For men seeking permanent contraception, a vasectomy is an extremely effective option. Skilled urologist Dr. Jenelle Foote performs vasectomies at Midtown Urology in Atlanta, Georgia. If you’re a man who wants permanent protection from pregnancy, call Dr. Foote or schedule an appointment online to find out if vasectomy is the right choice for you.
Vasectomy, or male sterilization, is a minor surgical procedure that prevents pregnancy by cutting or blocking off the tubes that allow sperm to leave your body. When sperm can’t exit your body through ejaculation, they can’t cause pregnancy.
This quick procedure requires about a week of downtime for recovery and is nearly 100% effective at preventing pregnancy. Vasectomy is one of the most reliable methods of birth control after abstinence.
In a vasectomy procedure, Dr. Foote cuts ties off, or otherwise blocks your vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from your scrotum. That keeps sperm out of your semen and prevents them from leaving your body.
You continue making sperm cells after a vasectomy, but they can’t leave your body. They remain in your testicles, and your body eventually reabsorbs them.
It takes about three months for your semen to be utterly sperm-free after a vasectomy. That means you must use another method of birth control during that time to prevent pregnancy.
Dr. Foote tests your semen after a three month period to ensure it’s free of sperm.
Vasectomy is one of the only birth control methods that are over 99% effective. This procedure offers several additional benefits, such as:
First, Dr. Foote performs a comprehensive physical exam and reviews your medical history to make sure you’re a good candidate for a vasectomy.
The procedure shouldn’t be painful. Dr. Foote starts by numbing your testicles with a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes, after which you should go home and rest.
Most men return to work about three days after a vasectomy, but if your job is physically demanding, you may want to wait a week.
You can resume sexual activity within a few days to a week as long as it’s not painful. Keep in mind that your vasectomy won’t be effective at preventing pregnancy for about three months.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for a vasectomy, call Dr. Foote or book an appointment online.