What happens during a vasectomy?
Most vasectomies are carried out under local anaesthetic and if you choose to have one, you’ll usually be able to go home the day it’s carried out.
Your testicles and scrotum will be numbed so that you don’t feel any pain - but you will be awake.
A vasectomy can be performed at a doctor’s surgery, in hospital, a private clinic or a sexual health clinic. There are two types of procedure, conventional and no-scalpel.
If you opt for the conventional vasectomy, a surgeon will make two incisions in your scrotum with a scalpel after the skin is numbed with a local anaesthetic. The vas deferens is then cut and a section removed. The ends of the tubes are sealed or tied and then the incisions are stitched. The stitches will usually be dissolvable and should disappear within a week.
The no-scalpel vasectomy is a newer technique, also carried out under a local anaesthetic. In this procedure, the doctor locates the vas deferens under the skin of your scrotum manually and then clamps them in place. A tiny hole is then punctured in the scrotal skin, and opened up with forceps. The surgeon can then cut the vas deferens without having to make an incision. One benefit of this procedure is that there won’t be much bleeding and you won’t need any stitches. It’s also thought to be less uncomfortable and less likely to cause complications.