Nearly 500,000 vasectomies are performed every year in the U.S., and most of the recipients end up as satisfied customers. Here are some common questions about vasectomy Des Moines received by your urologist, Dr. Fawad Zafar.

Does the procedure include surgery on the testicles?

No, the vasectomy is performed on the vas deferens, which is a small tube that carries sperm and is located away from the testicle.

Will my body change, i.e., my voice, demeanor, or sex drive?

A vasectomy Des Moines does not alter testosterone production from the testicle, nor does it affect sexual performance in any way. In most cases, neither the patient nor their partner is able to tell it has been done.

How will I know if the vasectomy was successful?

Because it can take a few months to “clean out the pipes” after the vasectomy, patients must continue to use other forms of birth control until they’ve had a semen analysis to prove there are no longer any sperm present.

What happens to the sperm?

They remain inside the testicles.

Can a vasectomy lead to testicular cancer?

Large studies have indicated that there is no increased risk for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, or any other health effects as the result of having a vasectomy.

Can the vasectomy be reversed?

Yes, it involves a rather complex surgery that is not always successful. But there are always sperm present inside the testicle so in vitro fertilization techniques are possible.

Will I be awake during the vasectomy?

That depends on your urologist Des Moines. Some perform the procedure while the patient is awake by injecting a local anesthesia into the scrotum. Others prefer to offer patients a light sedation medicine so they don’t feel anything during the procedure, which typically takes only about 15 minutes.

How long will my recover time be?

Discomfort after a vasectomy is typically minor. Most men will need to take it easy for a few days, apply ice packs to the scrotum and take an ibuprofen every 6 hours.

If you’re considering a vasectomy Des Moines residents should contact our office to schedule a consultation.  We’re here to answer any other questions you may have.