Center for Urology
Abraham Woods, MD
Board Certified Urologist located in Altamonte Springs, FL
A vasectomy is an effective long-term solution to male birth control. Vasectomies are low-risk procedures that can be performed in as little as 30 minutes. At the Center for Urology, Abraham Lincoln Woods III, MD, provides safe and effective vasectomies using no-scalpel techniques. To speak with Dr. Woods about whether a vasectomy is right for you, call the Altamonte Springs, Florida, office or book an appointment online today.
Vasectomy Q & A
What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a safe and reliable form of long-term contraception for men. Although vasectomies are highly effective at preventing pregnancy, they do not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases.
It is an outpatient procedure (meaning you go home the same day) that cuts off your body’s supply of semen, allowing you to engage in sexual activity with virtually no risk of pregnancy.
Vasectomies have a low risk of complications or side effects. The biggest concern is the possibility of changing your mind after the procedure is performed, which is why it’s important to be sure about your decision to undergo a vasectomy.
How is a vasectomy performed?
A vasectomy is a quick procedure that requires minimal downtime. Before your procedure, Dr. Woods conducts an in-depth consultation to assess your health and help you determine if a vasectomy is right for you.
To begin your vasectomy, Dr. Woods numbs the area near the scrotum using local anesthesia. Dr. Woods specializes in no-scalpel vasectomies, which are performed through small puncture holes instead of incisions.
No-scalpel vasectomies have a lower risk of infections and other complications and result in a faster recovery.
Once he’s accessed the scrotum, Dr. Woods locates the vas deferens, the tube that transports sperm out of the testicles. The vas deferens is cut and sealed, and your puncture holes are bandaged.
How effective are vasectomies?
Vasectomies are nearly 100% effective at preventing pregnancy. There are few risks associated with the procedure and it can be done in as little as 30 minutes.
Although vasectomies are highly effective, the effects aren’t immediate. It takes a few months for sperm to clear out of your semen.
During that time, you should resort to alternative methods of birth control. Six to 12 weeks after your surgery, Dr. Woods performs a semen analysis to determine if there’s any sperm left in your system.
Are vasectomies reversible?
Although it’s possible to reverse a vasectomy, you shouldn't undergo the procedure with intentions of getting it reversed.
In most cases, reversing a vasectomy is riskier than the original procedure. If you’re unsure about wanting more children, there are other effective, less permanent options for contraception, like condoms.
To speak with Dr. Woods about whether a vasectomy is right for you, book your appointment by phone or online today.