At The Vasectomy Clinic in Celbridge, we have been performing Vasectomy procedures since 2001. The operation is performed in a relaxed General Practice, outside normal surgery hours. If you wish to arrange a pre vasectomy consultation, call us on 01 5130100.
What is a Vasectomy?
Vasectomy is the male solution to contraception. It is the equivalent of tubal ligation in the female and is in practice a very similar procedure without the need for a general anesthetic.
How effective is the operation?
The operation is extremely effective and has a very low failure rate. It is considered to be the most effective form of sterilisation and more effective than tubal ligation in the female.
As only some of the sperm are used in any one ejaculation, it is considered wise to wait for four months before testing for effectiveness. It may require upwards of twenty ejaculations to clear the tubes of all sperm. The usual time for testing for effectiveness after the procedure is at sixteen and eighteen weeks.
It is essential that alternative forms of contraception are used following vasectomy until two clear specimens of seminal fluid are confirmed to show no sperm.
Preparation for Vasectomy
The procedure should be considered a permanent solution and irreversible. Before the operation, the patient must have a physical examination to ensure that the tubes on each side are suitable for resection under local anesthetic.
Occasionally hernia operations or a history of undescended testes as a child may make operation under local anesthetic unadvisable. Also a history of testicular pain is a relative contra-indication for surgery and should be discussed with the doctor before operation. It is however rare for surgery not to proceed for the above reasons.
Prior to the procedure you are advised not to take Aspirin or alcohol on the night before or on the day of surgery as this can increase the blood flow and result in increased bleeding. Otherwise no particular preparation is required for the surgery. Patients are advised to wear supportive underpants rather than boxer shorts and although some will bring a partner, there should be no difficulty in driving home following the procedure.
When may I resume normal activities?
It is advised that following a vasectomy the patient should rest as soon as possible after the procedure and undertake only essential activities. General advice is to sit and read or look at television for the rest of the day.
Sedentary activities around the house or indeed at work can be undertaken after twenty-four hours, but one should not undertake even extensive walking for at least three days after the operation. Sexual activity can recommence whenever you feel comfortable but it is advised to wait a few days.