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Vasectomy overview

A vasectomy (pronounced va-SEK-tuh-mee) is a surgical procedure performed as a method of birth control in men. It involves cutting the tubes (the vas deferens, pronounced VAS DEF-uh-renz) that carry sperm from the testicles.

Vasectomy is one of the most effective forms of birth control. Only about 15 of every 10,000 couples get pregnant in the year after the man has a vasectomy.

As part of a program of research on the safety and effectiveness of male contraceptives, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) supports studies and other activities advancing understanding of vasectomy.

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Comment from: JJ, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 07

I had a traditional bilateral vasectomy in 1982. We had two children and desired no more and wanted permanent birth control. I had the surgery in the morning and came home and rested with ice packs in the afternoon. I resumed my work as a construction worker the next day, though my movements were calculated and slow. I had minimal pain and bruising from the vasectomy surgery. My wife and I have now lived with our decision to have me sterilized for 34 years with never a regret. It was the best decision we made for our family planning.

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Comment from: theo, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 24

I had vasectomy 6 days ago and am still hurting. I am feeling a bit disappointed that I'm not recovering faster. I am still feeling ache in my testicles and lower abdomen. The procedure was quick and easy. I was laid low for one day and then have resumed work but have not resumed working out, heavier activities, etc., due to pain. Really hoping I'm not a 1 in 1000 with PVPS (post-vasectomy pain syndrome). Living with this ongoing would be terrible!

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Comment from: Aukay, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 01

I had a vasectomy done 4 days ago. It took about 15 minutes. My testicles are a little sore and nothing else. I took only 3 pills for pain and a little bit of ice on it this morning. I'll give it a little bit of time and reassess.

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