Frequently Asked Questions
The decision to have a vasectomy is important you and your partner. We have compiled a list of common questions that may arise for you both when deliberating on whether the procedure is right for you.
What are the risks of vasectomy?
The risk is small. An infection can usually be treated effectively with antibiotics.
It is common to experience a little swelling or bruising which can be relieved with painkillers and an ice pack. A small, pea-sized lump (sperm granuloma) may develop around the wound and last for a while. This is your body’s natural reaction to the healing process, and usually needs no special treatment.
A small amount of bleeding is not uncommon. This may form a swelling called a haematoma, particularly if you have been very physically active in the first day two after your Vasectomy. A haematoma can be painful, but subsides over time. In rare cases, further treatment may be needed.
A very small number of men have been known to experience testicular pain for several years following a vasectomy.
Does vasectomy increase the risk of cancer?
There is no firm evidence linking vasectomy to cancer of the prostate or testicle. However, we advise all men, whether or not they have had a Vasectomy, to undergo regular health screening. It is also important to get into the habit of regularly checking your own testicles for lumps.
Are there any alternatives to vasectomy?
There are very few methods of contraception for men, either vasectomy or condoms. If you have doubts about whether or not you will want to have children in the future, you should choose another method instead of male or female sterilization.
How effective is No-Scalpel Vasectomy in comparison to other methods of contraception?
After you have produced a clear semen analysis sample the failure rate of vasectomy is about 1 in 2000. Vasectomy is the only method of contraception for men other than condoms. Condoms are not very effective for contraception and have a failure rate of 5-10 in 100. The contraceptive pill has a failure rate of 3-6 in 100 and the coil and tubal ligation have a failure rate of approximately 1 in 1500.
How do I prepare for my vasectomy?
- A scrotal support or jock strap worn after the procedure can increase your comfort.
- The day before, shave or trim away the hair from the area on the front of the scrotum, just below the base of the penis.
- Lather and wash the scrotum and groin area the evening before or day of your vasectomy.
- Wear a clean pair of briefs, rather than boxers on the day of your proceedure. You could also consider the option of wearing your cycling shorts or speedos if you have them, to provide support to the scrotum.
- Avoid all aspirin and aspirin-containing products for five days before your vasectomy. You may use paracetamol at any time.
Will it affect my sex drive or performance?
Vasectomy does not alter your hormones, sex drive or ejaculate. It makes you infertile not impotent. Most men enjoy the same sex life after their vasectomy as before.
Can I drive home?
It is advised that you arrange for someone to give you a lift home where possible to maximise your comfort. The procedure is carried out in a comfortable modern clinic close to Dundrum Shopping Centre, with plenty of available parking, and close to the Luas Line. Our reception staff can help you to organize a taxi to take you home if you prefer this option.
Will my vasectomy be painful?
There can be very mild discomfort following the procedure for about 2 days and this is easily relieved using rest, supportive underwear and over the counter simple painkillers such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. It is recommended that you consider wearing a scrotal support (jock strap) following your procedure to increase your comfort.
How long do I need to use alternative contraception after my vasectomy?
You and your partner will need to use alternative contraception until you are given the all-clear following the semen analysis samples sent 16 weeks and 18 weeks after your vasectomy. Instructions on semen analysis sampling will be provided at the time of your procedure. It may take 20- 25 ejaculations to empty the system entirely of sperm. We will write to you to let you know that your samples are clear when it is safe to rely on your vasectomy.
Can my vasectomy be reversed?
Vasectomy reversal can be very complex with variable chances of success. The decision to undergo vasectomy must be considered carefully. Vasectomy should be presumed to be a permanent contraceptive choice.
Can my vasectomy fail to work?
A vasectomy is successful in providing permanent contraception for you in 99.9% of cases. Recanalisation is where the vas deferens manages to "grow back" and reverse the vasectomy making a man potentially fertile again. This can occur in the initial months in 1 in 300 vasectomies. In the rare event of this occurring it will be identified by the semen analysis you carry out after your vasectomy. Your vasectomy is considered effective only when semen analysis has shown that you have no moving sperm in your semen. Recanalisation may occur later than this time in 1 in 4000 vasectomies.
Does my partner need to accompany me to the pre-operative visit?
It is not necessary for your partner to accompany you to the initial visit but they are more than welcome if they so wish. We do strongly encourage you to discuss the procedure and its implications with your spouse or partner both in advance of the initial visit and also prior to attending for your vasectomy.
What should I expect in the days after the procedure?
You may experience mild discomfort in the first 24 hours. We advise men to rest at home with their feet up to minimise post-operative discomfort. Discomfort is normally minimal if you use regular over-the-counter painkillers like paracetamol and neurofen, rest and wear good supportive underwear in the days following your vasectomy. Should you experience pain greater than this please contact the clinic and we will take care of you.
How soon can I return to work?
If your job is particularly physical it is strongly recommended that you do not return to work for 2-3 days following the procedure. In less physical roles, patients can return to work almost immediately, although proceedures are scheduled to allow most patients to have the option of resting over a weekend before returning to work.
How soon after can I have intercourse?
Many men can comfortably resume sexual intercourse after 3 days.
How soon after my Vasectomy can I exercise?
Depending on the type of exercise, running and non-contact sports can be resumed within the week but it is advisable to wear good supporting underwear initially, such as a scrotal support or jock strap. Contact sports can be resumed usually by the end of the second week.
How much does a vasectomy cost?
The fee for the vasectomy procedure is €450. Included in the cost of the vasectomy is the initial consultation, the cost of the procedure, two semen analysis samples to confirm the success of the vasectomy and a follow up consultation if required. Remember that you may be eligible for tax relief on medical expenses such as surgical fees. Nervous clients may also opt to undergo vasectomy under sedation.
Can I opt to be sedated during the procedure?
Nervous clients may opt to undergo vasectomy under sedation.
Where is the procedure carried out?
our Vasectomy procedure will be carried out in a comfortable modern clinic located between Grand Canal Dock station and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin 4 with plenty of available parking.