Dr Sheehan answers all your frequently asked questions about vasectomy. From vasectomy cost through to safety, side effects and effectiveness.
Why is the No Scalpel vasectomy more affordable than traditional vasectomy?
Vasectomy cost for the improved No Scalpel method is much lower than a traditional vasectomy primarily because the procedure requires no general anaesthetic so there are no anaesthetist fees or hospital bills to pay.
By utilizing local anesthesia, the No Scalpel vasectomy can be conducted as an outpatient procedure in a clinical setting. This eliminates the costs associated with hospital stays, making the overall procedure more affordable for individuals seeking a reliable method of birth control.
It is important to note that the affordability of the No Scalpel vasectomy does not compromise its effectiveness or safety. This minimally invasive procedure still offers a high success rate and a low risk of complications, making it a viable option for those considering a permanent method of birth control.
Considering the lower cost and effectiveness of the No Scalpel vasectomy, individuals can make an informed decision about their choice of birth control based on both financial considerations and their reproductive goals.
If you are considering a vasectomy procedure, we recommend consulting with a healthcare professional who can provide personalized advice, discuss the various options available, and help you make an informed decision that aligns with your needs and preferences.
What is my total vasectomy cost at Queensland Vasectomy?
Your out of pocket costs with Queensland Vasectomy will be $480. You need to perform semen testing at least 3 months after the vasectomy to ensure it has been successful. This is approximately $30 and payable directly to the pathology lab conducting the test.
Many other clinics also charge for medication and initial consultation fee – there are no hidden or extra charges at Queensland Vasectomy.
- You will pay $735 ($100 deposit and $635 on the day) for your vasectomy and receive a Medicare rebate of $255. Your total out of pocket cost is $480.
Please note that in order to have your Medicare rebate processed on the spot you will need to bring a savings or debit card. Medicare will not pay the rebate onto any credit cards.
Can I drive home after my vasectomy?
Yes, that is one of the advantages of having a local as opposed to a general anaesthetic.
Is No Scalpel Open-ended vasectomy safer?
Yes, No Scalpel Open-ended vasectomy is safer than a traditional vasectomy.
- No general anaesthetic or sedation is required, which both carry small risks.
- No stitches are required reducing the risk of infection.
- There are no scalpel incisions so recovery time is faster.
- There is a lower risk of post vasectomy pain syndrome.
Is No Scalpel Open-ended vasectomy painful?
No, Scalpel Open-ended vasectomy is often described as the ‘painless vasectomy’ compared to a traditional vasectomy. Most men describe a slight “discomfort” rather than “pain”. It is no more painful than having a mole removed or a dental filling.
How effective is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is the most effective form of permanent contraception.
In very rare cases, even when the vasectomy is performed perfectly by a highly skilled doctor, a process called recanalisation can occur when the ends of the vas deferens tubes spontaneously re-join. This is rare, approximately 0.5%, and usually occurs in the first three months.
To minimize the risk of recanalization, Dr. Sheehan employs three separate techniques during the vasectomy procedure. However, it is crucial to take proactive measures to ensure the success of the vasectomy. This involves having your semen tested three months after the procedure to verify its effectiveness. On average, it takes around 25 ejaculations to clear any remaining sperm from the vas deferens. Until you receive confirmation of a successful vasectomy, it is essential to use an alternative form of contraception to prevent pregnancy.
After the three-month mark, approximately 80% of men will be given the all-clear based on the initial semen analysis. However, the remaining 20% will need to undergo a repeat semen analysis after an additional month to ensure complete sterility and confirm the success of the procedure.
Are there any side effects?
As with any medical procedure, there is a very small risk of complications. The most common are:
- Infection. No Scalpel vasectomy has much lower rates of infection due to a single 2-mm wound versus a 2-cm incision on each side of the scrotum with traditional vasectomy. Infection is more likely in men who smoke or are overweight. For this reason, Dr Sheehan asks that patients refrain from smoking on the day of their vasectomy. Shaving the area on the morning of your vasectomy also reduces the risk of infection.
- Bleeding. No Scalpel halves the risk of bleeding compared to a traditional vasectomy. Bleeding occurs in around 1% of patients. Blood thinners can increase the risk of bleeding but not so much that they need to be stopped. Paracetamol or Panadol do not increase the risk of bleeding and are safe to use beforehand.
- Post vasectomy pain. It is normal to experience a small amount of discomfort for a few days after a vasectomy. Most men describe the discomfort as a ‘slight squeeze’ or ‘fullness’ in their testicles. A very small percentage of men (approximately 0.001% or one in 1000) experience ongoing discomfort that can last up to one year. Dr Sheehan uses an open-ended technique to minimise this risk. He also has a list of post op recommendations to help minimise any risk of ongoing pain.
Will having a vasectomy affect my sex life or reduce my testosterone?
No. A vasectomy simply prevents sperm from being able to travel from your testes through your vas deferens tubes to semen during ejaculation. It does not stop sperm or testosterone from being produced. Having a vasectomy will NOT affect your sexual function, sex drive or performance. A vasectomy will not change or reduce your testosterone levels, virility, masculinity or erections.
It is worth noting that while a vasectomy does not alter your sexual function or testosterone levels, it does not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). To safeguard against STIs, including HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, or herpes, it is essential to continue practicing safe sex by using barrier methods like condoms.
Why don’t you use general anaesthetics?
Midazolam-sedation and general anaesthetics carry a small degree of risk and increase costs. They also stop men from driving home after their vasectomy. Even though the risk of a general anaesthetic is small, the outcomes are serious and can even be life-threatening. The small discomfort with a local anaesthetic (comparable to a mole removal or dental filling) eliminates the risk and inconvenience of a general anaesthetic. Basically, it’s not worth the risk.
Are there any vasectomy alternatives?
Alternatives to male vasectomy are female tubal ligation, hormonal contraceptives and barrier methods such as condoms. Barrier methods and hormonal contraceptives both have ongoing costs associated with them and have a higher failure rate compared to a male vasectomy. Vasectomy cost is much lower than costs for female tubal ligation. Tubal ligation also has a higher failure rate and has a greater risk of complications than a vasectomy.
I am highly anxious about having a vasectomy
If you experience anxiety about having a vasectomy Dr Sheehan can prescribe a preoperative medication to help reduce nerves and anxiety. Most men relax quickly once the vasectomy has started and are surprised at how quick and painless the procedure is.
Is there a reversible form of vasectomy?
Male vasectomy can be reversed; however, it is an expensive procedure that must be performed by a microsurgeon and there is no guarantee of success. A vasectomy reversal is more likely to be successful if done within 10 years. Many doctors believe that a No Scalpel Open-ended vasectomy is easier to reverse as traditional methods remove a small section of the vas deferens. A vasectomy should be considered a permanent method of contraception.
No Scalpel Open-ended Vasectomy is an improved method that is safer, faster and has a lower cost than traditional vasectomies.
Is a vasectomy the right choice for you? To book your vasectomy with Dr Sheehan and the team at Queensland Vasectomy, call (07) 3180 1505 or contact us online.