Tests and treatments
What is it?What is it?
Sterilisation is a definitive, safe and reliable form of contraception for men. During a vasectomy, the seminal ducts are cut. This prevents sperm from reaching the seminal fluid. During sexual intercourse, only seminal fluid that does not contain sperm will be released, which prevents conception. A vasectomy is a simply procedure that does not influence ejaculation or sexual functioning.
After disinfecting the scrotum, two incisions are made on the scrotal skin. The seminal ducts are then revealed. A piece of both seminal ducts is removed, after which the ends are sewn up using suture material. The wounds are then closed with dissolvable sutures.
After the procedureAfter the procedure
For the first few days, it is best to only do light activities and to avoid strenuous physical exercise. You will wear supportive underwear for the first few days as well (e.g. no loose boxer shorts). In case of pain, you may take pain medication that has been prescribed by your attending physician. Baths or swimming is not recommended for one week. Showering is allowed starting on the day after the procedure. The wounds may be cleaned daily with a non-alcoholic disinfectant (isobetadine, chlorhexidine, etc.). Time off of work depends on the sort of work you do and can vary from a few days to up to a week. It is not recommended to drive after the procedure. Sexual intercourse is not recommended for one week.
Fertility after the procedureFertility after the procedure
After the sterilisation, you will not be immediately infertile. During the first few months after the sterilisation, sperm may still be released. For this reason, you should use some other contraceptive method during this period when you have sexual intercourse. 8-16 weeks after the sterilisation, you should submit a sperm sample for the laboratory (with your GP or the hospital). If the test shows fewer than 100,000 immobile sperm cells, the chance that the sterilisation is successful is 99%, and you may stop using additional contraception.
This information can also be found in the leaflet below:
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Latest publication date: 15/01/2024