A vasectomy is a birth control method in which your surgeon severs and closes your vas deferens, the tubes that transport sperm from your testicles into your seminal stream. 

This minimally invasive procedure is a safe procedure with minimal side effects in most patients. Some men may experience short-term bleeding, bruising, and swelling immediately after vasectomy. Most people recover in about a week.

A vasectomy doesn’t affect your hormones, sex drive, or sexual function in any way. The only permanent change is that your ejaculate lacks sperm.

After a vasectomy, you’re not sterile immediately. Your physician will conduct a sperm analysis after your vasectomy to confirm the lack of sperm in your ejaculate. 

To learn more about having a vasectomy, make an appointment with your urologist.