and sealed to prevent regrowth. The hole made for the procedure is so small that you will not even require stitches, so you can go home after with minimal fuss.
Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen products for the week leading up to your vasectomy. The day before or morning of, shower and shave the area where the scrotum and penis meet. Wear comfortable clothing to the appointment and arrive approximately 15 minutes early to fill out procedure forms.
Ice the area after the procedure, rotating off and on for best results. You will receive a pain medication prescription for use after the local anesthetic wears off. Avoid ibuprofen and aspirin for the first two days, but after that ibuprofen is very effective for managing pain. Avoid activity and rest for the first 72 hours after your procedure. You may shower, but do not take a bath or use a hot tub for the first 72 hours. Within a week of the procedure, you should be able to return to all of your daily activities, including sexual activities.
No. The vasectomy is simply a procedure for male sterilization. There is no evidence that vasectomy leads to sexual dysfunction. The procedure works so that when the body produces sperm, it is reabsorbed rather than ejaculated. After having this procedure, there is a very small decrease in ejaculate that will not be noticeable or affect your sex life in any way. The procedure does not cause erectile dysfunction or lessen sex drive.
Vasectomy is a permanent form of birth control. If you are sure that you do not want any future children, this is the best option for you. It is a quick, easy, and safe procedure at our office.
Vasectomy is permanent and more effective than pills or condoms. Once you are considered sterile, you do not need to take any additional steps for contraception (although vasectomy does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases). There is only a 1 in 2000 chance of pregnancy after a patient has been determined sterile by vasectomy. Vasectomy is also less expensive and less invasive option than tubal ligation for permanent birth control.
Our procedure is designed to be performed without the use of needles or scalpels in order to minimize discomfort. During the procedure, you should not feel any sharp pain. If you do, let your urologist know and he will administer more local anesthetic.
In nearly every case, no. In very rare cases, a patient will experience chronic testicular discomfort after the procedure. However, this is not something that is common in any way, and should not affect your decision to get a vasectomy. Vasectomy does not cause any kind of cancer, including prostate or testicular.
Schedule Your Vasectomy with Southland Urology
If you would like to talk to a specialist at Southland Urology about a vasectomy at one of our Orange County area offices, please give us a call at (714) 870-5970.