Permanent birth control isn’t just for women: Men who don’t want to father any children in the future can also opt for a vasectomy, a surgery that effectively prevents sperm from entering semen or leaving the body. Whether you don’t want to become a father at all or your family is already complete, a vasectomy can give you peace of mind that you won’t find yourself facing an unplanned pregnancy. Advantage Health Care in Wood Dale, Illinois provides comprehensive permanent birth control services, including vasectomies, to patients in the DuPage County area. Call us or Request an appointment online today.

Vasectomy Q & A

Q.What is a vasectomy ?

A vasectomy is a safe, effective, and permanent form of birth control for men. The simple procedure, which is usually performed in an outpatient setting, works by blocking sperm from passing into semen. Your semen is what normally carries your sperm out of your body during ejaculation; a man who has had a vasectomy still ejaculates normally, but his semen no longer contains any sperm.

Testosterone levels and all other male sex traits also stay the same, and the procedure won’t affect your ability to get an erection.

The vasectomy procedure has been used successfully for many years, and has very few side effects.

Q.What are the benefits of a vasectomy ?

Vasectomy surgery is safe, quick, convenient, effective, and permanent. Having a vasectomy means that you can have sex without worrying about causing a pregnancy. It also means you no longer have to think about other birth control methods when you’re in the heat of the moment.

It’s important to remember, however, that a vasectomy won’t protect you from contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). To protect yourself from getting an STD, you need to continue using condoms.

Q.Am I a good candidate for a vasectomy ?

You may be a good candidate for a vasectomy if any of the following apply:

You don’t want to father any children in the future
You’re in a stable, long-term relationship and you and your partner agree to permanent birth control
You’re in a stable, long-term relationship and pregnancy would be a health risk for your partner
You have a genetic disorder that you don’t want to pass on to a child
A vasectomy may not be the best choice for you if you’re unsure about whether you’ll want children in the future, or if you may have other partners in the future.

Q.How effective are vasectomies ?

Vasectomy surgery is extremely effective: Fewer than 1% of men who have a vasectomy go on to cause a pregnancy.

Because some sperm remain beyond the blocked part of the tubes, however, the procedure is not effective right away. After you have a vasectomy, you must continue to use another form of birth control until the sperm are gone. This process can take up to three months.

When you have your mandatory follow-up visit with your physician at Advantage Health Care, they’ll check to make sure there’s no more sperm in your semen.