What is it?
- An operation that results in permanent contraception for men who have completed their family or who never want children.
- Otherwise known as vasectomy.
How does it work?
- The tube (vas deferens) that carries sperm from the testicles to the penis is blocked off so no sperm are released when the man ejaculates (“comes”).
What’s great about it?
- Extremely effective. Only 1 in 1000 sterilised men get their partner pregnant.
- It’s permanent. You don’t need to think about contraception again whilst you are with that partner.
What’s not so great about it?
- No protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - condoms advised.
- Involves surgery and an anaesthetic and the risks associated with these.
- Its permanent - some men decide they want a child/more children and regret being sterilised. Procedures to reverse the sterilisation may not be successful.
- Not effective right away - may take up to 3 months.
- The tube / vas deferens can re-join after the operation meaning the partner may fall pregnant.
Where can I get it?
- A trained health care provider completes the procedure. This can be organised by the GP or at specialised family planning services.