According to numerous international studies and research, there are no long-term negative side effects of having a vasectomy.
Often Dr Katelaris comes across this concern from his patients. There has been decades of international studies on this concern, and to date there is no association of a vasectomy increasing a mans risk of prostate cancer.
In this short video the doctor addresses this concern and explains how that is not an issue and that is why at Katelaris Urology they are performing more vasectomies than ever before.Read More »[Video] What are the Long Term Effects of a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy doesn’t change or impair a man’s sexual performance or pleasure in any way.
One of the most common questions Dr. Katelaris is asked is if a vasectomy will alter a man’s sexual performance, experience or pleasure.
In this video Dr Katelaris answers one of the most commonly questions asked about getting a vasectomy. The Doctor explains how a vasectomy does not impair a man’s sexual encounters, including libido, erection and orgasm, all unchanged. In many ways a vasectomy can improve a couples sex life, as there is no longer the concern of using protection or the risk of unwanted pregnancies.
Doctor Katelaris performs vasectomies in the Urology Outpatient Clinic in Hornsby, if you would like to make an enquiry about getting a vasectomy contact Katelaris Urology today.
What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is considered one of the most effective methods of birth control, and the operation is given to around 10,000 Australian men each year.
A vasectomy is a small operation</a> that prevents the release of sperm during male ejaculation. The procedure involves clamping, severing or sealing the vas deferens from each testicle. This prevents sperm, the male reproductive cells, from mixing with the semen that is ejaculated from the penis. This means that, even if your ejaculate comes into contact with an egg, it cannot be fertilised. This procedure does not prevent sperm from being produced; sperm will still be produced by the body, but it will simply be reabsorbed. This is a normal occurrence and happens to sperm that remains dormant and is not ejaculated, even in men without a vasectomy. Due to the fact that the vas deferens tubes are blocked before the seminal vesicles, you will still produce the same amount of fluid when you ejaculate.
A male vasectomy is a permanent type of contraception for men that involves severing the vas deferens tubes so that sperm can no longer be transported from the testes.
A successful procedure should not interfere with the patient’s enjoyment of sex with a partner. However, there are a number of things men or couples should consider before proceeding. Here are a few of them.
Reasons for the vasectomy and whether it’s the right solution
If you want a vasectomy, you need to be very sure that you don’t want to father children in the future, as a successful reversal cannot be guaranteed. If there is any doubt in your mind, you might want to investigate whether another less permanent solution for contraception might be more suitable at this stage.
Time required for success
Some sperm is usually still present in the tubes after the procedure and this may be the case for up to three months. This means that other types of contraception should be used until tests show the all-clear.
Risk of failure and complications
Risks include bruising or infection at the site and a pregnancy rate following a vasectomy of around 0.1% to 0.2%. While the risks involved in vasectomies are very low, they should still be taken into consideration.
How it is performed
A conventional male vasectomy involves shaving a small area of the scrotum, administering a local anaesthetic and making incisions in the scrotum, followed by locating and cutting the tubes and closing with stitches.
A more modern procedure is that of a no-scalpel vasectomy, which is safer and less invasive. It involves more effective anaesthesia and making tiny incisions with pointed forceps in the scrotum which require no stitching afterwards. This method takes only a few minutes and has a much lower complication rate than for a conventional vasectomy.
Where to have it done
Vasectomies can be done at a public hospital but there is usually a waiting list involved. They can also be performed privately at a urology clinic and usually only require a day stay. However, if you opt for a no-scalpel vasectomy it can be done within minutes.
How to prepare for a vasectomy
There is no requirement to fast prior to having the procedure, and most men should be able to drive themselves home afterwards.
If you would like to find out more about a male vasectomy, consult with a qualified urologist to discuss the procedure and whether it is right for your circumstances.Read More »What to Consider Before Having a Vasectomy
Today is World Vasectomy Day.
Granted, there are a lot of ‘world days’ held each year that aim to raise awareness of particular issues or problems. Unlike those that just aim to boost the profile of a cause however, World Vasectomy Day on November 13 takes it one step further.
Not only are free information and education sessions on the procedure and its effectiveness offered as part of this annual event, doctors across the world also actually perform vasectomies.
Brief history and main objectives of WVD
In 2012, a media activist and a urologist got together to talk about the impact of the human population on the planet. The first World Vasectomy Day (WVD) was launched in Adelaide in 2013, making this year’s event the third to take place. At that first event, the organisers achieved their aim of getting more than 100 doctors in 25 countries to perform over 1,000 vasectomies in 24 hours. In 2014, the event really took off, with 500 doctors performing 3,000 vasectomies in 32 countries!
The main objectives of the event include:Read More »World Vasectomy Day Aims to Demystify the Male Vasectomy
A male vasectomy is considered to be a very simple and effective form of birth control for men, with partner pregnancy rates following a successful procedure being generally less than 0.2%. This is usually a day procedure that involves severing or clamping of the vas deferens – the tubes than carry the sperm from the testicles to the penis.
A successful result means that while ejaculation of seminal fluid may still take place, it should not contain any sperm. However, other forms of birth control are recommended until all already-present sperm has been completely cleared from the vas deferens following the procedure.Read More »Can a Vasectomy be reversed?