STOPPING SPERM AT THE SOURCE
Male Sterilisation, also known as a vasectomy, is a permanent surgical contraceptive method. It involves cutting the tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the penis during ejaculation in a procedure that is done under local anaesthetic. Since it is permanent and highly effective, it is an option for those who never want to have children, or who don't wish to have any more.
After the procedure, the man can still ejaculate, but the seminal fluid will not contain any sperm. Sterilisation will only affect the man's fertility, and not his libido or his ability to have sex, but it's important to consult a doctor or nurse before making a decision. They will help you weigh the benefits and risks and advise you on alternative long-acting methods of contraception such as the IUS or IUD. Sometimes it is possible to reverse a vasectomy, but the procedure is very complex, so there are no guarantees. After the procedure sperm is still present in the male genital organs, with 2 or more semen analyses required to check when the sperm has cleared. This usually takes place approximately 16-18 weeks after the operation, it is important to use other contraceptive methods during this time
Sterilisation does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
Typical use means how well the method works in real life and perfect use means how well a method works under 'perfect' or ideal conditions for example when there is no user error at any time.
EFFICACY WITH PERFECT USE
Sterilisation is more than 99% effective with “perfect use” meaning that less than one woman in every 100 who uses this method for one year will become pregnant.
Sterilisation is a highly effective, and permanent, method of contraception that is performed by a doctor or nurse.
EFFICACY WITH TYPICAL USE
Sterilisation is more than 99% effective with “typical use” meaning that less than one woman in every 100 who uses this method for one year will become pregnant.
Since Sterilisation is a procedure performed by a doctor or nurse, it is highly effective with typical use.
No. Male Sterilisation is hormone-free.
Ease of Use
Male Sterilisation is permanent. Once the procedure is done, it’s done.
Male Sterilisation has no impact on menstruation.
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