Prevent Future Pregnancies with a Minimally Invasive Vasectomy
Dr. Luis Herrera can perform a vasectomy at our Tijuana, Mexico, urology center for men who are certain they do not want to have more children. This procedure, which prevents sperm cells from entering the urethra, is considered a permanent form of birth control. Dr. Herrera’s procedures are not only safe and effective, but also typically cost far less that one would expect to pay in the United States. If are unsure whether you want to undergo this procedure due to its permanency, Dr. Herrera can perform a vasectomy reversal in the future, or freeze a sperm sample for future use during in-vitro fertilization.
What is a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a minimally invasive surgery that involves severing the vas deferens, the small tube responsible for carrying sperm from the testes to the urethra. Contrary to popular misconceptions, a vasectomy will not affect your sex life or increase your chances of developing prostate cancer. Although your testes will continue to produce both sperm and semen, the sperm is naturally absorbed by your body. Outside of abstinence, a vasectomy is the best method of birth control available. Vasectomy has a failure rate of less than one percent, and most pregnancies that occur after the procedure are a result of the patient failing to wait until sperm cells are no longer present in the ejaculate.
Outside of abstinence, a vasectomy is the best method of birth control available.
The Vasectomy Procedure
On the day of your procedure, one of our nurses will shave and clean the scrotum and surrounding areas. Once the area has been thoroughly prepared, Dr. Herrera will administer anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable throughout the entire procedure. After locating the vas deferens in each testicle, Dr. Herrera will make tiny incisions on your scrotum in order to gain access. He will then sever and remove a small section of each tube, while sealing the severed ends. Once completed, the tubes will be placed back inside the scrotum and the incisions will be closed with dissolvable stitches.
What to Expect throughout Your Recovery
The overall procedure can be completed in about 30 minutes and you can return home the same day. You may feel sore and experience some swelling that first week. Dr. Herrera will provide postsurgical instructions to expedite healing. Taking an over-the-counter pain medication and applying an ice pack to your scrotum can help alleviate any discomfort. Resting and wearing tight-fitting underwear or a protective garment can also reduce any remaining discomfort.
Most patients can return to all normal activity, including sexual intercourse, within the week. However, because it can take at least 20 ejaculations to eliminate all remaining sperm in the vas deferens, a vasectomy is not considered immediately effective. We recommend wearing a condom for the first three months to ensure the sperm is completely gone. Dr. Herrera can also perform a specialized semen analysis in-office after three months to verify the effectiveness of your vasectomy.
Due to Dr. Herrera’s experience and advanced techniques, scarring will be virtually unnoticeable. After your procedure, ejaculatory function remains the same and patients should not notice a change in their libido or erectile function. During ejaculation, you will still produce semen, but it will no longer contain sperm.
Schedule Your Visit
If you are a looking for a permanent solution for preventing future pregnancies, contact our urology center online or call (619) 392-8516 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Herrera. He can explain the side effects and benefits of the procedure and help determine if a vasectomy is right for you.