Vasectomy research is an essential part of the process. Did you know that Australia is the second highest country in the world for men to have a vasectomy? The no.1 country in the world is actually our pals in NZ where reports show that a whopping 1 in 4 men over 40 are reported to have had the surgery. In this article, we take a look at some of the top vasectomy facts and information that men researching or planning to have the snip will be searching for. 

Vasectomy Research & Planning Guide – Facts, Info & What You Need To Know

Vasectomy Research – What is a Vasectomy?

In simple terms, a vasectomy is a surgical procedure that sterilises a man and prevents him from fathering children. A vasectomy does not change a man’s sexual desire or his ability to reach orgasm. It won’t stop the production of semen but it will not stop being produced. In simple terms, what happens is that the sperm is released and will be absorbed into your body. A vasectomy is used by millions of men all over the world as a permanent form of contraception.

Are there any side effects from having a vasectomy?

As with any surgery you can expect some side effects or discomfort during the recovery stage. Although you will experience a little swelling and bruising at the incision area after the surgery, side effects are minimal. Due to the nature of the surgery you may experience some pain and discomfort but with some pain relievers and a bag of frozen peas, you can minimise short-term pain or discomfort.

Other side effects of a vasectomy that can incur after your surgery have been summarised below, however, these are very rare due to the No-Scalpel vasectomy procedures carried out at our Gentle Procedures clinics. You can read about vasectomy aftercare in our help guide.

Post Surgery Vasectomy Research – Side Effects

  • Bruising of the scrotum (testicles) 
  • Discomfort and mild pain
  • Swelling and bruising of your scrotum 
  • Inflammation caused by sperm leaking (granuloma) or fluid-filled sac (hydrocele) which can cause swelling in your scrotum (testicles/testes) 
  • Abnormal cysts can develop in your upper testicles 
  • Pregnancy if the vasectomy fails or if you still have sperm cells in your system post vasectomy 

Are Vasectomy procedures performed by a Doctor?

At Gentle Procedures Clinics Queensland, your Vasectomy procedure will be carried out by Dr David Hunt at one of our 5 Queensland Vasectomy clinics. 

A Vasectomy is carried out under local anaesthetic at our Queensland clinics

Vasectomies at our local clinics are carried out under a local anaesthetic rather than general anaesthesia. It is a simple and safe procedure and we find that by using a local anaesthetic the recovery time is drastically improved. If you have major concerns or worries, you can always have a consultation with our Doctor prior to your surgery.

No Scalpels are used during Vasectomy at our clinics 

Gentle Procedures Clinics use a No Scalpel Vasectomy method which makes it a popular option for Australian men. Rather than using a scalpel a small hole is punctured with a special device. Gentle Procedures is a leader in the introduction of the no scalpel, open-ended, no artificial clips vasectomy procedure. Our medical team has world-class training and support, and we are proud to operate at the highest standard of care.

Vasectomy Research – Does a vasectomy change your sexual performance? 

According to a large Australian study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in 2010, men who have had a vasectomy do not report more sexual difficulties such as a decrease in desire. Other studies and published editorials report that men and their partners have reported seeing an improvement in their sex lives which is linked back to confidence in not being able to reproduce. 

Does a vasectomy increase the chance of catching diseases?

According to a vasectomy research guideline paper from the American Urological Association, published in the Journal of Urology in 2012, vasectomy will not increase the risk for diseases including prostate cancer, heart disease, stroke, hypertension or testicular cancer. 

Vasectomy does not protect against sexually transmitted infections

A Vasectomy does not offer protection against Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or other sexually transmitted diseases. As always, it’s best to wear protection, especially if you’re sexually active regularly or with more than one partner. 

Can a vasectomy be reversed?

In some cases it may be possible to reverse a vasectomy, although a vasectomy should be considered a permanent form of contraception and if you have any doubts, it’s best to not go through with the procedure. The vasectomy reversal procedure is called a ‘vasovasostomy’ or ‘vasoepididymostomy’. 

A Vasectomy does not result in immediate sterility

There is a period after the vasectomy procedure where sperm may live for more than a week in the vas deferens, between the sutured ends and the ejaculatory ducts that lead to the penis. For this reason, it’s recommended that after your recovery period, you should continue to use contraception during intercourse with your partner. 

Vasectomies are 99% effective at preventing unplanned pregnancies

Although it may take about 3 months for the semen to become completely sperm-free, a vasectomy is one of the most effective kinds of birth controls.

What are the benefits of No-Scalpel Male Vasectomy at Gentle Procedures Clinics Queensland?

Gentle Procedures Clinics Queensland perform No Scalpel Vasectomies. Studies have shown an eight times lower complication rate, quicker healing, and less intra-operative discomfort for a no-scalpel vasectomy, compared to the more conventional approach. We feel that it is clearly preferable to do a vasectomy through a tiny central opening versus making larger cuts requiring sutures and a more complex recovery. The addition of fascial interposition and skin glue closure are also benefits for most men undergoing vasectomy.

How much does a vasectomy cost?

A Vasectomy procedure with us will cost $675. If you’re eligible for medicare then you can expect to receive a Medicare rebate of approximately $235, meaning that the total cost after your rebate will be approximately  $440.

Where can you get a vasectomy in Queensland?

Gentle Procedures have 5 clinic locations in Queensland they are – Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Underwood, Brisbane and Maroochydore and we’ll be coming to Tropical North Queensland on selected pre-booked dates. If you would like to book a vasectomy appointment, contact our team today or view our local clinic pages on the links below. 

Below is a list of our Queensland vasectomy clinic locations 

Final Fun Vasectomy Fact – Every year, men and women globally celebrate World Vasectomy Day

November the 14th is World Vasectomy Day, which is an annual event to raise global awareness of vasectomy as a male-oriented solution to prevent unintended pregnancies.