Many patients come to Entira Family Clinics in need of family planning services. Whether you’re trying to conceive or trying to avoid getting pregnant, we can help you. Our family planning services include several types of birth control (including Depo-Provera shots, Nexplanon implants, and IUD insertions), pre-conception counseling, obstetric care, infertility evaluation, as well as a vasectomy. Contact your clinic to find out which locations/providers offer these services.
What is a Vasectomy and how does it work?
Vasectomy is a form of birth control for a man that is meant to be permanent. During a vasectomy, a health care provider closes or blocks the tubes that carry sperm. When the tubes are closed, sperm cannot leave a man’s body and cause pregnancy.
Usually, a local anesthetic is injected into the pelvic area. Then, the doctor makes an incision on each side of the scrotum to reach each vas deferens – the tubes that carry sperm. Sometimes a single incision is made in the center. Each tube is blocked. In most procedures, a small section of each tube is removed. Tubes may be tied off or blocked with surgical clips. Or, they may be closed using an instrument with an electrical current.
Although the anticipation of the procedure can produce anxiety, most men find the temporary discomfort of the procedure mild and easily tolerable. An athletic supporter, ice bag, and non-aspirin pain reliever may help ease the pain.
The procedure usually lasts about one half to one hour. You can usually go home shortly after the procedure is complete.
**Accept referrals from other clinics/physicians within Entira Family Clinics.