Vasectomy is a permanent form of male contraception. It can be performed under either local or general anaesthesia as a day case procedure. It is possible to remain fertile after having a vasectomy for up to 12 weeks and contraception should be used throughout this period.

Small incisions approximately 1cm in length are made on each side of the scrotum by the surgeon and a portion of the vas deferens (sperm tube) is removed.

Dissolvable stitches are used and normal activities such as working and sport can be resumed immediately. A negative semen test via the GP is performed after 12 weeks to confirm sterility.