Getting a Vasectomy in Brisbane? Read our FAQs

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Getting a vasectomy is a big decision, so it’s important that you have all the facts. We’ve thrown together a quick list of the questions our doctors commonly receive, but remember – this isn’t medical advice. If you’re looking to get a vasectomy in Brisbane, it’s important that you book a consultation with your GP and get the facts face-to-face. Find a Vasectomy Doctor in Brisbane.

What happens during a vasectomy?

During a vasectomy the two tubes (vas deferens) that carry sperm from your testes to a “storage” area near the prostate gland are clamped or cut. As a result, sperm can no longer leave your testes and will not form part of your ejaculate.

Do you still ejaculate after a vasectomy?

Following your vasectomy, you will still be able to ejaculate, with no noticeable difference in volume. Sperm forms less than 5% of your total volume of ejaculate, so you won’t be missing much.

Is having a vasectomy painful?

Most people will experience little or no pain during their vasectomy. There may be some minor discomfort, such as a feeling of pressure or some poking in the general area, but that should be the extent of it. If you’re getting your vasectomy in Brisbane through SmartClinics, our doctors will ensure you experience the minimal amount of pain or discomfort possible.

Are you put under for a vasectomy?

Some doctors will give you the option to be put under a general anaesthetic, but it’s quite rare and barely necessary. The vast majority of vasectomies are performed under a local anaesthetic which is more than adequate.

How effective is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is extremely effective and is the most effective method of contraception available to men. Its effectiveness is almost 100%. The vast majority of failures are in fringe cases involving unqualified or inexperienced doctors. When you get a vasectomy in Brisbane with SmartClinics, you can rest assured that you are in highly experienced, professional hands.

How long after a vasectomy does pain last?

Once your local anaesthetic has worn off, you may feel some minor discomfort. The level of pain you’re likely to experience should be manageable with some over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol. If the pain is significant, chat to your doctor.

What does a vasectomy feel like?

A vasectomy barely feels like anything. There will be barely any pain and only minor discomfort. It’s a very minor surgery and you shouldn’t feel much at all, either during or afterwards.

How long does it take to recover from a vasectomy?

Recovery time from a vasectomy is different for every individual. Most men will be able to get up and be quite active later the same day or in the following days. Every doctor is different, but most will recommend a standard seven-day recovery period following your vasectomy (starting the day afterwards). It’s worth taking the time to recover, as it will help ease any sensitivity or discomfort in the area and reduce the risk of hurting it.

How painful is vasectomy recovery?

Vasectomy recovery, done right, should be almost pain-free. Take a few days and put your feet up. There’s no rush to get out and about after an operation on such a sensitive region.

What is the fastest way to recover from a vasectomy?

The fastest way to recover from a vasectomy is the same as any other minor operation – rest, and plenty of it. Taking it easy and eating healthily will help your body recover faster than anything else you can do.

Can you drive after a vasectomy?

It’s usually not recommended, however it is possible to drive home after a vasectomy. We recommend that you get a ride home from your procedure in order to allow the healing process to begin immediately. If you’re getting your vasectomy in Brisbane, we definitely recommend you dodge dealing with the traffic and let someone drive you home.

How soon can you have sex after a vasectomy?

You will need to wait until you are fully healed before having sex following your vasectomy. It is important to remember that you do not immediately become infertile after a vasectomy. It can take up to 20 ejaculations or a three-month period for any viable sperm to be completely flushed out of your system. You will need to schedule a follow-up appointment three months after your initial procedure to test your fertility. Until then, ensure that you use contraception.

How long does it take for a man to become sterile after a vasectomy?

During your vasectomy, the vas deferens (your tubes) will be separated from your testes. This means that your sperm can no longer be ejaculated. However, some active and viable sperm may remain in the vas deferens.

Where does all your sperm go after a vasectomy?

Because your sperm cannot leave the testes via the vas deferens, they simply stay in the testes. They will “dissolve away” and be reabsorbed by the body over your time. You do not stop producing sperm following a vasectomy – the pathway for that sperm to leave your body is simply removed.

What should you wear for a vasectomy procedure?

You’ll definitely want some support down there – leaving it all to flop around and potentially be sat on is going to greatly increase your level of discomfort. Wear tighty whities or some snugly fitting briefs. Avoid boxer shorts. In Brisbane, vasectomy doctors will likely give you some advice on what to wear at your initial consult.

Do you need to shave for a vasectomy?

You will need to shave prior to your vasectomy. If you don’t, your doctor may be able to have it arranged for you – but you should definitely check ahead of time. If you do decide to shave, just do a close shave with an electric shaver – you don’t want to run the risk of cutting yourself with a razor and leaving yourself open to infection.


Book a vasectomy appointment in Brisbane

If you have further questions, why not have a medical consult with one of our GPs? They’ll answer any queries you have and ensure you’re well informed about everything before you book a vasectomy appointment.

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