In this comprehensive guide, we hope you will find the answers to your questions about the no-scalpel vasectomy, from start to finish. To learn more or schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Errol Singh, please do not hesitate to call our office at 614-784-8765.
How does a Vasectomy Work?
Men have two testicles that make sperm. The sperm travels from the testicle to the urethra through small tubes called the “vas deferens”. The vas deferens are about the size of a piece of spaghetti. When you ejaculate, the sperm travels through the vas and mixes with the fluid (seminal fluid) from the prostate gland. Sperm only makes up about 1-2% of the seminal fluid, and the rest is made by the prostate, which is not affected by a vasectomy. By having a vasectomy, sperm are not able to join the seminal fluid made by the prostate. The ejaculation volume will be about 98% of what it was before – not a notable difference.
The testicles also make the male hormone, testosterone. Testosterone is absorbed from the testicle directly into the bloodstream. It will not be affected by a vasectomy.
There will be no change, for better or worse in potency after a vasectomy.
Before Your Vasectomy
When deciding if a vasectomy is the most suitable method of birth control for you, you should evaluate the different forms of birth control available and select that which meets your preferences and future plans. When looking for a safe, effective, and cost-efficient birth control option, the no-scalpel vasectomy is a great option.
Make sure to consider whether you do not want to have any or more children as expanding your family after a vasectomy will not be an option and vasectomy reversals are not always successful. If you are in a long-term committed relationship, include your partner in the decision to be sure you are both on the same page regarding birth control options and children.
Preparing for Your Initial Video Consultation
You will first need to contact our office to register as a new patient. At this time, our office will also collect your insurance information which will need to be verified by our billing department to ensure in-network and Telehealth coverage.
After your insurance verification has been complete, our office will contact you with the outcome. Our office will work efficiently to have you scheduled for your initial virtual consultation within 1-2 weeks of receiving your call. Once scheduled, we will work with you to set up and help navigate our NextGen Patient Portal, which incorporates a Telehealth video platform. If the Patient Portal is not a great fit for your upcoming appointment, we may offer utilizing Doximity, a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform.
Preparing for Your Procedure
After scheduling your Vasectomy, you will need to follow the following pre-operative instructions to best prepare for your appointment:
1. Do not take any blood thinners 7-10 days prior to procedure. Click here to view a list of medications to avoid