What is a Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a common minor surgical procedure for men seeking a permanent form of birth control. Vasectomies are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, and are an appropriate contraception option for those who do not wish to have children in the future. In a vasectomy procedure, the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm) are cut and tied to prevent pregnancy. This process is quick and relatively painless, and does not impact sexual desire or function.

Each year more than 500,000 men in the U.S. undergo a vasectomy, with most reporting a high degree of satisfaction with their choice. Many men opt for a vasectomy because it removes the burden of birth control from their female partners.

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Benefits of a vasectomy include:

  • No negative effect on sexual performance or desire
  • Effective and reliable birth control
  • Cost-effective contraception
  • Fewer complications compared to other birth control options
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Anxiety-Free Vasectomies

Our experienced, board-certified urologists understand this can be an anxious time. Your doctor will talk with you to address your concerns, answer questions, and ensure you feel confident with your decision. Your vasectomy is a minor procedure. It takes less than 30 minutes. Vasectomies are performed in our office or at our outpatient surgery center down the hall. You'll go home the same day and can return to work in as little as two days.

Every year more than half of a million men in the U.S. elect to undergo a vasectomy, and most are relieved to find the procedure and recovery process are quick and relatively painless.



How Much Does A Vasectomy Cost?

Vasectomies cost on average $1,000 - $2,000, with insurance often covering some or all the cost. Married couples and couples in long term relationships should consider the lifetime cost of their current method of birth control to truly appreciate how affordable a vasectomy is by comparison.

Aside from the cost of a vasectomy procedure, there are other costs to consider when evaluating birth control options. For example:

  • The cost of your partner’s lost wages or time away from work to recover from more difficult procedures such as tubal ligation (also called tubal sterilization or “having your tubes tied”).
  • Emotional or physical costs sometimes associated with hormonal methods of birth control.
  • The lifetime cost of short-term birth control methods such as condoms, contraceptive pills and IUDs or implants.

Vasectomies provide peace of mind and permanent protection in the event of a loss of insurance or income, which could make it difficult to access other forms of birth control.

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Vasectomy Procedure

Vasectomies are elective, minor outpatient procedures that do not require a diagnostic process or referral from a primary care physician. Scheduling a consultation is quick and easy. One of our board-certified urologists will meet with you to discuss your health history, address your concerns and questions, and help you choose which procedure option is best for you.

Schedule a consultation now by calling 253-840-4994 or click here to request more information.


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Vasectomy FAQs

We understand you have concerns about vasectomies and whether the procedure is right for you and your family. The board-certified urologists at Proliance Puyallup Surgeons have gathered a list of common vasectomy questions and answers to ease your anxiety and help you understand the benefits of this minor outpatient procedure.

While vasectomy reversal can sometimes be an option, you should consider a vasectomy to be a permanent means of birth control. Vasectomy reversals can be expensive and come with more serious complications that do not always guarantee the intended result. If you are thinking of a reversal right now, you may need to take more time to decide whether a vasectomy is right for you.
Proliance Puyallup Surgeons offer no-needle and scalpel-free vasectomy procedures that are virtually painless. Most patients report only minor discomfort in the days following the procedure. Our board-certified urologists will discuss your options to find a procedure that works best for you.
Most insurance companies cover some or all of the cost of a vasectomy. It’s best to give your insurance benefits provider a call to find out if your vasectomy is covered. Many men who opt for a vasectomy use insurance benefits and health care savings account dollars to cover the cost, when insurance does not pay in full.
Most vasectomy failures occur during the first few months after the procedure, when semen are still present in the body. After your vasectomy, your doctor will conduct semen tests until no more semen are detected. Your doctor will provide you with guidelines to practice protection in the months after your vasectomy.
Yes. One of the reasons men opt for a vasectomy is because there is no impact on sexual function or desire.
Vasectomies are minor surgical procedures that take about 30 minutes from start to finish. The actual procedure takes only a few minutes. Vasectomies are performed in our office or our outpatient surgery center. You will go home the same day, and can return to work in a couple days.
Sexual activity can be resumed within a few days after a vasectomy, but you will need to take precautions to prevent accidental pregnancy. Sperm can remain in the vas deferens for weeks or months after a vasectomy. Semen tests will be performed in the weeks after surgery to determine when it is safe to discontinue use of supplemental birth control.
There is no scientific evidence to suggest there is any positive or negative implication on sexual function or desire. Sexual activity can be safely resumed within a few days of a vasectomy.
Vasectomies are 99% effective, making the risk of accidental pregnancy extremely low. A vasectomy does not make you immediately infertile. It takes six to eight weeks (or approximately 30-40 ejaculations) for all sperm to leave your body. After your vasectomy, you will receive guidelines for continuing to use temporary birth control, as well as information about follow-up semen testing. You must continue to use birth control until a semen test indicates there are no more sperm in your body.
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