If you and your partner decide that you no longer want to have children, you may consider having a vasectomy. With us, you’ll have expert advice and support at every stage of your treatment.

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What happens during a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is usually performed under a local anaesthetic to ensure you don't feel any pain.

Your doctor will feel for your vas deferens (the muscular tubes that transport sperm). They may use a special forcep-like instrument to create a small opening in the skin above the vas deferens (known as the no-scalpel technique). Alternatively, they may make one or two cuts (1 to 2cm long) in your scrotum.

Your doctor will pull out a section of each vas deferens and cut each tube. The ends of the tubes will be closed off, either by tying them or by heating the tissues so that the tubes seal shut. The tubes will then be put back into your scrotum and the opening will be closed using dissolvable stitches or adhesive strips.

The entire procedure generally takes around 10 to 15 minutes.

Feel confident with Bupa

The thought of having a vasectomy may be slightly daunting. With us, you'll receive a full consultation and specialist treatment and an in-depth aftercare service, to help you feel comfortable and confident in your decision.

To help put your mind at rest, all our vasectomy patients receive a full aftercare service. This includes pain relief if required and support and advice for the days following your procedure.

Speak to us today to arrange a consultation.

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