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Vasectomy (male sterilisation)
Is a permanent method of contraception for men. It is highly effective and carried out under local anaesthetic in a community setting.

Lancashire CaSH offer vasectomy services within Central Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, a refferal from your GP is required to access these services.  Please call 01772 401140 for more information. To access services within North and East Lancashire you will need to contact Blackpool Sexual Health Services.

Male sterilisation (vasectomy) is freely available within certain Contraception Clinics. Advice regarding Vasectomy (male sterilisation) is available from  our Contraception Clinics and GPs.

         What is male sterilisation (Vasectomy)    
    How is a vasectomy done?
    How will I feel after the operation?      
    What happens following surgery?  
    When will a vasectomy be effective?  
    Completion of Operation  
    What are the advantages of sterilisation?  
    How do I get a referral if I am considering a vasectomy?  

 

What is male sterilisation (Vasectomy)

A vasectomy is a permanent method of contraception, suitable for people who do not want any more children. The tubes (vas deferens) that carry sperm from your testicles to your penis are divided, preventing the sperm meeting the egg.

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How is a vasectomy done?

You should shave the scrotum two nights before the operation and bathe just before you come to the Clinic.

The Operation can usually be done quite quickly and is very simple.  The tubes which carry sperm to the penis are divided and securely tied to prevent it being ejaculated during intercourse.  A local anaesthetic is usually all that is needed but some patients prefer a general anaesthetic.

After the operation you will need to stay at the Clinic for a short time.  It is not usually necessary to take time off work unless your job is a heavy one, when it would be wise to spend the following day at home.  You should avoid driving for two days.

The operation usually takes between 20-30 minutes and is done within the Contraception Clinic use the location finder on this site to find your nearest Vasectomy Clinic.

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How will I feel after the operation?

Your scrotum may become bruised, swollen and sore. You will find it a comfort to wear tight fitting underpants, to support your scrotum for a few days after surgery.  You should avoid strenuous exercise for at least a week.
For most men the pain is described as “quite mild” and this can be alleviated with regular painkiller – You doctor will advise you following the surgery.
If, however, you are at all worried, and certainly if there is any swelling of the scrotum, you should ring the Contraception Clinic 01772 401140, Vasectomy Clinic, GP or Hospital Casualty Department.

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What happens following surgery?

You will be seen again by the Surgeon/Clinic Nurse one week after the operation for a check.  There may be no stitches for removal but you should keep the small wounds covered with gauze until they are healed and not allow them to get wet.

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When will a vasectomy be effective?

The operation will not be considered to be complete for 4-5 months, the first sperm count will take place 16 weeks after the operation and a second sperm count will follow 4 weeks later. Until there have been two consecutive negative sperm counts.  You should not consider yourself to be sterile (No need for additional contraception) until you have received notification in writing from the Surgeon.  It is, however, important to continue having intercourse after the operation in order to wash away the millions of sperm which will have travelled up the tubes before they were cut.  Remember that sperm will still be present in the seminal fluid and capable of making your partner pregnant for many weeks after the operation, so it will be necessary to take contraceptive precautions.  The Clinic Doctor will advise you and your partner on a suitable method.

It is important to remember, you can only rely on a vasectomy for contraception after you have been told the semen test is negative.

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Completion of Operation

When the Surgeon is satisfied that there have been two consecutive negative sperm counts and that in all other respects the operation may be regarded as complete, he will write to you and your General Practitioner. This will usually occur 4-5 months after the operation. Failure rate is very low one in 2,000 male sterilisations fail. There is no other method known which can give you results more reliable than this.

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What are the advantages of sterilisation?

The operation makes no physical difference whatsoever to your health or sex life.  On the contrary, by removing the fear of having unwanted pregnancy, it may make your sex life happier.

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How do I get a referral if I am considering a vasectomy?

You can self-refer by contacting to one of the Contraception Clinics (use the location finder on the site for your nearest CaSH Clinic) or your GP can send a referral direct to the LCFT Vasectomy Service.

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