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Vasectomy

In this male sterilisation procedure, the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles are cut and sealed. The operation is performed under local anaesthetic and patients can go home on the same day. After a vasectomy, the testicles still produce sperm but it cannot be ejaculated through the penis and is re-absorbed by the body. However the prostate gland continues to produce seminal fluid and there is no noticeable difference in the fluid ejaculated during orgasm. After 2-3 months, a semen sample is taken to check that no sperm remain - during this time, an alternative method of contraception should be used.

Vasectomy should be considered as a permanent method of sterilisation, although a surgical reversal is sometimes possible.







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