Vasectomy Specialist in Sherman Oaks, CA
Having a vasectomy is one of the easiest and most reliable forms of birth control for men. Dr. Richard David provides vasectomy procedures at Skyline Urology in Sherman Oaks. Dr. David takes time to explain this relatively quick procedure in detail and answer all your questions. Learn more and call (818) 990-5020 to schedule your consultation today!
What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a form of birth control during which the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm, are cut. When the tube is cut, there is no way for sperm to be released from the penis. This procedure is considered a permanent form of birth control, but it is possible for men to have a reversal surgery should the patient change their mind in the future.
What are the Benefits of a Vasectomy?
It is recommended that men only get a vasectomy when they are certain that they no longer wish to have children. It is the preferred choice for many couples because:
- The use of male birth control (condoms) or female birth control (pills, IUDs, etc.) is no longer needed.
- The procedure is almost 100 percent certain to prevent pregnancy.
- It is much less expensive than female sterilization.
Vasectomy with No-Scalpel
In most cases, a vasectomy will be performed in Dr. David’s and is considered an outpatient procedure. Full-anesthesia is not required, only a local anesthetic is necessary. A no-scalpel vasectomy does not use incisions, rather, the surgeon is able to access the vas deferens through very small holes. No stitches are needed for this form of surgery. If you are nervous about the procedure, Dr. David can even provide nitrous oxide (laughing gas) during the vasectomy to help you relax.
What is the Recovery Process for a Vasectomy?
Immediately following your vasectomy, there will be bruising and swelling, but those symptoms should subside after a few days. Apply ice packs every few hours to help control these symptoms. You may want to wear tight-fitting underwear so that the scrotum is provided extra support. Downtime is minimal following the procedure other than avoiding sexual activity for about a week to give the surgical location time to heal. Strenuous activity is typically restricted for about a week as well, but most men return to light activity within a day or two.
Get plenty of bed rest during the first week. At the very least, stay off of your feet for two or three days. Avoid bathing for about 48 hours because this will allow the incisions to heal faster and prevent infection. Dr. David may also prescribe antibiotics.
Most patients are able to return to their normal lives after one week.
Can a Man Have Sex After a Vasectomy?
Wait at least one week before having sexual intercourse. Keep in mind, you may not be sterile right away. Ejaculate may still contain sperm and may continue to for several months after the procedure. After a few months, the doctor will check sperm levels to confirm that it is declining until it reaches zero.
The vasectomy will not affect your sex drive and orgasms. Occasionally, men feel a slight pressure in their testicles when aroused, but eventually, that feeling will go away.