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.
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.
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.
We understand you have concerns about vasectomies and whether the procedure is right for you and your family. The board-certified urologists at Puyallup Surgical Consultants 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.